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Sort of. The "Empty" is the point where you need to add more to get it in range. If its not even registering on the plastic bit, you have no idea whats in there!

Above the "full" mark could be damaging.
 

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Exactly that. If the oil level is at the lower mark, the engine has three quarts in it instead of the full 4 quarts and you need to add a quart.

Edit: Since the car is European, I suppose I should say liters instead of quarts, but they're so close that you can use them pretty interchangeably.
 

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Ah I see, that makes some sense. I just had some difficulty in understanding the dipstick from just the text description found on the forums, so I had to make my own diagram. :)
 

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Is this your first automobile?

This is autotech 101.
These are the kinds of condescending remarks on these forums that are not helpful to anyone. I don't know why members feel the need to make these kinds of statements. They discourage newcomers and don't add anything to the conversation, other than to maybe prove your automotive superiority? Sorry for the rant but I'm just tired of snarky and condescending comments on forums.

The Saab dipstick IS very odd, and it lacks the markings of most other oil dipsticks I have seen.
 

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Thanks andybisnut , I feel the same way about plenty of forums, SAAB or otherwise.
And to answer you, redaero-wagon-2000, yeah, this is my first ever car, and I am trying my best to maintain it and understand how it works, so I do don't pay a fortune for everyone via a specialist.
 

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Thanks andybisnut , I feel the same way about plenty of forums, SAAB or otherwise.
And to answer you, redaero-wagon-2000, yeah, this is my first ever car, and I am trying my best to maintain it and understand how it works, so I do don't pay a fortune for everyone via a specialist.
Sorry, I apologize for the stupid comment. Un-called for.

I am an old guy who drove his first Saab over 60 yrars ago. The 93b, 95, and 96 were the first 3 and no dip sticks back then!

SORRY. Please accept my apology.
 

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Hi redaero-wagon-2000, It's ok, don't worry, no offence was taken on my side. :)
The 9-5 is my first ever car, and also has a history of sludge and high mileage of over 260,000 miles, plus oil leaks, so I need to know for sure how to read that weird oil dipstick.
 

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Hi redaero-wagon-2000, It's ok, don't worry, no offence was taken on my side. :)
The 9-5 is my first ever car, and also has a history of sludge and high mileage of over 260,000 miles, plus oil leaks, so I need to know for sure how to read that weird oil dipstick.
Thanks.

Oil is key. Change it at 3000-4000 with full sythetic. I use Mobile1 15w-50. in my so cal climate. Do it yourself and buy it from walmart.com $22.xx for 5 quart bottle and free 2 day shipping on $50 orders. 2 jugs and a couple of filter will do it.

Have fun, the 9-5 is an awesome car.......I am on my 5th one since 1999.
 

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Such things as Walmart are not possible in Europe. I only use either GM 5W-30 or Mobil 1 5W-40 on this car, with Purflux oil filters or Mann filters. All I can hope is that the car will hold itself together until I can manage a full engine rebuild. That's all I'm asking from her, don't ruin the engine.
 

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GM/Saab 5W-30 is perfect oil to your Saab. It has Dexos 2 grade, which replaces old classification (GM LL-A 025; GM LL-B 025).
 

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Such things as Walmart are not possible in Europe. I only use either GM 5W-30 or Mobil 1 5W-40 on this car, with Purflux oil filters or Mann filters. All I can hope is that the car will hold itself together until I can manage a full engine rebuild. That's all I'm asking from her, don't ruin the engine.
OOPS did not notice you were in Europe....I would use the 15w-40 and change at 3000k. Good luck. Personally I feel sludge is over sold. If PO did frequent oil changes you would be OK.
 

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Mimmi I don't really like the GM oil though, I find the Mobil 1 to be a bit better. Everyone recommends me the Liqui Moly 5W-40 for my high mileage, however that oil is just too expensive for me.
redaero-wagon-2000 15W-40, isn't that too much for these engines? The PO did not do frequent oil changes, given that the engine was starting to whine at cold starts thanks to the oil strainer being almost clogged. I bought the car just in time, otherwise, it would have been just another piece of metal in a cold scrapyard.
 

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Mimmi I don't really like the GM oil though, I find the Mobil 1 to be a bit better. Everyone recommends me the Liqui Moly 5W-40 for my high mileage, however that oil is just too expensive for me.
redaero-wagon-2000 15W-40, isn't that too much for these engines? The PO did not do frequent oil changes, given that the engine was starting to whine at cold starts thanks to the oil strainer being almost clogged. I bought the car just in time, otherwise, it would have been just another piece of metal in a cold scrapyard.
I like the higher viscosity because GM use low friction rings to try to get better gas mileage and in high mile cars I feel you need all the help you can get in sealing these rings and stopping blow by. I use 13w-50 mobil 1 year round in my 200,000 mile 2000 9-5 combi.
Full discloosure the engine has about 50,000 miles on it since a full rebuild with Wossner forged pistons, and a full precise machine shop rebuild including the removal of the balance shafts. It is stage 2 and we get just under 300 HP . We are now in the paint stage of the restoration and have been slowed down by the virus here.
 

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Sorry, I apologize for the stupid comment. Un-called for.

I am an old guy who drove his first Saab over 60 yrars ago. The 93b, 95, and 96 were the first 3 and no dip sticks back then!

SORRY. Please accept my apology.
Thanks. I hope you understand the "spirit" of my comment. It wasn't to be a confrontational jerk. I hope this (and any forum) is a place where first timers can come without feeling looked down upon. As a long-time Saab expert, I am sure these rudimentary questions can seem trivial to you, so I totally get where you're coming from. Thanks for undestanding where I was coming from.
 
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