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Unique V6 Service and Repair items Posted by MI-Roger [Email] (#882) [Profile/Gallery] (more from MI-Roger) on Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:55:22
In Reply to: 2001 9-5 SE Wagon w/ 77k, Jason, Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:24:54 Members do not see ads below this line. - Help Keep This Site Online - Signup
The V6 engine has two specific items that are maintenance/repair issues not found with the L4.
1) Timing belt. The V6 engine uses a rubber timing belt that MUST be changed every 60K miles. Saab even covered the cost of the 60K belt replacement in the original warranty. In addition it is STRONGLY recommended that the timing belt idler and tensioner be replaced at the same time. The cost of these parts was not included in the warranty coverage and a few engines were trashed with new timing belts but old tensioner assemblies. Since this car is eleven years old I am confident this special warranty has ceased and the cost will be 100% yours..
2) Oil Cooler. The V6 engine uses an oil cooler that sits beneath the intake manifold in the fully flooded coolant galley between cylinder banks. This cooler was brass or aluminum on the Saab engines and fails allowing the oil and coolant to mix. The Cadillac Catera used this same engine and replacement oil coolers for their V6 are Stainless Steel and usually priced lower than the Saab part.
That being said the V6 engine did not suffer from the oil sludging problem or continuous redesign of the PCV system like the L4 engines. Find out what maintenance has been done on this car. With 77K miles at eleven years of age it is quite possible the timing belt and tensioner assembly are still factory original. If so, you will need to change these right away.
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