2005 Volvo Penta 3.0L w/ SX-M 1.97 Dies when Shifting into Reverse

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Help. I have a new to me 2005 Volvo Penta 3.0L w/ SX-M 1.97 outdrive and it dies when shifting into reverse. Was told it has low hours, < 200, when I bought it. I only ran it once before winterizing it. At the dock it idled fine in neutral but when shifted into reverse would die. When I was able to get it going in reverse to get out of the mooring area it ran fine in forward. Anyone know of the potential problem fixes? Thanks.


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This might be a long shot, but have you warmed the engine up thoroughly before backing out?
I have the identical power plant, (2008), with 322 hours.
it has never liked being put in reverse when cold.
It starts instantly, (use only a single stroke of the throttle to set the choke), then, as long as I let it idle til temp gets to around 140F, it never misses a beat. Try to back out 30 seconds after starting, it will die.