Date: 5 Mar 2003 19:11:43 GMT
Subject: Re: First Time Turbo Buyer

Someone who looks an awful lot like Russell Isbrandt <> wrote: > Drove a beautiful 2000 red 9-3SE convert. Loved the performance but never > owned a turbo. Salesman said to idle 30sec after starting and 30sec before > turning it off. What's the rationale for this advice? What additional > maintenance is involved in owning a turbo? The logic behind the cool-down is that when you turn off the engine, the oil flow to the turbo stops, but it's still spinning. This isn't all that critical (especially since 1987 when Saab went to a water-cooled turbo, which runs cooler), but it's not a bad idea. For what it's worth, I was very much not good about doing the cooldown, but the turbo was still going strong when I traded in my Saab with 247,000 miles on it. Much more critical is that you do the oil changes at the suggested intervals. Unless you make a habit of turbo-stomping in the driveway or the parking lot (which isn't too likely anyway) I'd call it an optional, "nice to do, but hardly critical" habit to get into. Dave Hinz

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