Date: 25 Aug 2002 16:15:42 GMT
From: dmk <>
Subject: Re: Classic head gasket problems?

On 8/25/2002 9:11 AM, wrote: > Someone who looks an awful lot like dmk <> wrote: > >>Hey all, >> I've owned two SAABs ( '91 turbo convertable and '90 900). The '91 turbo >>blew a head gasket and the '90 has a leaking one (just external only). > > >>SO, it's been my experiance that 100% of SAAB's have head gasket >>problems... Unusual? > > > No, people often take a limited sample size and extend that to an > entire population. ;) > > Seriously, though. Are you doing anything wrong, like letting them get > low on coolant? Have you ever had a coolant leak that went undetected > for a while, in each car? > > Other than that, sounds like maybe just bad luck. > > >>Also, my mechanic says the external leak (just a bit of oil on the side >>of the block) is nothing to worry about... (I'm not too sure).. > > > Which side? What's it near? Probably nothing, but... > > >>Should I get this fixed? Am I temping fate? > > > See above. > > Dave Hinz > '90 900: Small oil leak center rh side.. no coolant. Really, it's been doing this for several years... guess i'll just keep an eye on it... My '91 was a turbo and had the bad head gasket at about 80k... The turbo probably shortened the gasket's life... Interesting story: This car had a corroded block knockout plug. Now I've replaced these before in other cars, but took the Saab to the dealer and had it replaced. I didn't find out 'till several years later that the asshole put in one of those rubber butt-plugs (that you tighten with a wrench!!). I'm sure that's what blew the head gasket (lost water on the highway and miraculously, the rubber plug was still laying in the engine compartment when I popped the hood.) The dealership went out of business by then.... Had to have it towed from Dayton to Cincinnati to the dealer for repair! -- dmk

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