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Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 11:58:09 -0400
From: ma_twain <>
Subject: Re: Average Turbo Engine life

R. Frist wrote: > 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. > We have had five turbo Saabs in our family and never had any problems > with the turbos or engines. The 1985 900T had 282.000 miles on it > when my son sold it to a Saab aficionado. Neither the engine or the > turbo had ever been touched and it still did not need oil between > changes. On the other hand,every suspension bushing, clutch, shocks, > and wheel bearings were replaced at one time or another. My son's > 1994 9000 CSE has 225,000 miles on it and the turbo is fine. My 1998 > 9000 CSE has turned over 104,000 miles and aside from replacing the > direct ignition cassette the engine has not been touched. > > Regarding the rusted lug nuts, Saab lug nuts are notorious for rust. > I did learn the other day from our lacal Saab tech that there is a > recall on 9-5s and maybe 9-3s regarding rusting of lug nuts on certain > types of wheels. If the wheels meet the criteria theyh will replace > them for free. > > Good luck, R. Frist > I know the Classic engines are good for 300,000 miles. The NG engine designs changed, so the book is out until there is a history on how long these engine will last. I know my Classic 900 engine is much smoother than my NG 900. The technician gave me a list of things to watch out for on the NG engine. Then he told me I did not have to worry about the Classic engine because it was a solid design - no nylon gears on the timing chain(4 cylinder), no DI cassettes or rubber timing belts(6 cylinder). With that said, I drive the NG Saab where it will get beat up. I had an SUV back into the front grill at a soccer game and not leave a note :-( So much for honorable "soccer moms or dads".

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