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Old 5th January 2002
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I love my 1995 Saab 900 S. But! Recently, it's had some problems with the computerized screen popping up "Engine Oil Level Low," even after the oil had recently been checked & changed. Shortly after it started popping up that message, the "Check Engine" light would come up after a few minutes of driving and then come and go ever so often. Well, worse came to worse and one day while driving down the road, the Engine Oil Level light popped on, the check engine light came on, and the car shut itself off in the middle of the road. (I coasted about a mile and a half before the car stopped...) My trusty Saab hasn't started back up since, as the engine has totally locked itself up.

My authorized Saab mechanic says that it's
"just one of those things" and he's seen it before. Apparently they call it "coked up" because of some debris or whatever that builds up in an oil filter -even a brand-damn-new oil filter- and prevents oil from making it to the engine. What is the DEAL? I have to have a totally new engine & it's not because the oil wasn't changed when needed. I kept the car serviced and in very, very good condition.

Has anyone else had this problem with a Saab 900S? Is the engine lockdown a feature of the 900s to prevent it from burning up or is it just a thing that sucks?

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