GM's Saab recalls 400,000 cars over engine flaw STOCKHOLM (AFX) - General Motor Corp's Swedish subsidiary Saab Automobile AB said it is recalling up to 400,000 of its 9-5 and 9-3 cars worldwide due to an engine design flaw.
The company said the flaw could lead to a rapid deterioration of oil quality and damage turbo-charged engines.
'As many as 400,000 cars may be affected worldwide,' Saab (Stockholm: SAABb.ST - news) spokesman Oerjan Aaslund said, refusing to reveal how much money the company would be forced to spend on the repairs.
The company said it will issue an 8-year retroactive engine guarantee for its 1998 to 2000 9-5 models and its 2000 to 2003 9-3 models.
'The guarantee means that customers who have been affected by motor problems due to oil sludge will receive full financial compensation,' Saab said in a statement, pointing out that the purchaser of a vehicle in 1998 would still have a valid guarantee through 2006.
The car manufacturer said that about 4 pct of the 95,000 cars equipped with the engines in question circulating in Sweden appeared to have experienced problems.
'Sweden has been more affected than many other markets... mainly due to the fact that it is colder here and it takes longer for the engines to warm up,' Aaslund said.
The 8-year retroactive engine warranty covers Trionic7 engines, B205 & B235, between 1998-2003. The 2004 and on T7 engine has a new version of PCV and are not affected by 'oil sludge'.chico_85 said:The press release has just come out that Saab is offering 8-yr warranty on all the engines. It is quite a buzz over the saabnet board. However, some say only 1998-2001 engines are covered. Can anyone post more detail? Thanks.
Good question, I like some others had new engines too :roll:cak0612 said:How can I get saab to pay me back. I have had the sludge problem bad oil pan dropped and all oil lines cleaned also. I have also put a new turbo on. and more I really need my money back I am broke college student. saab 99 9-5 2.3