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  1. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    Had the timing chain changed 1.5 year ago after having dealt with the sludge issue. The chain has been quiet since, but is now rattling again when cold. I dropped the sump, which was completely clean, and took out the timing chain tensioner, which was only extended to 9 mm. I am kind of...
  2. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    I bought my first saab after reading some great reviews online. However not reading deep enough i bought an 03 and fell foul to the dreaded sludge problems or have i survived by the skin of my teeth. I drove the car 150 miles the day after buying the car and the oil light came on followed by...
  3. Classic Saab 9-3/GM900 (1994 - 2002)/Conv ( -2003)
    I have a 2001 93 with 220000 kays on the clock and no detailed service history apart from oil change every 15000 kays I have read a lot about these motors having problems with the oil sludging up. How do I know if I have a problem lurking in the sump, will taking the top cover off to see how...
  4. Classic Saab 9-3/GM900 (1994 - 2002)/Conv ( -2003)
    I know the answer to this one, but I am hoping by some miracle the problem will go away. 2002 9-3 LPT. Never had the crankcase breathing mod. White gunge on end of dipstick. No whining noises, no smell of oil. Car serviced before my ownership by independent guy who was a friend of the car's...
  5. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    Hello all, just purchased a 2006 Dame Edna 95 2.3t after pretty much 6 years of trouble free motoring from my MY2001 95 2.3 estate, just wondering if the sludge problems etc still apply to these models. Ride is still very smooth and comfortable but suspension feels a lot firmer, brakes are a...
  6. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    Quick question. Viewed a 9-5 last night but need to call back for test drive. 86k '05' plate, Auto 2.0t vector. Serviced every 12k or so with a FSH. Stealer only want 1.5k for it with a 12 month mot. Is sludge an issue with these later petrol engines? Would anyone reccomend dropping the sump...
  7. Classic Saab 9-3/GM900 (1994 - 2002)/Conv ( -2003)
    What are the tell tail signs of engine sludge? I purchased a one owner, beautiful black 2002 Saab 9-3 SE with the vin engine letter K; I hear the engine is not as successful as its predecessors....??? So it is unlike my older Saabs I have owned, it shoots a small amount of smoke, and has a...
  8. Classic Saab 9-3/GM900 (1994 - 2002)/Conv ( -2003)
    Please, please, please... anyone who has encountered this problem... and their Saab has lived to tell the tale... please let me know what you did that saved your vehicle. Hopefully, you can help me to save my beloved 9-3. Here's the story so far... bought car 8K miles ago, had oil changed 5K...
  9. Classic Saab 9-3/GM900 (1994 - 2002)/Conv ( -2003)
    Hi all, I bought my first ever Saab -2002 9-3 "anniversary" model with 108,000 k's on the clock about a month ago. I've always wanted one after driving a 900 turbo in the early 90's. It came with service records that showed that it had 3 owners and had never gone more than 10,000k's between...
  10. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    Does everyone agree that the Sludge problem in 07' Aero 9-5 is resolved by Saab, even with 2nd Catalytic directly under the oil sump? tia Steve
  11. Help, Advice, Saabs and Motoring
    Hi My 2003 9-5 2.3t Arc was serviced @ 42000 miles by a main Saab dealer (for the previous owner). Is Fully synthetic oil specified by Saab for their dealer services? If so I could therefore assume that it would have had fully synthetic oil? Also with its previous services by main dealers? It...
  12. Classic Saab 9-3/GM900 (1994 - 2002)/Conv ( -2003)
    Having read the post "Dodging Bulletts" I thought I'd "Try my luck" with Saab UK & TRY & get some answers..... I originally sent a "Standard" letter asking if they Knew about it & could they confirm there was a Campaign in the UK ref this issue .... They replied they DID KNOW & there WAS a...
  13. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    HI TO ALL Need some help i have just got a MY2001 9-5, 160k service up to 120k then none.The problem is that it is making the whineing noise in the morning so i had a look at the breather pipes & one was in a bad way it fall apart in my hand it's the one from the cam cover down to the back of...
  14. Help, Advice, Saabs and Motoring
    This may not be a new item for the Fourm but it is new for me. Given the amount of discussion about engine sluge problems and dodgy PCV system, does this apply also to the more recent diesels, specifically the 1.9 Tid engines, or are they immune? Also, are there any other suspect aspects of...
  15. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    brown sludge in my oil why?
  16. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    Hi guys, I've just bought a V-reg 9-5 2.0 T estate :) A very nice car, very smooth drive, no weird noises. I've been reading about the sludge issues and thinking of doing this job myself anytime soon. Is there maybe a write-up on this subject? (searched but could not find) The car has 125K now...
  17. Classic Saab 9-3/GM900 (1994 - 2002)/Conv ( -2003)
    hi guys i have a few questions the first is how do i tell if my saabs engine suffers from the sludge problem secondly i'm having problems finding a how to on the sludge problem basicly i would like to be able to print it off so i can give to a mechanic so they no exactly what to do or...
  18. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    OK Guys. I've cropped, annotated and resized a load of pictures. This is both to capture what I found and hopefully aid others in the future. I found there were a lot of things not discussed in many of the maintenance guides, and where my hands were clean enough I've tried to capture an image...
  19. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    OK. Finally got the car back together; except for the front and right side weather shields. It started and ran and ate some oil which I expected as the filter, head resevoirs, oil cooler filled up. Oil pressure alert at start, presumably as everything is empty, soon cleared. Bit noisey...
  20. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    Mine's a 9-5 lpt 2.3 auto, '54 plate, 62k miles. There are a lot of posts about sludge, sump drop, oil types, and change intervals. And some slightly contradictory advice. To pull it all together, I think 6k oil changes seem to be the recommendation (against the official 12month/12k miles)...
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