Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 01:21:36 GMT
From: "Milo" <>
Subject: Re: Check engine light on a 1996 900SE

I think you'll find that most often it's the sensor before the catalytic that gets replaced, not the other. For my 97 Aero, I saw several online sites selling the Bosch heated 4 wire 02 sensor for $140-150. I thought mine was going bad (the code said it was slow but the problem was actually in the engine temperature sensor) so took a look under the hood. I had it out in about 20 minutes so I don't understand why the repair shop's book makes that a 1 1/2 hour job. 3 bolts, a torx head screw and a few clips. I'd been quoted $200 for the part and $150 for labor. My guy's labor rate is $75/hr so he was going to charge 2 hours. I hate that book. "andrewunix" <agreenbunopsamnet> wrote in message > Fri, 15 Aug 2003 15:55:32 GMT, suggested: > : On Fri, 15 Aug 2003 09:54:35 -0400, "Kenneth S." <> > : wrote: > : > :> Secondly, since the car has 83,000 miles on it, it's likely soon to > :>need a new oxygen sensor. Do I really need to pay $400 for this part > :>(which is what the Saab specialist told me they cost). Also, is putting > :>in a new O2 sensor an easy DIY job? > : > : Try first. I've heard of people using a "standard" > : Ford sensor to replace the Saab one. You might do a search on this > : group in google using "Ford" as a keyword. AFAIR, you have to splice > : the wires for the Ford sensor, but otherwise it is the same. The > : sensor is DIY but you will possibly need to buy a special socket to > : fit down on it and around the wires. They sell them at most good auto > : parts stores. I would not worry about it unless/until you have a > : problem. They sometimes go many miles without issues. > : > : Bob > > Unfortunately, IIRC, the 1996 model has *two* oxygen sensors: one in the > front, and one in the rear. About $300 or so for both of them if you get > the Saab parts. Of course, this may be different if you have the V6. > > -- > agreenbu Return to Main Index

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