Date: Sat, 13 Sep 1997 23:37:07 -0700
From: Kenneth Hopkins <>
Subject: Re: How long do these things last!?

T & R Loveitt wrote: > > Matt, > unless it's been driven dry of coolant (or with a stuck thermostat) or dry > of oil (or never changed) or beat on before it's up to full operating > temperature (often), the answer is "it'll last until a month before you > have enough money to replace the timing chain". Seriously, the engine is a > very short stroke design. Large pistons traveling a short distance. The > engine is literally 1/2 of an old V8. Thata why it's slanted like that. > Every thing is way heaveier than your typical 2 liter 4cyl econobox engine. > Keep it cool with good clean oil (Mobil 1 twice a year is a good option to > Reddi-lube every 3-4000 mi.) it'll out last the body. Re. the gutless > performance. Short stroke engines rely on rpm to make power. It's just > physics. Wanna go? Foot to the floor and wind 'er up! Shifting up at > 4200-4500 rpm is not abusive and puts you above 3000 in your next gear. > SAABs under 3000 rpm are pathetic. Thats why god made turbos. The max > piston speed of a SAAB engine at 4000 rpm is like a typical Japanese 2 > liter engine at detonation. > woof > > matt zelonka <> wrote in article > <5u54r4$>... > > > > Got a 1987 900... How long do the 8v engines last!?? > > thanks for the tip. I was wondering why it was so sluggish in the city. Freeway was great Kenneth

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