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  1. Trying not to lose hope on our Saab...

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Our family decided to dive into the Saab pool this year, after years of consideration. We bought an '87 900 turbo first, because we missed having a fun manual to tool around in and then decided to pick up an '06 9-3 2.0T Sportcombi as a daily driver. We have been working our way through issues...
  2. Dynamic Oil Leak: Back of Engine

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Alright Saab community, I need you guys. A long story short, I have a large amount of oil leaking on the turbo side of the engine that is (of course :roll:) getting onto the down pipe and exhaust, which is smoking up pretty badly. And unfortunately, I haven't been able to source the leak...
  3. is this condensation?

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    hey guys. recently, ive noticed that when i rev the car hard (near redline) when cold, theres a puff of smoke. the smoke is cloudy but not thick. I was just wondering if this is condensation. when it is not revved, no smoke would come out and also no smoke during startup No smoke when the car...
  4. black smoke cold rev

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    hey guys, i know im not meant to rev the engine cold but i did it just to see what kind of smoke would come out of the exhaust. I did a cold start with my 06 saab 9-3 2.0t and revved it a few times and i noticed a cloud of black smoke. is that normal? when the car is warmed up, no smoke comes...
  5. Oil in combustion chamber 3

    9000 Workshop
    Hi all, I recently finished an operation on a 1994 Saab 9000 Aero that included pulling the engine and trans, replacing both the head gasket among other things. After a month or two of daily driving, I've noticed a few strange things. Maybe they're all related, probably not. I'm curious what...
  6. 2002 leaking oil

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    I am new here. Great forum. 2002 SAAB 9-3 2.0 L B205R turbo w PCV upgrade done @ 50k mileage 148k and 3k on ‘amateur’ rebuild :roll: bent valve repair and no sludge I need help with the following conditions. bluish white billows of smoke from exhaust, heavier on deceleration bluish...
  7. Problem with my 2005 9-3

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Ok.. So I'm not a mechanic by any means and can hardly check the oil lol.. But my Saab broke down 2 weeks ago and the guy that usually fixes my cars said the engine is shot and that's it. Me being a stubborn women, said F*** Y** and started to work on it myself! So here is some back history I...
  8. 2000 9-3 Smoking Problems - Tried about everything...

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    I bought a 2000 9-3 at the beginning of the summer, seemed to be in good condition. The previous owner ran me through all the recent maintenance he had done, seemed knowledgeable, helpful, and the car test drove fine, no CEL or anything. Said he had recently replaced the turbo with a known good...
  9. 2001 9-5 intermitent oil light and smoke

    9-5 Workshop
    This is what happened... The oil light was flickering on and off while idle, so I thought the engine needs oil. I added 2 lts and the oil light still blinks and the engine exhausts a smog cloud that my car now seems a crop fumigating plane. I´ll appreciate your comments to this mess I created...
  10. Oil dripping onto cat SMOKE!!

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    So recently my 2003 9-3 2.0t se vert started smoking after warmup from under the hood if sitting still it goes into ac and stinks! I've looked under the hood and i think its coming from back of engine because there's oil allover the cat and its burning off so much I'm losing about allmost a...
  11. Running rich?

    C900 Workshop
    Hi all. I'm currently restoring my c900 N/A, I am pretty sure it is running rich. The symptoms are that it blows smoke from the tailpipe, and the spark plugs are all black, despite being almost new. The smoke is worse at startup, but continues when at operating temperature. It smells like...
  12. 02 93 SE - smoking issue, new head gasket, rebuilt turbo, please help!!

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    2002 Saab 9-3 SE, my first Saab, and its not going well. 127,000 miles. Bought the car knowing it had overheated once because of a blown coolant line. After I bought it I realized it was a small coolant line that went to the intake manifold? so I put a gallon of coolant in it and drove it...
  13. Can it be saved?!! Could use some help figuring out what's going on.

    9-5 Workshop
    I have a 2000 9-5 Saab which just went up in smoke and I have no idea what is wrong with it. I don't have the money to get it into the shop just yet but I'd like to get an idea of what's going on with it in the meantime if I can. If anyone here can offer any insight it would be greatly...
  14. Smoking around serpentine belt & TERRIBLE noises?

    9-5 Workshop
    Hello. I have a Saab 9-5 2000 V6. About two days ago I had a much-needed oil change and the mechanic said he was a bit concerned about a slight leak. Not seeming too concerned, I've driven it since, just making sure to check the oil each day. Today, it was idling in the driveway 5 minutes...
  15. P0420, Sluggish, Bad MPG's on 2002 Arc

    9-5 Workshop
    Hello, I wanted to get the community opinion on what course of action I should take. Recently I have been receiving the CEL P0420 code, indicating 'Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)'. The car appears to be more sluggish than usual, even after I clear the code using my OBD...
  16. (!), brake light and check engine light on along with billowing smoke!!!

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Hi Saab-Lovers, I have had my 1999 Saab 9-3 for about two years now. Up until recently, like 3 months ago, it has been running fine. I did have it parked through the winter as I live in a snowy area and could just walk to work. I had it smogged in March and the tires changed. Since the tires...
  17. Turbo Question

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    I have 2000 Saab 9-3 that is blowing smoke. I know, I know. Typical signs of the turbo going out. However, the reason I am writing in here is to ask a question about it...I just recently purchased it, I do not have service history of the vehicle, and I do not know what kind of oil has been used...
  18. running without turbo

    9-5 Workshop
    I dont know if I did right or maybe ruin my engine but the fact is that we have this only one car and cant be stopped, so, the turbo blows, is a 1999 9-5 V6, I cant get the new cartridge by two weeks from Ebay, but I need the car running!, I take the turbo out, separate from manifold, cap the...
  19. Heacy light blue smoke - 9-3 SS Tid 1.9 120HP

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Hi there, From time to time (every 2000km), i can se a very heavy light blue smoke coming out from the exhaust. it last for about only 3-4 minutes and stops. no warning on the dashboard, oil temp is OK, no specific noise, no performance lost. I have no idea of what is it... The last smoke test...
  20. White smoke. Temp gauge ok. No real leaks.

    9-5 Workshop
    Within 10 minutes on my way to work in the mornings, my car has white smoke coming out from under the hood. On long interstate trips, there are no issues. The temperature gauge rises to the normal level within a normal amount of time. The white smoke comes up from behind the fan. The coolant...
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