Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 18:56:43 +0100
From: "Lee Marshall" <leenopsamvespamenigma-it.com>
Subject: RE: My dealer hasn't got a clue, can you help? ('97 9000 Aero, Manual)


Back in May I posted a question on this group about an overboost problem I have with my 9000 Aero. I received a lot of replies (particularly from AndyH, cheers!) so I thought I would update you all. Here's a brief summary of the original problem: March 2002: Under load the turbo has started to overboost, leading to fuel cutout. Between March and July: Dealer replaces Turbo, Wastegate, Boost Pressure Control Valve (3 times), ECU and checks wiring several times. Problem not fixed, service manager has no idea but pledges to fix the problem. July: SAAB warranty expires Late July: Dealer says they cannot do anymore repairs under the warranty because they will not get paid, they have already put on 2000 in parts. I have a "discussion" with the MD who agrees to continue the work. August: The desperate service manager suggests (after receiving advice from SAAB GB) replacing the head gasket as he thinks it is leaking and causing the problem (I think it's a result of the overboost, not the cause). Gasket replaced, head skimmed, problem still there. Today: SAAB GB suggest replacing the exhaust system (I suggested that in April and was told that could not cause the problem). I should find out tomorrow if the exhaust system has fixed the problem. Needless to say, I am very disappointed with SAAB GB and my local dealer, County Saab (was River Garage). I think that six months is totally excessive and I can honestly say that I will never buy another Saab again. It's not because of the car, I love the Aero, it's because I will never let County Saab touch one of my cars again. If anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know. Thanks Lee --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.380 / Virus Database: 213 - Release Date: 24/07/2002

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