Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 20:34:39 GMT
From: "stephen" <>
Subject: Re: What is 9-5 Repair Record

"Radovan" <> wrote in message news:Z2GDe.6610$s54.3379nospamw2no... > Hello, > My car had rebuilt engine and new turbo at 78,000 miles before I bought > it. It really depends how you take care of the car. All failures are > supposed to be due to sludge. Sludge is degradated oil that plugs oil > channels and starves the engine of oil. Usually turbo goes first. It is > very easy to prevent it and also there is retroactive warranty from SAAB > if you can prove oil change history. It is really just about changing > oil frequently. If you are in doubt, let your mechanic drop the oil pan > check there for any signs of sludge. If there is any they can clean it. > Usually sludge builds up when you are driving only short distances > around a town and do not change oil frequently enough. Frequently enough > is supposed to be every 4000 miles. You may also consider using fully > synthetic oil instead of original spec semisynthetic. There is a LOT of > about sludge issues here . i have a 2003 9-5 v6 turbo diesel the handbook says that the factory fill is fully synthetic oil, and that is the preferred option on all petrol engines the local Saab dealer is Manchester UK certainly charges for fully synth at the services......:) i have had several Saab company cars before over a 12 year period - AFAIR they all wanted fully synth oil, and 12000 mile service current oil change in the manual is 12000 / 18000 miles depending on engine, or 1 yr / 6000 miles for "worst case" driving with lots of town running. > By the way we have also 1999 wagon. Sludge issue applies only on 2.3 4 > cylinder low pressure engines. In other words all non Aero and non V6 > SAAB 9-5 and some of 9-3 up to 2001 make year. Cars made after 2001 > should be OK. > Hope that helps, > Radovan > > > > Jo Anne Coyne wrote: > > What is everyone's experience/opinion about the cost of repair to these cars > > as they get older. I'm hearing horror stories about massive failures of > > turbo, water pump, engine, around 140,000 kilometres. I have a 1999 wagon. > > > > Thanks for your advice. > > > > Larry -- Regards Stephen Hope - return address needs fewer xxs

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