Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2000 22:00:58 -0500
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: used '96 vs '98 900's

BarryG wrote: > FYI, I don't really buy another poster's dissing of the turbo engine. 101K > on mine, don't warm it up much at all, and it's been very reliable and runs > like new. > > Barry I am not "dissing" the turbo, but merely pointing out a well-known fact that turbos require more care and maintenance than a normally aspirated engine. The only people who benefit from the ignorance of this fact are the people that sell and install new turbos. The major issue is letting the TURBO COOL DOWN, but you avoided that issue entirely. Since you ONLY have 101K miles on your car, let us know when you reach 200,000 miles on the ORIGINAL turbo. Then you can tell us either about how little maintenance turbos require or more likely how expensive they are to replace. I have been there and done that and know from personal experience the maintenance effort required reach that level. I understand there are devices called turbo timer which will idle the engine long enough to cool the turbo. This will work with an automatic, but not a Saab manual transmission, as the car must be in reverse to take the key out, unless you want to walk away from a 900SE in neutral with the key in the ignition.

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