Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 19:24:41 +0100
From: "David Haydon" <>
Subject: Re: 91 9000T 5spd trans

Walt, you can take the transmission out either way. Neither are particularly easy, but neither are they beyond the capabilities of the experienced home mechanic (tools permitting). Time is the big issue, both are relatively big jobs. AllData lists the transaxle replacement as 6.7 hours and an engine replacement as 5.5 hours, both without touching other components (e.g. clutch). I have done it both ways myself, I followed the instructions on to take it out from underneath. This is very simple apart from cracking tight/inaccessible nuts and no you do not have to remove the suspension, just disconnect it and drop the subframe and there is enough room (just). Taking the engine/gearbox out as a unit was also relatively straight forward, but you have to be really sure that you will be able to reconnect everything back the way it was (I think I used Haynes as a guide and took lots of photos - I should really get round to posting them on a web page). If you have a non-turbo, I would say taking the engine out may be the quicker, but if you have the turbo then all the extra connections would probably make the dropping it from below the better option. I wouldn't trust it to a non-Saab specialist to take out the engine, particularly if it is a turbo. I can't comment on the slave cylinder, other than to say definitely change it at the same time. As for the mount, I believe that Saab do not supply it as a separate piece any more, only as integral to the transmission end plate. I could not find anyone that supplied them here in the uk apart from Abbot who sell a poly replacement. I would be very surprised if a tranny rebuild included a new slave and mount. hope this is of some help David "Walt Kienzle" <> wrote in message > It looks like I will need to replace the manual transmission on my 9000. So > far I have found 2 sources for a rebuilt trans: the local Saab dealer and > The dealer is about $275 more expensive, but doesn't > charge the $100 or $200 for shipping if I pick it up from and return the > core to his store. My question is: What comes with the transmission or what > additional parts should I get? > > Tom Townsend of says the Saab transmission comes > with a slave cylinder. TW at says that "for the many > years that [he] worked for Saab" the Saab rebuilt transmissions did not come > with a slave cylinder, and his doesn't either. I know I will have to get a > clutch kit, but nobody has let me know if I need to reuse my existing > transmission mount. If so, this would be the perfect opportunity to replace > it too. > > I also need to find a place that will make the repair. I'm not considering > the dealer for this because their labor rate is $95 per hour, so they are > estimating over $4000 for the job. The independent transmission repair > shops (not necessarily familiar with Saabs) are also giving me different > answers on how the transmission is replaced. This is important because the > amount of time quoted for the job varies by quite a bit depending on how the > transmission is removed. One shop says that the engine and transmission > have to come out as an assembly and then they are separated. TW and another > shop says that the transmission can come out by itself. It seems that one > of the subframe members have to come out to allow the transmission to come > out the bottom. I can't see how this can be done without also removing the > entire suspension on the left side. Any information or advice would be > appreciated. > > Walt Kienzle > >

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