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Old 12-18-2013, 10:46 AM   #1
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1999 Viggen need help

So I recently found a 1999 Viggen for sell for That is one of the 2 silver ones from that year. The bad thing is it says it has a blown motor talked to the lady she said that she was told that it had weak piston Skirts. Im figuring if I get it I will have to replace the block maybe the head also. So my question is do I have to get a block from a Viggen or can I get one from a regulat 9-3? Or I know its a 2.3L would a motor out of a 9000 work also. As I do have an exta head for a 9000CS laying around. Also for a Viggan this age and with a bad motor would would be a good price range? Everything else on the car is great with just a couple of dings on it.
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IMO, you need to do some more research before you jump into a project like this. There are bunches of threads with information about b234 swaps and b234/b235 hybrids.

There’s no reason to assume that you’ll need a new head. And you probably won’t need a new block, either.

I wouldn’t start on a project like this without having at least $2000 available to fix the car.
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IMO, you need to do some more research before you jump into a project like this. There are bunches of threads with information about b234 swaps and b234/b235 hybrids.

There’s no reason to assume that you’ll need a new head. And you probably won’t need a new block, either.

I wouldn’t start on a project like this without having at least $2000 available to fix the car.
When I buy it I will have the 2000.00 that I would need to start working on it. My main this is would I have to find a Viggen 2.3L block or could I use the block for a 9-3 or 900 2.3L block. Im not worried about the pistons or anything as Ill be upgrading them before it goes back into the car. I have seen the post about the B234 swaps and was looking at that just wasn't sure if there was mainly any diff in the Viggan that might come up during the swap. I know I don't want to do the hybrid swap for sure.
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My main worry about it since he's saying the motor is blown is that there would be damage to the block that would just be better to get a new block for it.
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You can't use a 9-3 block, they are 2.0L engines.

Any 4-cylinder 9-5 block or a Viggen block is identical to what's in there. (PCV system mounting on 2004+ 9-5 blocks is a little different, but you just use the newer style 9-5 stuff). Pistons are the same too.

For a B234, those came in NON-TURBO NG900 4-cylinder cars, and 9000's. You need a 1994-1998 9000 block, the '91-'93 are different.

The 2.3 pistons from the non-turbo NG900 are different, and the blocks don't have the ports needed to supply the turbo with oil or water and may require some modification. Avoid.

You can use the 9000 pistons as they sit.

The NG900/9000 blocks can be swapped in, but you have to re-use all the old covers and mounting brackets off the Viggen engine you take out, along with the Viggen cylinder head and intake and exhaust manifolds.

As mentioned, look for threads here on B234 / B235 swaps or hybrids, all the details are there, and there is more involved in it.

The easiest thing to find will be a '99-'03 9-5 engine which will swap right in.
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You can't use a 9-3 block, they are 2.0L engines.

Any 4-cylinder 9-5 block or a Viggen block is identical to what's in there. (PCV system mounting on 2004+ 9-5 blocks is a little different, but you just use the newer style 9-5 stuff). Pistons are the same too.

For a B234, those came in NON-TURBO NG900 4-cylinder cars, and 9000's. You need a 1994-1998 9000 block, the '91-'93 are different.

The 2.3 pistons from the non-turbo NG900 are different, and the blocks don't have the ports needed to supply the turbo with oil or water and may require some modification. Avoid.

You can use the 9000 pistons as they sit.

The NG900/9000 blocks can be swapped in, but you have to re-use all the old covers and mounting brackets off the Viggen engine you take out, along with the Viggen cylinder head and intake and exhaust manifolds.

As mentioned, look for threads here on B234 / B235 swaps or hybrids, all the details are there, and there is more involved in it.

The easiest thing to find will be a '99-'03 9-5 engine which will swap right in.
Thank you very Much Drew that was completely whay I was looking for Ill look for a block from a 99-03 9-5 Im sure that shouldn't be to hard to find. Thank you for looking at this and answering.
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Thank you also Dantinne. I juset knew that calling for a Viggen block even though its the same as the 9-5 would probably be priced higher because of what it is.
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Be prepared -- finding a good 9-5 engine is not going to be as easy as you think.
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I know someone with a clean Monte Carlo Yellow Viggen 5-door, good engine, always maintained, great shape, who would maybe be interested in a trade for that 3-door you found. Send me a PM if that piques your interest.
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