Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 03:53:38 +0100
From: "E.Varnell" <>
Subject: Re: SAAB 9000 2.3 CS crank shaft problem

This is a little worrying. I recently bought a 1992 9000 CS 2.3 as a safe car which would be ultra reliable but I seem to have picked a year and engine size that is a little dodgy. I have been wondering whether the quirks I experienced were just "features" but reading these mails maybe not. I have found that changing gear ( I have a manual ) can sometimes be tricky esp. in low gear. 20% of the time it is smooth 70% of the time is feels like there is some light grinding and 10% of the time I will need a couple of attempts to get into 1st gear. I also noticed that the car can be hesitant just after starting. I thought this was due to a defective Direct Ignition unit which I had replaced after it failed but it didn't totally cure the quirk. Also the steering wheel seems to settle slightly to the right which in a pain when motorway ( freeway ) driving. I checked the tyre pressures and they were all balanced. One of the rear tyres has a couple mm more tread but I cannot believe the steering is that sensitive. Has anyone else heard of such quirks? It is a shame because I love the car otherwise and I don't want to sell it. However reading about the problems of 1992 2.3 9000's I am having some doubts!

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