Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 19:39:46 +0100
From: "Toby Field" <tobyfieldnopsamail.com>
Subject: Re: Heater Matrix Failure on 9000


Thanks for the info. Toby Field (UK) '93 9000 CSE 2.3T Auto 150,000 Miles "Lineone" <adriannopsamone.org> wrote in message news:mxnv8.46281$C21.8592378nopsam6-win.server.ntlworld.com... > I know NeoBrothers. In fact I bought my as yet unfitted replacement Heater > Matrix from them. They do indeed know Saabs, so I think you can have > confidence in their estimate. > > To my best knowledge the Heater Matrix will not actually leak into the car > though, as you are most likely already aware, you get a strong smell of hot > maple syrup when using the heater. > > Corroded heater matrices are a known problem on the 9000CS/CDs (maybe also > on the 9000 before them?). Your overheating problem may have be a factor in > accelerating the failure, though it was always going to happen anyway. Mine > has always run cool, and it was certainly not immune. > > Adrian > 1992 9000 CS 2.3 16-i, 109k miles. > > > > "Toby Field" <tobyfieldnopsamail.com> wrote in message > news:a9kb9v$vo2$1nopsam8.svr.pol.co.uk... > > "Toby Field" <tobyfieldnopsamail.com> wrote in message > news:a9kc0q$3ir$3nopsamg3.svr.pol.co.uk... > > My car had problems with overheating before the matrix failed. The fan > would > > not come on and the car would get extremely hot. I wonder if this > > accelerated its failure. > > > > > > Toby Field (UK) > > '93 9000 CSE 2.3T Auto > > 150,000 Miles > > > > "Lineone" <adriannopsamone.org> wrote in message > > news:8r_u8.34147$C21.7381998nopsam6-win.server.ntlworld.com... > > > Toby, > > > Mine's the same. I've been putting off doing the job since last Autumn. > > > At the rates you cite, I'd snatch the guy's hand off. With an estimate > of > > 2 > > > hours, he must either know exactly what he's talking about, or > completely > > > the opposite. Can't really tell which. > > > > > > By the way, do you know if the matrix has been replaced before? I've > heard > > > that they tend to go at around 80k - 100k, so it's possible that this is > > you > > > car's second failure. If not then you must have had a good one. > > > > > > Adrian > > > 1992 9000 CS 2.3 16-i, 109k miles. > > > > > > "Toby Field" <tobyfieldnopsamail.com> wrote in message > > > news:a9hp1d$cro$1nopsam5.svr.pol.co.uk... > > > > I have phoned around and was quoted 59 for the matrix and 70 (two > > hours > > > > labour) to fit. > > > > > > > > Is that good? > > > > > > > > Toby Field (UK) > > > > '93 9000 CSE 2.3T Auto > > > > 150,000 Miles > > > > > > > > "Grunff" <grunffnopsam.com> wrote in message > > > > news:3cbc31ab$1_3nopsam2.vip.uk.com... > > > > > > > > > > "Toby Field" <tobyfieldnopsamail.com> wrote in message > > > > > news:a9gqpd$51s$1nopsamg2.svr.pol.co.uk... > > > > > > I have a '93 9000 CSE 2.3T Auto that's done 150,000 miles. The > > heater > > > > > matrix > > > > > > seems to be leaking as it will steam up my windows (normally after > > > > > starting > > > > > > the car). It seems to be using a bit of antifreeze as I have to > put > > > > about > > > > > 1 > > > > > > litre a fortnight in it. Does anyone know how difficult it is to > > > replace > > > > > and > > > > > > what the likely cost is? > > > > > > > > > > It's a truly horrible job - anyone who's done one a classic 900, > this > > is > > > 5 > > > > > times worse. Budget on 6 hours if this is your first time. The good > > news > > > > is > > > > > that the matrix (core) itself isn't that expensive. Shop around. > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >

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