Date: Tue, 13 Jan 1998 21:27:22 -0600
From: Robert Sklar <>
Subject: Re: 9000T 2.3 Timing Chain Failure

Dennis Connors wrote: > We're considering a '91 9000 T w/2.3l auto and 67K miles on it for > $14K. > Rob at Scandia Auto Sport emphatically > warned > me of the high failure rate of the timing chain system (resulting in > catastrophic engine failure) in these engines. > > This car is seems otherwise sound and is in very nice condition. The > Saab dealer (Barrier of Bellevue, WA) is putting new Michelins on it > now. No unusual timing chain noise; but now I'm deeply concerned. As > far > as I know, it has only had all the recommended service done (including > > the latest 30K mi full service at 60K mi), but no majors. I'm going to > > call Barrier tomorrow and put pressure on them for that information > and > have Scandia Auto Sport check it, since I'm sure the dealer won't be > too > interested in stepping up to the plate and place themselves at risk of > > having to do more expensive work on the car at their expense. > > I've heard the dealers tend to downplay this threat and basically > stonewall customers that try to get them to make good of it. > > This is our first foray into the 9000 realm. Feedback? > > -d. > > 1984 900S 3-dr (DEBSAAB) > 1980 99GLi 2-dr (BLAAB) > 1977 99GL 2-dr (PIGLET) > 1987 900S 4-dr (deceased) > 1989 900 3-dr (sold) I recently bought a 1990 9000 Turbo with approx. 80K miles. At the recommendation of the owner of the private Saab-Volvo repair shop I have been using since 1983, and who did a pre-purchase inspection of the car, I had a new timing chain installed right after purchase, even though there was no sign of a problem. At about $300, I consider it relatively cheap insurance. BTW, I presently own four Saabs, 2 900s (1985 & 1987) and 2 9000s (1990 & 1993 Aero) - all 16-valve turbos. I recently donated my first Saab, a 1983 4-door Turbo to a charity. -Robert

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