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Bought my '99 Saab 9-5 SE 2.3t from an import shop near Indpls in Jan. '09. Had been wrecked, totaled, refurbished. Ran fine for 6 mos, then started smoking, overheating. Finally parked it in Nov '09 convinced the head gasket was blown (exhaust smelled funny). A week ago (yes, it sat on my drive for 2 yrs) a mechanic friend and I checked pressure, oil and coolant - doesn't look like head gasket. Installed the PVC #6 upgrade - previous hose from TB to crank case w/ck valve appeared to be installed backwards, and another hose was a BMW part and was split, spraying oil on the engine. Now it isn't smoking and no check engine light. BUT: More test driving out on the interstate yesterday: accelerated hard and just as it started to take off I lost power, check engine light came on. It was as if the hard acceleration blew something apart or tripped something. The engine surged the rest of the way home, check engine light on, flashing at one point and had to stop. Radiator has water in it from our repair, had not yet replaced w/coolant, but thermostat read normal (bad thermostat?). Now I have to give it lots of gas to get it to start and stay running. Getting that funny smell in the exhaust now too. Sorry for the long post... can anyone shed some light?