Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 06:55:06 -0400
From: KeithG <>
Subject: Re: Cant believe it! 1994 Saab AERO 9000 (TURBO) - Smoke problems after replacing head gasket- NOW IT IS THE TURBO!!

A dead turbo can be caused by 2 things. 1) not often enough oil changes. The manual states 7500 mi or so. This is not often enough 2) letting a head gasket go for too long without repairing it. If water gets into the oil, a turbo bearing can be wiped pretty quickly. Find a good shop that knows these cars. There should be an independent Saab specialist in your area. a turbo can be rebuilt, period. Do a google on turbo rebuilders. Turbo City and dallas turbo come to mind. They can rebuild these. It is NOT a garrett turbo. It is a Mitsubishi TD04. I have a Mitsu Te03 in a wrecked car. I acknowledged that it has a bad exhaust impeller and a bent shaft. I was quoted 400.00 for a rebuild. Another source would be a used turbo. Only get one off an Aero if you want to preserve the performance. A Garrett is not the same. It was used on the CS and CSE and does not flow as much air and therefore does not make as much power. KeithG FEDUP wrote: > I posted earlier > "This is a 94 Saab (Turbo) AERO 9000 with 125K miles. I have replaced the > headgasket couple of weeks ago. Since then white smoke (oil burning) comes > out when the car comes to a stop or when it is starting. " > Here is what happened since then- > The mechanic diagnosed the problem as a turbo leaking oil into the exhaust. > As we send out the turbo for a rebuild- the guy says- cant be done. A new > turbo unit (Garret TB25) costs $660. > They say that these turbos get shot when the driver does not idle after > coming to a stop and park. Apparently, according to him, when you pull into > the garage or a parking spot, one needs to let the engine idle for a minute > or so before turning it off. This- I have never heard. The instruction > manual does not say anything like this. > I am so pissed off- I have spent $1500 for head gasket job- looks like the > turbo fiasco is going to add another $1000. This car already has 125K miles. > Is this really worth it? What has been your experience with this car? > > >

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