Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2004 19:40:14 GMT
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: Terminal diagnosis but car still running, and due MOT - any advice?

Jez wrote: > > "Johannes H Andersen" <> wrote in message > > > > > > > Jez wrote: > >> > >> Hi, > >> > >> I have a 1996 9000 CD Eco Turbo with 70,000 miles on the clock. I bought > >> it > >> 8 months ago for 2,500 and I do about 8,000 miles per year. > >> > >> It's been diagnosed with a faulty/deteriorating automatic gearbox pump, > >> and > >> I'm told that the cheapest way to deal with it - recon gearbox - will > >> amount > >> to well over 1,000 if I go to a Saab approved garage, and something > >> around > >> that much if I go to a normal garage. I was also told (by a Saab approve > >> garage, second opinion from non Saab approved automatic transmission > >> workshop) that it might go on for several years with no more problem than > >> being noisy, and it might pack up tomorrow. It also has a cracked > >> windscreen > >> (definite MOT failure) and is due four new tyres and who knows what else. > > > > Get the work done, then you'll have luxury transport for years to come. > > Use a > > proper workshop that know what they're doing. 70,000 miles is nothing much > > for > > this car, but you can expect that it need some attention which the > > previous > > owner didn't bother with for obvious reasons; that's why you only paid > > 2,500. > > Hmm, thanks for the advice, but I'm afraid I'm not so optimistic. The car > came with a full Saab service history and just one owner, but as I bought it > it went wrong and I had to replace the aic valve and the ecu. Also, it was > diagnosed as an aic fault by a Saab accredited garage and another Saab > accredited garage replaced the it. It was still faulty, hence an immediate > ecu replacement, so I suspect the aic was a mis-diagnosis, but when I asked > for the old one back just a day later I was told "the cleaner took it away". The aic can sometimes get contaminated, but replacing the ecu is far more expensive and sounds drastic to me. I bought my 93' CSE LPT in 97 with 50k miles on it. Soon a number of issues came up since the previous owner obviously left any concerns to the new owner (me). I did replace the aic and the DI, but the real trouble was the head gasket, possibly related to manufacturing problems as we've heard. Later on I had gearbox overhauled, new radiator, timing chain and CAT (auch). However, once fixed the car was marvelous. It has now 103k miles on and spinning like new.

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