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Hello,
I've already used this forum and received a lot of help and it seem that now I need your help again.
Before I get to the point, I will give you some details about the car.

Bought it few months ago after selling my 9-5 saloon. It's a 2000 9-5 2.3t Auto estate with 125k miles on the clock. Previous owner said he replaced the turbo and turbo by-pass valve and after taking the car for a test drive I agreed to buy it.
The day after problems started. The revs would float on idle and the car would stall every time when I was slowing down (when stopping at traffic lights for example) and strange air leak noise was coming out from under the bonnet. Took it to the only mechanic I trusted and he noticed that one of the thin hoses (the one near the bulkhead) was snapped and the air would leak. He replaced the plastic connector and everything went back to normal. I wasn't driving the car,but after few days when I decided to drive to the supermarket a huge cloud of white smoke came out from the exhaust (smelling of fumes, but not coolant) and after 10-15 seconds it disappeared. I've been told that it could've been the oil in the exhaust after the turbo blown. Fine, I thought. Car was running fine for some time and then after around 100 miles trip I started to hear the sound of the timing chain.
At this point I was fed up with this car but good people from Saabcentral gave me some valuable advice so I decided to replace timing chain. My local Saab specialist from Glasgow quoted me £1500-£2000 so I just hung up as the car isn't even worth that much. I found a mechanic who specialises in building and fixing engines, especially GM. He removed the engine, replaced chains, gears sprockets and everything else that was in the kit, cleaned the engine, dropped the sump, cleaned it, cleaned the strainer, put everything back together and called me. Few days later I went back to my local mechanic to upgrade for PVC 6. I even gave him printout from Saab (PCV 6 installation). When I got the car back he said that the mechanic, who replaced the timing chain forgotten to connect few thin vacuum hoses (there are 3 hoses between the engine and the radiator that are connected together by triple plastic connector. That fixed the problem of the car going on low rpm (200-300) and stalling when the aircon compressor was kicking in. I have replaced brake pads, discs, droplinks and god knows what else and I thought that after spending car value on repairs I will finally have a car that is ready for a 1200 miles trip. And now, today something is wrong AGAIN! When the autobox reduces gear on low speeds (30-50mph) there is a whining sound for few seconds, but not sure where from. Sometimes the car hesitates after pressing the throttle, like its choking, and then it would kick in and it would all be fine. Took it on the motorway, car would accelerate properly, kick down etc working fine, so I thougt its all fine now and went to asda to do shopping. On my way back car hesitated while I was accelerating when going up the hill and eventually died. I pulled over, put in on P started and it started with no problems.
I had 17 cars in my life and some of them (3) were really rubbish (fiat), but I wasnt expecting a lot from them.
I also had 3 volvos and 2 mercs and they never let me down.
What I'm going through with my Saab is beyond belief, I want to love it but it costed me over £1000 so far to fix and believe me, I have never put anything near that amount of money towards any of my cars in 2 months time - not even in a years time. Its a beautiful and very comfortable car, but so far, the only thing that saves it from pushing it off the cliff is this forum.
PLEASE HELP ME, Im going on holiday in 2 weeks and theres no chance I can change it, nor I cant spend more money just so the mechanic can investigate and fix something that is not related.
Seriously, this is this car's last chance. If I will have to cancel my holidays and stay in rainy and cold Glasgow this car is going to a scrap yard and I'm losing £2k. :(
 

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Forgot to mention, that my holiday involves this car, Its a 1200 miles trip form Scotland to Germany with our dog at the back.
 

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Im afraid I dont have the answer It would seem that you got a car that wasnt taken care of.Its a shame because they are, if looked after ,a beautiful and reliable car,and I dont mean babied I drive mine hard but I also change my oil every 3000 km with mobil 1 .ITs got 270000 km. Mabe someone else can help although im not sure .by reading ,what the symptoms are now.GOOD LUCK DAVE S> Check your tranny fluid or have it serviced.
 

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No engine lights?

Still sounds like a vacuum leak. When I got my 00 @ 116K miles all fluids and filters where changed along with sparkplugs as you don't know what the history was, if any.
 

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No engine lights or anything. Sparkplugs replaced two weeks ago (NGK from partsforsaab) I have 5l of synthetic oil and and oil filter sitting in my garage waiting for a pre-holiday change on Friday. All filters replaced already except the fuel filter.
 

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I had a rough idle when I pushed in the clutch. The engine wanted to die until I reved it and stabilized. I had broken a vacuum hose during replacement but it was a small leak. Yours sounds like another vacuum leak: you can inspect, find, and replace yourself.

The labor is sucking you wallet dry now.
 

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Mine idles fine, it just recently started to struggle when i press the accelerator to hard (to overtake) or if the auto gearbox needs to do some extra work when coming up the hill. It still loses rpms for a sec but never in a very noticable way. Vacuum? Fuel filter clogged? Push the car off the cliff? :-/
 

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Does anyone have a diagram for all vacuum hoses? PCV 6 was done properly but other must've been connected the wrong way after engine removal as the car still hesitates under acceleration on low speeds and stalls while going up the hill. Strange (bassy?) noise while autobox reduces gear on low speeds for few seconds still present.
Please help, 1100miles journey in 10 days! :/
 

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Took some photos and would be grateful for any comments. I dont know if the vacuum hoses are attached properly after engine removal so if you can see anything out of ordinary, let me know. Im going to see my mechanic tomorrow morning so its really important to have some ideas to why my car is struggling when accelerating.

This is the most important thing. It hasnt been connected to anything as the plastic connector was broken. My mechanic re-attached it, but im not sure if its correct.








Thanks! :)
 

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the most important one is second last (i think, the one beside the photo of the engine bay) it's the one that has not been attached after engine removal.
 

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I had a 99 9-5 that would oddly enough die when making left hand turns at low speed. Most likely a coincidence but I had two issues - leaking brake booster and a dime size hole in my lower intercooler cooler.
 

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Any feedback on the photos? Mechanic in 12hrs :/
 

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You mean this one? Hose from the BCV? Replace the hose yourself and see what happens. Chances are the shop will have to order it, you could too.
 

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Its the photo with three hoses connected together (is this the bcv?). Its not been attached and the plastic connector was broken. My mechanic connected it, but not sure if its been done correctly as after this the car makes this moaning noise when accelerating (turbo kicking in) and wouldnt go up the hill. Thoughts? :)
 

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Jst got the post with the photo attached :)
Yeah, basically before this hasbeen connected, the car would lose rmps when aircon was kicking in, we cleaned the throttle body, but also found these hoses disconnected. Now rpms are fine but this problem occured. Do you think that would be related to it? Thanks
 
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