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  1. 9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Hey folks and fellow Saab enthusiasts I’ve had my latest acquisition for around 6 months Recently it’s been taking longer to warm up and gave me the low coolant light on dash Having an investigation over the weekend I found a lot of crème caramel lurking in my coolant reservoir and system...
  2. NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    Hi, question related to the sludge issue in the B205/B235 engines. I realize there has been a lot of discussion about this already, but unfortunately I'm not very knowledgeable about car repair...doing my best to understand this particular issue... I bought a 2001 9-3 1 yr ago. Recently the oil...
  3. NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    So I’ve got a 2002 9-3 with just under 200k miles on it. I’ve been plagued with problems since I got it, clutch blew out my second day of ownership and then the sludge problem surfaced. My SAAB mech told me all about the sludge problem, then to put dropping the pan and cleaning the screen out...
  4. 9-5 Workshop
    I've got a 2002 9-5 Aero Wagon with 97,000 miles and from everything I can tell it's got PCV#6. I've owned it about 3 years and the car runs great. I had a dribble from the valve cover. Yesterday I opened up the valve cover for the first time to replace the seal. A mountain of coke was staring...
  5. NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    2000 9-3 SE. Had oil return plugged by sludge in 2008, oil light, warning chime. Mechanic dropped the pan, cleaned out the sludge. I've been running full synthetic since then. Today at 160k+ a noise sounds definitely like a collapsed lifter, toward the cam chain end of the head. Either a...
  6. 9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    My question is I have a 05 Saab 9-3 CV B207R AUTO as I'm learning please correct me if I'm wrong. The 05 9-3 some Saabs were "upgraded" for the oil trap and stuff like that. Do I still have to change this part that goes inside the intake manifold it's for the sludge. Does this part comes with...
  7. New Member Introductions
    So, I have started my journey into the world of Saab! As a bit of background, I'm a commercial/instrument pilot that works in aviation engineering at Garmin, so I'm completely aircraft obsessed. Because of that, I quickly noticed aviation influences when I started looking into Saabs, and fell in...
  8. NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    Hi Guys, I've searched the forum for this subject, but I didn't really find a definitive answer, so I hope you don't mind me starting a new thread. I have a 2001 9-3 which had a reconditioned B235R engine (T7 ignition) fitted 40,000 km ago. I have religiously changed the engine oil and had it...
  9. NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    Look what I found in my intercooler hose today. The pictures of the part the connects right to the turbo. It's very thick and sticky. Should I be concerned about this? I think maybe I should. The car's an 02 and has 132k on it. Oil levels never really seem to drop. This is probably the first...
  10. Engine Oil, Lubricants & Fluids
    Hi My mechanic has recommend lucas oil additives for my engine and transmission but i have been hesitant to do so what does everyone think and has anyone actually added this stuff to there car. I have a small leak coming from my trany cooler seals my mechanic seems to think that lucas will swell...
  11. NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    2001 Saab SE Convertable w/auto trans. Victim of sludge. I just bought it 3.5 weeks ago. Saab Specialist here in Seattle, WA wants $3000+ for new (different/running) B205R engine in it. Can I swap a B235R T8 engine T8 into it, without too much complication. It seems the B205R is a more...
  12. 9-5 Workshop
    OK guys, here's a PCV related question with a pic. I did the #6 update a couple of weeks ago. Tonight I cut open the old hose. This picture shows the top (right where it plugged into the valve cover). Here is what it looked like: Now, before I panicked I remembered that car's PO had sludge...
  13. 9-5 Workshop
    Hi all, A few months ago I picked up a 2003 9-5 Linear wagon with 125k miles for very cheap from a lady who had just had it with all of its repair issues. I drove it home blowing smoke and spewing trans fluid the whole way. I replaced the blown Garrett turbo with a Mitsubishi TD-04 and fixed a...
  14. NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    Hi everyone! Before I get started I just want to say thanks to all of the contributors here on the forums! I've already learned a lot and taken care of a few issues thanks to you guys-you rock! ;ol; Okay, so here's my story: a few months ago I decided that I needed to downsize my fun car...
  15. NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    Hi there, these forums have been incredibly helpful, so thanks everybody! Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this rattle/knocking sound? It is heard clearly at seconds 2-3 and then at 5-6. Car drives well in all gears (its a five-speed manual trans), although the turbocharger...
  16. NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    Is this part related to the upgrade? Is this part of the sludge issue?
  17. 9-5 Workshop
    Let me start by letting everybody know a few things about me and my new (used) Saab This is my second car ever. I have learned more in the past week than i have ever known about motorized vehicles. I bought this car on craiglist a week ago from today, it was the first and only car i looked...
  18. NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    I can't locate my original thread talking about my cam followers being the potential cause of the clicking on the top of my engine, so I'm doing this one. It turns out its a sludge issue. There is excessive crankcase pressure due to internal sludge build-up. The engine needs replacing or...
  19. 9-5 Workshop
    Bought a sludged '01 9-5 Wagon (base) for $600. Found it on the local craigslist, turns out one of the dealer techs at Morries Saab in Minneapolis here was the seller. He already had the head and sump off. Bad piston. My initial plan was to use one of the 9000 bottom ends I already have...
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