Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 17:21:24 GMT
From: "N. Williamson" <Spudman27nopsamcom.invalid>
Subject: Re: Advice on 95 900 SE V6


mrjazz <mrjazznopsaml.rr.com> wrote: > Have the opportunity to buy a 95 900 SE V6. Just had a valve job > because it blew a timing belt at 63,000 miles. I know that there are a > lot of differing opinions on this car. Some people say to stay away > from the car and other owners really love it. The car has been very > well maintained other than the timing belt issue. Now with a new valve > job and new timing belt and tensioner he is selling it for $7500. Seems > like if you get the belt changed at regular intervals you should avoid > problems. Some opinions on this car would be appreciated. > > I've seen alot of really hostile feelings towards this car in other > groups. > > Thanks > > mrjazz We have a '94 900S witht he V6/automatic. Ours blew a belt at 42,000 and it had just been changed at 35,000. My son and his bud were driving it and I tend to think his buddy may have moved the gear selector into low while they were doing about 50mph. There is no 'overspeed' protection for a downshift like that. $5,200+ in repair work - new heads etc. Lucky for us it was still warranted. We now have 125,000 on it and just got it out of the belt/major service last FRI. The original service interval for the timing belt was 50K or higher, I forget. Defects in the belt design/life expectancy were discovered so Saab amended the interval and now it's every 30K - later V6's had chains. Saab pays for the belt change up thru 95K; after that you're on your own. A new belt tensioner is also out as I had it installed last week during our service. Labor for belt replacement is 2.5 hours and the belt itself is about $110. The only other issues with our engine have been hose related. The upper radiator hose chaffed, developing a small seap so I replaced that and put some anti-chaff wrap on it. The heater box hoses (a connected pair) also chaffed and leaked so those were replaced. Last week the dealer reported the lower radiator hose bulging and it was replaced. The engine itself has been trouble free. It uses zero oil. Some say the V6 oil needs to be changed more frequently than others. I only do it at mid service (5,000 miles) and of course at the normal service. No seaps, leaks, maifold issues, water pump - nada. And it still seems to have all the power it had the day we bought it. The purists are right though about it being GM etc etc and that alone made me wary. Hope this helps. N. -- ********************************************* Why is it all the sensors seeking intelligent life are pointed away from earth? *********************************************

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