I have a 2002 Volvo S60 with 92k miles.
For years and years I had the oil changed every 3000 miles at a 3rd party shop, who put a sticker on the windshield with the mileage so I’d know when to change it again. When I moved, at 83k miles I took the car to a Volvo dealer, who changed the oil and said that with new synthetics I could change it only every 6000 miles. I asked about a window sticker, and they said they’d program the computer to tell me when it needed an oil change.
Fair enough. However they also told me I was ahead on my service schedule, as I was getting the 90k service at around 83k miles (or some such, I don’t have the actual mileages available). They warned me that the next service would be expensive as the timing belt would need routine replacing.
So I drive the car. After about a year, I get a message saying that it’s time for routine service. I figure this is the car asking for the next routine service, ie for the new timing belt. So I basically ignore this message, thinking I will keep going until I hit the true mileage required for the timing belt replacement. I never get a message about an oil change. Maybe you see where this is going.
So I keep driving. A few days ago I get a message saying there’s no oil pressure. I take the car in. Volvo looks at it and tells me the car is 3 quarts low on oil. The engine and filter are sludged up. It’s now been 9000 miles since an oil change. They ask if they can try and desludge it for about $1700, I agree. They call back a few minutes later and say they found metal filings in the oil pan and that there’s no point in doing anything else, that the bearings are likely stripped and the engine’s days are numbered. They changed the oil/filter and told me to pick up the car. They did not perform any other service, routine or otherwise…
Obviously this is my fault for not putting oil in the car, I am not blaming Volvo for that, though I wish I had just kept doing my usual routine. My question is: is the car truly toast? They basically advised me not to put any more money into it. Is there anything to do to extend the remaining lifetime of the engine, maybe put in an oil desludging additive and have the filter changed frequently? Are things as dire as they indicate?
Any advice would be very appreciated!