Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 11:47:30 +0000
From: Charles Christacopoulos <>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-5 noisy engine - Timing and Balancer Shaft chains?

Wheels of Error wrote: > > > So - question to group, especially UK members. Who would you believe? > Is there a history of timing/balancer chain failures on early 9-5s? > Does 1500 quid sound excessive? > > No knowledge of 9-5 so no attempt to answer the specifics. 1500 sounds a lot at an independet garage. If it feels you are being taken for a ride then it is because you are. Perhaps 1500 would be reasonable at a SAAB garage where they will charge 50-70GBP per hour labour. All the pulleys and possibly tensioner could (would?) need replacing and they will not come cheap from SAAB. IF they come from a used car ... how new/good will they be? Go back to the franchised dealer ... see what they say and more importantly what would they charge for the job. IMHO the upholsterer has seen you coming. The nice independent is nice to you (if you sell your saab you are no longer a customer) ... take the third opinion and if they tell you it needs work then it does need work. Charles PS. I have never felt that Western SAAB at Edinburgh has taken me for a ride. I have two reservations on them (a) they should have replaced a pipe under warranty which they did not (b) they could not find a fault of another dealer ... which they now own anyway. The latter, SAAB Perth did take me for a real ride ... there again they have lost the franchise. Not all SAAB dealers are perfect. If you visit the dealer get an idea of the cost of the parts. See if their workshop is fully busy (I have yet to see an emtpy ramp at Edinburgh). -- Please remove _removeme_ to reply. Work: Hobby:

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