Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006 14:32:07 GMT
From: - Bob - <>
Subject: Re: new 95 saab 900se coupe, five speed owner

On Sat, 16 Sep 2006 07:10:28 -0400, Fred W <Malt_Houndnospamm-me-not*> wrote: I get about 24mpg overall avg in a similar (to th OP) 900se. Highway can run 28 on longer drives on these cars, local is 20. I've seen it as low as 14 at zero degrees F and the engine still cold. I drive a 'vert and I seem to get lower mileage than the hardtops - some of those guys go 30-34 on the highway on longer trips. If you are only getting 16 and not driving all city stop and go, you likely have a problem. But, it sounds like you might be all city. A cold engine in the city will not do to well. A good tuneup would help. If that turbo is really blowing half way all the time, you likely have issues. It should settle down to the left at idle I think. But, I will check and repost. You have a DI cassette, no wires. You should change the plugs and make sure you use the original NGK model (every 10K, that are only $2 each and you can do it in a half hour or less). Change the air filter. The fuel filter would be a good idea too if it has not been changed. You should clean the IAC valve (link below). Change all the small vacuum hoses - unless it's been done, they are old and possibly cracked. You can buy all these parts for less than $100 and a couple hours labor. CHANGE THE UPPER IDLER PULLEY and serp belt!!! These pulleys break without warning after 50K miles and leave you stranded. Part cost is about $50 or less for the pulley and $20 for the belt. It takes about 30 minutes to change both - may be an hour the first time you work in this area. Look into doing the SHORT BELT modification. You need this site for parts: You need this site for technical instructions: And this one for TSB's, Saab specific info, and fun parts:

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