Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 00:26:09 +0100
From: "Lineone" <adriannopsamone.org>
Subject: Re: Heater Matrix Failure on 9000


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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