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I can't locate my original thread talking about my cam followers being the potential cause of the clicking on the top of my engine, so I'm doing this one.

It turns out its a sludge issue. There is excessive crankcase pressure due to internal sludge build-up. The engine needs replacing or rebuilding.

The other drawback is the New England winters were so bad that rust on the lug nuts prevent the wheels from being removed. I tried to have wheel balancing yesterday at Indy shop. The tech couldn't remove the wheels without breaking off lug nuts; there was no guarantee that the lugs themselves were not also stuck from the rust so I declined further work.

This car just turned 150k yesterday and drives like a dream: 2000 SE 5-dr, 5 speed, immaculate interior, all accessories work, A/C blows warm air (I live in breezy ocean community so I never bothered with it since I got it.)

I wish to sell to a Saab enthusiast who is a serious DIYer and has the confidence, patience and skill level to keep this car going. What is the best way to achieve this and what should I ask for the car?
 

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I can't locate my original thread talking about my cam followers being the potential cause of the clicking on the top of my engine, so I'm doing this one.

It turns out its a sludge issue. There is excessive crankcase pressure due to internal sludge build-up. The engine needs replacing or rebuilding.

The other drawback is the New England winters were so bad that rust on the lug nuts prevent the wheels from being removed. I tried to have wheel balancing yesterday at Indy shop. The tech couldn't remove the wheels without breaking off lug nuts; there was no guarantee that the lugs themselves were not also stuck from the rust so I declined further work.

This car just turned 150k yesterday and drives like a dream: 2000 SE 5-dr, 5 speed, immaculate interior, all accessories work, A/C blows warm air (I live in breezy ocean community so I never bothered with it since I got it.)

I wish to sell to a Saab enthusiast who is a serious DIYer and has the confidence, patience and skill level to keep this car going. What is the best way to achieve this and what should I ask for the car?
Was there a detrimental determination from the mechanic that the engine is toast? Excessive crank case pressure can easily be cured. Update the PCV system (if its not already) or clean it out, drop the pan clean it out and that should clear up excessive pressures. Put in clean oil of good quality, change it regularly and baby that thing until it quits. I wouldnt GIVE a car away for $1000. Hell, drive it till it dies and you could still have transportation for a bit, and when it does go you could get more than 1K for it. People pay more money for metal, catalytic converters, parts, etc.
 

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I couldn agree more. If it drives like a dream. Keep driving it. Break the lug nuts off/drill them out and then replace them. Cheap enuff to do that to be honest. Good luck with whatever U decide though.
 

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I agree with the posts about keeping the car. How about buying wheel hubs from salvage yards? I think they'd be cheap and available.
I think I'd let one or two other mechanics have a try at those wheel lug nuts. before giving up.
 

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San Diego, huh?


Hmmm...


Hey, you know, that car's GONE. It's worth like $100. I'll take it off your hands so you won't have to worry anymore.

:lol::lol::lol:

EDIT: Crap, it's a 5 door? DO WANT.
 

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Was there a detrimental determination from the mechanic that the engine is toast? Excessive crank case pressure can easily be cured. Update the PCV system (if its not already) or clean it out, drop the pan clean it out and that should clear up excessive pressures. Put in clean oil of good quality, change it regularly and baby that thing until it quits. I wouldnt GIVE a car away for $1000. Hell, drive it till it dies and you could still have transportation for a bit, and when it does go you could get more than 1K for it. People pay more money for metal, catalytic converters, parts, etc.
I'd rather keep this car for real; I'm attached to it. But I am not a serious DIYer. I will only do so much; beyond a half day's labor I'm not interested.

I thought it was as simple as dropping the oil pan too. Is that really something I can do? Will I find DIY that I can easily follow and be patient with? I can always find parts so that's not a problem.
 

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San Diego, huh?


Hmmm...


Hey, you know, that car's GONE. It's worth like $100. I'll take it off your hands so you won't have to worry anymore.

:lol::lol::lol:

EDIT: Crap, it's a 5 door? DO WANT.

I don't understand what you mean by "that car's GONE. It's worth like $100."
 
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