Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 10:52:10 -0800
From: "John R. Weiss" <jrweissnopsamlobal*nospam*.net>
Subject: Re: used '96 vs '98 900's

I keep the boost gauge below atmospheric when warming up, and take the requisite 10-second rest after each drive in my '82 Saab 900 Turbo with 155K on the original engine (except for water pump, clutch, and thermostat). I also use synthetic oil in it. I take no special care or administer any special maintenance to it. Same with my '98 900S Turbo. I can use either car to tow my 21' sailboat (1000# on the trailer). Other than needing a modicum of common sense in warming up and cooling down, a Saab Turbo can be driven like a "normal" car and survive very well. BTW, I suspect mine will last well beyond 200K... --------------------- John R. Weiss Lake Forest Park, WA Four Weis <mweinopsamcom> wrote in message news:38C86569.9F658415nopsamcom... > I am not "dissing" the turbo, but merely pointing out a well-known fact that > turbos require more care and maintenance than a normally aspirated engine. The > only people who benefit from the ignorance of this fact are the people that > sell and install new turbos. > > The major issue is letting the TURBO COOL DOWN, but you avoided that issue > entirely. Since you ONLY have 101K miles on your car, let us know when you > reach 200,000 miles on the ORIGINAL turbo. Then you can tell us either about > how little maintenance turbos require or more likely how expensive they are to > replace. I have been there and done that and know from personal experience the > maintenance effort required reach that level. > > I understand there are devices called turbo timer which will idle the engine > long enough to cool the turbo. This will work with an automatic, but not a > Saab manual transmission, as the car must be in reverse to take the key out, > unless you want to walk away from a 900SE in neutral with the key in the > ignition. > > >

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