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Old 07-10-2009, 07:21 PM   #1
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How long can you drive on a turbo that is starting to go?

Long story short, I am in the process of moving to SF from Chicago but I was first going to visit some family in NY. Just as I was leaving, my girlfriend's 2001 Saab 9-5 wagon began smoking horribly out of the exhaust blueish/white smoke. One estimate I received said it was the turbo and I'm currently having it looked at for a second estimate.

The car has sat for about 3 months and then I had the oil changed, it was only after this I noticed the smoke. Since I moved out of my apartment I am staying with a friend until I can get this taken care of. So the best case scenario for me would be if I could drive the 600 miles to NY to get it fixed there. Is this possible or will I do more damage in the end? It only smokes now on startup then it goes away.

If not, does anyone know a place in Chicago that I could buy a rebuilt turbo or that will rebuild one for me? I haven't had any luck. A new one from Saab is $1200 + labor which is not something I can afford right now.

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Old 07-10-2009, 07:39 PM   #2
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if you send a pm to chadwick he might be able to help you, are you any good at do it yourself auto work?
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Than you, I will pm him. I used to try to do as much work myself when I had a car. But this is not my car so I would rather not touch it myself.

The last thing I want to do is to do something myself and have it go wrong. I would hear about it from the old lady forever.
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Old 07-10-2009, 07:49 PM   #4
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hah, sounds like a good plan if you're unsure of your abilities.
i think chadwick charges ~$400-$500 for a rebuild, but he might have something already done that he can well you. it's always cheaper to do work yourself but i know your situation.

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Rebuilds are 375 and add 110 if it needs a turbine shaft.

Driving with a dying turbo is kind of like standing on a bomb that doesn't really have a timer on it.
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