Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 13:19:57 +0100
From: "Andy" <>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-5 turbocharger failure

the 9-5 uses a small ballbearing T17 turbo and there are many reported cases of turbo failures sounds like your dealer has come out with some bulls**t reason why it has failed to avoid any responsibility check it out on there are many other 9-5 owners with failed/ smoking turbos on low mileage cars, not the usual pattern with saabs where the turbo usually last at least 150000 miles "Nicko" <> wrote in message news:behbj9$c75$ > 1999 9-5 SE. Clouds of white smoke out of the back of the car upon lifting > the throttle after brisk acceleration led me to the Saab repair workshop. > The diagnosis was turbo failure. I was advised that the 9-5 engine has a > known fault with the oil breathing apparatus. The technician showed me a > slight oil leak in two specific places from the head gasket and said the > pressure builds up and always leaks from these two places. This build up of > pressure caused my turbo to fail. > > The car has only done 56,000 miles. My previous two Saabs (a 9000 2.3t and a > 9000 Aero) went to 135,000 miles each with no such problems. > > Has anyone else heard of this problem before ? The car is 6 months out of > warranty, yet it was never subject to a recall for an oil breather problem, > and has always been main dealer serviced. > > You can see where I am going with this one...... I would like to ask Saab to > pay the bill or contribute to it if they knew there was a problem but had > not addressed it. > > Any comments much welcomed. > > Nick > >

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