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: Need Advice on bad situation.


jswain
04-06-08, 04:38 PM
I have a 99' saab 9-5 2.3t
The head gasket is blown.
Fixing that a repairing any other damages may cost up to $1400
Swapping the engine may cost $1600 for the engine and $600 for labor.
I don't have any specific questions, I am just looking for some advice on the situation.
Thank you

Chris 9-5
04-06-08, 04:40 PM
How good is the other engine? (If good - can you be sure)

jswain
04-06-08, 04:42 PM
It has 90,000 miles and a 6 month warranty

toxicavenger
04-06-08, 04:43 PM
Yeah I would get a compression test of the other engine and a warranty for it. Because at least you know your shortblock is good. So if you get a warranty on the other engine then I would go for it, also if it is a reputable shop too.

luv2drinkcoke
04-06-08, 05:17 PM
If you didn't drive it for thousands of miles after the head gasket went, it should be fine with just replacing the head gasket.

Was your engine in condition before the blown head gasket? Was there water in the oil, oil in the water or white smoke out the exhaust?
If it was, you could do the work yourself or a friend. I think the biggest pain would be getting the timing chain off, but then again, might be a good time to replace the chain, tensioners and guides.
Other than the cost of the gasket kit (which should include all gaskets and seals), possibly having the head shaved since it is an aluminum head (i believe), flushing the coolant system and changing the oil.......you could be out for less than $500.
Then you might as well drop the sump and check for sludge while you wait for the head to be shaved! It'll be almost a brand new motor and you won't have to worry about what problems the other motor has.

Chris 9-5
04-06-08, 05:19 PM
Your are going to have to remove the sump on the new one to be sure its sludgless anyway - I'd go for the repair personally

Muttly
04-06-08, 07:45 PM
How much would an engine overhaul cost? If you were to replace the motor you'd be paying for the removal/reinstall anyway. So it seems you've got $2,200 starting budget as an alternative.

If you overhauled would give you a chance to replace all gaskets, seals & bearings. You could could also have the valves reground, install a new oil pump,new pistons, rods, rings, or correct any other wear issues that might be present. When done, you'd have a practically new engine as opposed to a used one with a short warranty.

toxicavenger
04-06-08, 08:20 PM
dude either way if u aren't doing the work urself it is going to cost you some dough.

my88irocsaab95
04-06-08, 08:38 PM
jsw,can you/do you have a place to do repairs?
And when/how did gasket failure happen?
Did engine get hot?how hot?
Internal/external leak?

jswain
06-06-08, 05:18 PM
Im not sure. Im going to have it towed to a Saab specialist to get some better answers.

Chris 9-5
07-06-08, 09:19 AM
Im going to have it towed to a Saab specialist to get some better answers.

Sorry if our answers are no good :cry:

midnight blue
07-06-08, 10:27 AM
wow!.. what a mess this blown head gasket made... how does a blown head gasket start? fyi.. oil leaks?

planosaab
07-06-08, 07:07 PM
Well I guess it would be a common problem of oil weeping from the block on the belt side due to pcv issue that has hopefully been fixed with the #6 design but the headbolts at least on my 99 also had a problem with backing out or needing retorque, guess thats why I haven't blown my headgasket yet, as I retorqued them then replaced them with the new designed ones *knock on wood* buuuuuut the head gasket is relatively easy to replace if you are at all savy with tools and have enough patience to not drop every bolt you try to remove......I did the pcv 6 change and right away my check valve hose going to the tb is sweating oil lol seems like it shouldn't do that.

I have seen headgaskets go on these with no other damage to the car as long as it was not driven for a long period with it blown......I also would say it is not a common problem that saab headgaskets blow either considering the high pressures these engines deal with and comparing it to ooooh say a dodge neon or such which comes leaking from the factory.

jswain
14-06-08, 08:52 PM
Sorry if our answers are no good :cry:

haha, no thats not what I meant. I meant better answers than the first guy I took it too could give me. I appreciate everyones answers on the forum.

Anyway, I took it too a place that is suppose to specialize in saabs. The mechanic told me the same thing,'I need a new engine'.
$3500 for used engine, labor, other parts, and year warranty on engine.
Not sure if that is a legit price or not but its kinda too late now.
I should be getting my car back on wensday.

wrestrepo
14-06-08, 09:43 PM
haha, no thats not what I meant. I meant better answers than the first guy I took it too could give me. I appreciate everyones answers on the forum.

Anyway, I took it too a place that is suppose to specialize in saabs. The mechanic told me the same thing,'I need a new engine'.
$3500 for used engine, labor, other parts, and year warranty on engine.
Not sure if that is a legit price or not but its kinda too late now.
I should be getting my car back on wensday.


I think that you can get a whole car for that much in New England...