Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2003 15:43:05 +0100
From: "Andy Hookins" <>
Subject: Re: Head gasket failure? - oil and water leaking externally

"Grunff" <> wrote in message news:b6k3t7$6410r$ > Andy Hookins wrote: > > > Unfortunately it's never convenient, but can be planned in for a > > few weeks time when I planned to do an oil change, or I can > > leave it until the next service (October) unless it gets out of > > control, but 6 months seems a long time to leave it now that I > > know about it. Either way its too much for me to do so I'll be > > leaving it to my friendly indy. > > If you intend to keep the car, try to do it before next winter. Well, I'm keeping the car so I'll get it done sooner rather than later. It's a sod 'cos just as I'm looking to buy a c900 to replace a Nissan Micra the 9000 starts playing up. First the exhaust, now this :-( where will all the cash come from? > > Do you know if it's worth while? I think the years to go for are > > '90-'92. From then on I believe the B204 and B234 engines > > had the same head porting, but that the earlier head had larger > > porting. I'm assuming of course that I can transplant my cam > > shafts into the older head, since I don't suppose I can use the > > cam shafts from the NA engine. > > Well, all you're going to get is a personal opinion. I'm not too > keen on chopping Saabs about. I drive them because they're > reliable, practical yet lots of fun. If I want real speed, I > drive something else. This is divine retribution then for 'chipping' the ECU and stiffening the suspension ;-P > Personally, I'd just change the gasket, and make sure the car is > running as good as new (so new leads/plugs/cap/rotor/coil/air > filter/fuel filter/clean injectors etc.). I don't have figures > for the increase you'd get from switching to the 2.3 head, but I > bet for normal road use is smaller than the difference between > clean plugs and dirty plugs. > > That's what I think, anyway. > > -- > Grunff I think that Abbott claim around 12 BHP for their big valved head and I'm not going to see that so I guess its not worth considering unless my head is warped which seems unlikely as the car is running well. Thanks AndyH '94 9000 CDE

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