Date: 29 Nov 2002 05:32:36 -0800
From: (Eric)
Subject: Re: Thinking of buying a 1999 SAAB 95

"Kenneth S." <> wrote in message news:<>... > Once was Bob wrote: > > > > On 27 Nov 2002 13:52:05 -0800, (Eric) wrote: > > > > >Greetings; I am a new member of GOOGLE groups but a long time reader > > >of your wisdom regarding SAABs. I currently have a 1996 900SE that is > > >giving me lots of "check engine" problems and am thinking of trading > > > > Not to change the subject... but I assume you've changed the gas cap ? > > > > Bob > > > I had check engine problems in my 1996 900SE in the early part of last > year, and endured repeated and tiresome visits to the dealer to try to > get them fixed. Finally, the dealer resoldered some wiring, and that > took care of the problem for just over a year. Then, a few weeks ago, > it came back. > > Just as before, the check engine light came on for no apparent reason, > as I was stopped in traffic. It stayed on, but there was no difference > in the driveability of the car. This time I took it to an independent > Saab specialist. They said they were getting a trouble code indicating > a vaccuum leak, but there was no sign of a vaccuum leak in the engine. > They recommended getting a new gas cap, although I said that I had had > the gas cap tested at the time of the last round of problems, and there > was nothing wrong with it. So I got a new gas cap, and in the > intervening two weeks the check engine light hasn't come on again. (Of > course, part of the reason may be that I don't drive the Saab much, and > normally drive my endlessly reliable and fun-to-drive Mazda MX-5 Miata.) Actually, yes, I have changed out the gas cap due to a "learning experience" a few years ago when I forgot it and the lamp came on. Took it to the dealer and recieved a lesson on the check engine lamp. Without getting in to the problem too much, I have replaced the O2 sensors seven or eight times, the ECU twice, the seals around the gas cap vent (?) and the catalytic converter. Total trips to the shop for this problem over the last two years is near a dozen. I often wonder if it is something that the state puts in the gas as an additive to cut down on polution since I have used Exxon, Shell, BP, Chevron, COSTCO, etc and none seems to prevent this from recurring. Anyways thanks for the idea. Eric

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