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Date: Wed, 08 Mar 2000 11:11:16 +0100
From: Robert Brown <>
Subject: Re: 900 Turbo: Switch engines, or ring job?

Hi, Reading Dan and Steve's replies here and would appreciate it if someone could tell me if my simple rules-of-thumb below are correct: Black smoke - overly rich fuel-air mixture Blue smoke - oil being burned in cylinders (i.e. needs ring job) White smoke - oil in exhaust system (including turbo seal breach, where applicable ...) This is a question rather than a statement of fact. Any takers? Regards, Robert wrote: > The 87 900 turbo I'm thinking of buying is burning oil. The owner says > Saab mechanic told him it needed rings, and the job would be $600. I > called my mechanic and he said rings are RARELY the problem. What else > can cause oil smoke to come out upon acceleration? > > Question: should I try to fix the otherwise beautiful manual 87 turbo, > or should I take the strong engine out of my aging 83 automatic turbo > with the bad transmission (this job is about $600 as well, I'm told) > and put it into the 87 Turbo? > > Thanks, > > Paul > > Sent via > Before you buy.

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