Date: 9 Jul 2003 15:50:12 GMT
Subject: Re: Saab 9-5 turbocharger failure

Someone who looks an awful lot like Nicko <> wrote: > 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. Inline-4, or V6? Any details on the claimed "known fault"? (I have a '99 9-5 SE with the 2.3L engine and turbo). > 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. I'm not understanding the description, I think. > 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. What was the mechanism of the turbo failure? Seals, or catastrophic, or something else? I can't see how any kind of high pressure in the oil system would cause anything resembling this, but I'm willing to learn otherwise. > Any comments much welcomed. Something is not as it's been described to you, I think. I await the comments of several others, maybe they can enlighten us both. Dave Hinz

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