Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 22:18:10 -0400
From: ma_twain <>
Subject: Re: I was a beautiful day, driving my 94 saab 900s to the golf course...

Pooh Bear wrote: > Johannes wrote: > > >>Craig's Saab C900 Site wrote: >> >>>Pooh Bear <> writes: >>> >>> >>>>Donald Laverty wrote: >>>> >>>>>I was a beautiful day, driving my 94 saab 900s to the golf course... then, >>>>>no power, car shuts down and I pull over to the side of the road. After I >>>>>hitch a ride to the golf course, play a horrible round, take it to the >>>>>mechanics... I get the phone call - "your timing belt slipped and your >>>>>engine is wrecked." >>>>> >>>>What timing belt ? It's a timing *chain* in the classic Saab 4 cyl engines. >>>> >>>A 1994 900 would, unless it's a 'commemerative' C900 convertible, be an >>>NG/GM900 not a C900. I think, but I'm sure someone will corroborate, that >>>the NG/GM900 engine uses a timing belt instead of a chain. 8-) >>> >>The 4 cyl used timing chain like the 9000. But It could have been a 2.5L V6 >>also used in this car. >> > > Yup, the OP later mentioned it was a V6. I hadn't realised they were in the 900 so > early. > > You don't mess with timing belts. Luckily I've had so-called 'safety engines' that > aren't trashed by this stuff. It seems like 16V engines have more trouble in this > regard. It always seem to happen just as you're planning to get the belt replaced. > > Graham > > > I have the same car - same engine. It uses more gas, has less power, and has more problems than the 4 cylinder Saab engine. I got it because I needed a sacrificial car for by daughter to learn to drive. I could not see a Classic 900 being crashed, scratched and smashed by a beginning driver. Same issues with the timing belt - only I bought it knowing in advance the timing belt had to be replaced often. But I don't think the car will last long enough to worry about that.

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