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: New owner questions!


Matt Phelps
26th October 2002, 01:39 AM
Just bought myself a very comfortable 1993 CSE 2.3i from a local dealer for 2,500 and I have a couple of new owner type questions!

1/ Servicing - how much is a full/half service likely to cost me in the the future? My car has come with a full service but I'd like to know what it's going to cost me at the next service interval.

2/ My car is high mileage (130K) but I know these engines run and run. It's just had a new timing chain so I'm told. How many miles can you get out of these cars? I'm hoping this is a keeper so I'd like to make sure I get as many miles as I can out of it.

3/ Any tips for daily use? Anything I should look out for?

tom
26th October 2002, 03:57 AM
high milage at 130K miles :) You have just barely broken in the engine. Expect at least 120K more miles from it with regular maintanance.

Simon
26th October 2002, 04:23 AM
Welcome and congratulations on your new purchase!

When the next service is due I would take it to a reputable Saab Specialist rather than dealer, they are just as good and much cheaper. Check out the 'Listings' section for someone near you.

These cars are good for 200k miles plus if looked after properly. There is lots of good information on the 9000 in the 'Features' and 'Tech Help' section of this site with links to specialist 9000 websites such as Bill's www.saab9000.com and Quasimotors.

Simon.

BillJ
26th October 2002, 01:40 PM
Hi, Matt. Welcome to SaabCentral and congratulations on your purchase. I agree with Simon (and thanks for the plug, Simon!) - have a look in the listings on this site for Saab specialists near you. If you're in doubt as to how good they are, you can always ask here and no doubt someone will have used them.

Tom's right about mileage, think in terms of hundreds of thousands. Properly maintained, the engine should last well, especially if it has a new timing chain. Without the huge torque output of a turbocharged engine, the gearbox should last longer than average. Is it manual or auto?
The head gasket should get a lot less abuse on a non-turbo too.

Daily use? The only thing I can think of is that if it has air con or climate control, I'd use that regularly to keep the oil circulated in the system and keep the seals from drying out. I never switch my air con off.

And the usual stuff about not abusing a cold engine, etc.

BillJ
26th October 2002, 01:44 PM
And Simon, you seem to be hanging around the 9000 forums a lot recently, and you were asking about them too...

Are we going to see you buying a real Saab soon, then? :lol:

Matt Phelps
26th October 2002, 06:50 PM
Is it manual or auto?

And the usual stuff about not abusing a cold engine, etc.

It's an Auto. I normally prefer a manual but I'm a shift worker and I'm up and down the M3 everyday to work in Shepards Bush in London, so I wanted something I could cruise in comfort in with the minimal of hassle.

When you mention cold engines is there something specific with the Saab that I should look out for? What I mean is how long does take until it reaches normal operating temp?

BillJ
26th October 2002, 07:11 PM
When you mention cold engines is there something specific with the Saab that I should look out for?

No, sorry. I simply meant the usual stuff about never abusing the engine in any car when it's cold. I've no idea how long a 2.3i takes to warm up, as all my 9000s have been turbos, but I woudn't expect it to be more than a few minutes. The temperature gauge should tell you.

With the automatic, it is important to make sure the fluid is changed according to schedule. If you have it serviced correctly, this will be done automatically (if you'll pardon the pun...)
The automatic transmission doesn't seem to last as long as the engine, but again, that observation is mainly based on the turbo models that produce transmission-wrenching torque.

Simon
27th October 2002, 02:39 AM
Simon, you seem to be hanging around the 9000 forums a lot recently, and you were asking about them too...

Are we going to see you buying a real Saab soon, then? :lol:

No plans to expand the family for the foreseeable future :roll:

neil
27th October 2002, 06:24 PM
On the subject of mileage my 92 CS2.3FPT currently is 4 miles short of 200k and going strong, so don't worry. :D

Neil

BillJ
27th October 2002, 09:09 PM
"Welcome to SaabCentral" to you too, Neil. :)

Wolverine
12th February 2003, 05:52 PM
Hi, Matt. I just bought a 93 CSE 9000 as well, enjoying it so far. Congrats.