Date: Sun, 11 Jan 1998 19:53:10 +0000
From: Dennis Connors <connorsnopsamnet>
Subject: 9000T 2.3 Timing Chain Failure

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)

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