Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2004 01:54:32 +0000
From: Pooh Bear <>
Subject: Re: First Time Saab owner

KeithG wrote: > Make sure the idler pulleys get changed out when the serpentine belt > does (60k service). I would not go beyond 75k on the pulleys, period. I > disagree with the 10k oil change interval. 5k seems more reasonable. > Especially with the rash of sludged engines. Saab recommends 10k, but > with US driving 5k is safer. What's so different about US driving that makes you suggest this ? Oil change intervals is an area where US and European practice / thinking seems to differ. I gather that common US practice is not to use synthetic but change often. With fully synthetic oil I feel *very* comfortable with 10k mi change intervals. Saab seem to think so too. Non synthetics are a whole different matter. > Brake shops are fine for brakes, I do mine > myself, though. Just make sure the brake shop DOES NOT 'turn' the > rotors. Replace them when they are below the minimum thickness, but if > the pedal is not pulsating, just replace the pads. If the pedal is > pulsating, replace the rotors. Auto transmission service is fluid > changes. This is a good idea. Manual transmission fluid changes should > be done at 60kmi. First time I've seen a recommendation for changing manual gearbox oil. Most makers say leave it alone. I admit I don't know Saab's line on this. When I checked the level in my 9000 box it looked really clean. Graham

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