Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 05:06:01 GMT
From: Radovan <>
Subject: Re: What is 9-5 Repair Record

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 . 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 >

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