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Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 17:47:08 GMT
From: "James Sweet" <>
Subject: Re: Average Turbo Engine life

"Fred W." <Fred.Willsnospamove this to reply to'> wrote in message > > "R. Frist" <> wrote in message > > > Interested in Saab <> wrote in > > message > > news:<2004102215563616807%particularistElevenIDONTLIKESPAMnospamlcom>... > >> How long does a turbo engine last, in terms of milage? > >> > >> I am considering buying a 2000 Saab 9-3 hatchback with 68K km's. It > >> has a 2.0 Litre Turbo engine. > >> > >> Also the lug nuts on the wheels are rusted. A friend of mine told me > >> that this because the car might have been sitting in the snow and the > >> rust peeled the chrome off. > >> > > > > In my experience Saab turbos are very reliable. It may depend on how > > they are driven and how often the oil is changed. One should always > > let the engine idle for at least 10 seconds before shuting it down. > > While following this advice will not hurt anything, it really is based on > old procedures from before the turbos were water cooled. Nowadays, it is OK > to shutdown a modern SAAB turbo engine once you have parked the car. Reving > any engine just before shutdown is a bad idea. > > -Fred W > > It's still not a bad idea to let it idle for a few seconds after a hard run, the old oil cooled turbos would glow red hot for several minutes of idling, the water cooled ones will still glow, but they do cool down a lot quicker. When you shut it off, the water stops flowing too, if it's very hot the shaft can still coke up oil.

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