Date: 30 Aug 1997 02:29:39 GMT From: "T & R Loveitt" <tloveit1nopsame.rr.com> Subject: Re: How long do these things last!?
Matt, unless it's been driven dry of coolant (or with a stuck thermostat) or dry of oil (or never changed) or beat on before it's up to full operating temperature (often), the answer is "it'll last until a month before you have enough money to replace the timing chain". Seriously, the engine is a very short stroke design. Large pistons traveling a short distance. The engine is literally 1/2 of an old V8. Thata why it's slanted like that. Every thing is way heaveier than your typical 2 liter 4cyl econobox engine. Keep it cool with good clean oil (Mobil 1 twice a year is a good option to Reddi-lube every 3-4000 mi.) it'll out last the body. Re. the gutless performance. Short stroke engines rely on rpm to make power. It's just physics. Wanna go? Foot to the floor and wind 'er up! Shifting up at 4200-4500 rpm is not abusive and puts you above 3000 in your next gear. SAABs under 3000 rpm are pathetic. Thats why god made turbos. The max piston speed of a SAAB engine at 4000 rpm is like a typical Japanese 2 liter engine at detonation. woof matt zelonka <mattznopsam.com> wrote in article <5u54r4$12o_006nopsam.pond.com>... > > Got a 1987 900... How long do the 8v engines last!?? >