Re: Did I cook my engine? - Saab NG9-5 Bulletin Board - Saabnet.com
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Not to add to your misery but you might want to post this on the other 9-5 group rather than the 2010-2011 NG 9-5 group.
Having said that, at 185k you're doing better than I did with my 2003 9-5 Linear. When I cheap-sold it at 72k miles a year or so ago, it needed a new turbo and throttle body. That was after three (3!) water pumps, crankcase position sensor, alternator, seal failed where engine/transmission meet, rear brake sensor, etc. Also was towed on four separate occasions, once over 200 miles back to home, another close to 100 miles. Its engine was still functioning when I sold it.
My 1990 900S overheated while in the care of my stepdaughter years ago. Like your car everything worked fine after putting some fresh coolant in it. But a few months later it started blowing smoke and overheating. In her case it was the head gasket. She elected to sell it to a family friend who repaired the problem. Seven years and who knows how many miles later it's still running fine. But I'd wager those old 2.0L H engines could take a lot more abuse than the 4-cyl 1st gen 9-5's and most certainly more than the 1st gen 6-cyl 9-5's.
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