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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 12:19:20 -0800
From: Ken Washington <>
Subject: Re: question: transmission fluid....Help me, no manual.

Ladislav, If I did not see so many postings in this newsgroup and on the Bulltin Board about 900 and 9000 owners having transmission problems, I would have ended this a long time ago. If you ever drained oil from a 5 spd after 25,000 to 30,000 miles and could see how dirty the oil is and feel it on your finger tips, you would understand what I am talking about...I would rather spend $3.00 to $5.00 on three extra quarts of oil every 25,000 to 30,000 miles than have to pay a Saab tech to fix the transmission he only wanted to top off every so often....As for the 9000, yes it can be a pain, and I don't agree with the way they engineered it. I suspect the difference was mainly because of the transverse mount of the engine and different gearing. But if you want to drain the oil out, it is not that hard. A power drill, cord or cordless, a drill operated pump (I've seen them in Wal-Mart for about $5.00) and some tubing can make quick work draining the 5 spd...Put come clean tubing on and reverse the drill and you can put oil back in the same hole you took it out of. Yes, I did well with my 83 900T. I changed the oil in the transmission every 25,000 to 30,000 miles. The day I had to drive it to salvage It was still shifting like glass. The last 55,000 miles I was using 4 oz. of Militec-1 with the Castrol GTX 10W30. My Saabtech friend has an 87 9000T 5spd. He changes the oil on his every so often. He is using Castrol Syntec is his 5 spd. He has had his since it was new, does his own work and except for replacing a clutch has had no problems with his transmission. His 9000 has over 192,000 miles and runs like the Roadrunner. So do what you want. My experience tells me, if more people used common sense instead of saying, but the book says, they might be a little better off. Whoever wrote the book might not have had common sense or taken a few overlooked things into consideration. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Ken Washington 87 9000S 87 900S 83 900T

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