Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 15:16:21 +0100
From: Phil <>
Subject: Re: 1996 Saab 900SE turbo sensonic. Trouble?

Huibuh wrote: > I drove that car for 6 years: R 900 (special edition, basically a 900 SE, > 2.0l turbo, 1996) > > "Grunff" <> schrieb im Newsbeitrag > news:bi2qgk$4gdrn$ > >>Harald wrote: >> >>>I am considering a 1996 Saab 900 SE Turbo with sensonic transmission. >>>Is this system reliable >> >>No > > If it makes trouble in the beginning you will never be able to fix it (I > know one car) If it is running fine and you operate it not like an > off-road-car it is a great system and very reliable (at least in my case and > a friend of mine). You should do a 100 to 200 km testdrive, especially in > town with a lot of gearshift. > > >> >>>or should I stay away from this model? >> >>Yes > > Driving is great. ItĄs driving a manual transm with the advantages of an > automatic. > >> >>>I understand that it could be very expensive to fix the sensonic if it >>>breaks down >> >>Yes > > The electronic parts can be very expensive (fortunately never been > concerned). I had a breakdown after 5 years: the pressure hose broke so you > cannot shift any longer. The repair takes 0.5 hrs, the part did cost Euro > 75,-. But they had to change the thrust bearing of the clutch (labour and > part Euro 500,-). The clutch itself and the carrier normally also have to be > replaced but I was lucky: it was a Fichtel & Sachs which is supposed to be > of higher quality. The mechanic said it was as new (normally you canĄt shift > as good as a system does). CanĄt tell you if all 1996 have this type. > >> >>>and I have read som horror stories about it. What's your >>>opinion/experiences? >> >>No direct experience, but too many issues with sensonic to buy a >>7/8 year old car with it. > > I find it is a great car. Just donĄt forget that other problems will come up > (water pump, wheel bearings etc.; typical worn parts). What kind of engine > is in it? > > Dieter > > Mine has run perfectly for the two years that I've had it. It's a 1996 2.0SE turbo with 55k miles. As has (I think) been said above, take it for a long test and really give it a good work-out. Anybody ever tried to replace it with a conventional clutch?

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