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Old 03-20-2015, 05:01 PM   #1
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Maitence needed for high milage 9-5

just picked up a 9-5 aero wagon 5 speed.
very clean
lots of miles 240,000 to be exact.

My plan is to purchase a 2.3L from a yard, rebuild it. and then bcb stag3 tune the car.
Right now it seems to run ok, with minor problems. oil leak. coolant looks gross. and the clutch pedal doesn't return all the way. I plan to just do some maintenance and driving it intill i have the other engine done.
things i will do.
Flush coolant
flush engine oil
Drop pan.
New 02 sensor.
Any tips or advice would be appreciated. its been a lilttle while since ive had a saab thankyou saab on
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Old 03-21-2015, 06:12 AM   #2
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If the coolant looks that gross, it's either wicked old, and flushing it will cause the water pump/radiator to leak, or has some sort of stop-leak in it. Careful!

If you intend to keep this car, start inspecting/replacing the million bushings in the suspension. you can use PPS to save a few bucks in some places(large/dense bushings), but powerflex is your best bet. Moog/lemforder are your best bet for ball joints/tie rod ends. The cheap stuff is cheap for a reason.

Replace all of the rubber vacuum hoses with silicone, and replace radiator hoses for good measure. Eeuro sells heater core hoses that eliminate the coolant bypass valve if you don't want to mess with that.
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Old 03-21-2015, 02:52 PM   #3
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I dunno why its so hard to find out if my saab has the td04-15t. im almost positive it does. I couldn't see making 230hp from a gt17 lol . Thank you for the insight!
Does the aero come with the td04 ?
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Aero = td04
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Old 03-21-2015, 06:59 PM   #5
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Yeah aeros are all tdo4 but yes gt17s can get up to 230 horse a linear with a tune will make about stock aero power. And 2.3 with the big T have tdo4 as well correct?

Replace all the vac lines too
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Old 03-24-2015, 03:44 PM   #6
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:28 PM   #7
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My 2000 9-5 aero was fed full syn all its life and at 250k miles the engine was in wonderful shape. I rebuilt it with new rings, light hone, polished crank and new std bearings. Checked every clearance on the bearings and every ring gap and it was all within factory tolerance.

Unless you can't afford the downtime, I'd pull apart your original motor before spending money on a spare to see if you can do the same as I did. My car runs perfect, but after my experience I am a little sad to say the car has 250 k miles but has a rebuilt motor. The original motor had a lot of life left.
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:27 PM   #8
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I cannot afford the down time. I moved outta state. and this is all i have. I had a b205 before that was so sludged i cannot see this one being any better with the amount of miles. lol these engines are fun and easy to rebuild tho. thanks for the insight everyone.
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