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Thanks for all the advice.
I have spoken at length with 2 independent SAAB mechanics who have replaced chains by pulling through a new one by linking to the old one and rejoining it. Both ackowledge that this does not solve other worn components but in their experience no further problems have occured.
It's worth noting that my local SAAB dealer quoted £1,500 to replace both chains , followers tensioners etc. whereas the pull through chain job is around £350. A 1998 9000 CSE anni with 125k is only worth £2k. Is the higher expense justified?
 

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The price for the two chains sounds about right for main dealer. It's £1000 for just the timing chain and parts.

£350 for the split chain sounds very expensive actually, I wouldn't have thought it would take more than an hour or two going slowly and given that the chain can be bought for £53 inc VAT, I'd like to know where the other £300 is going.

What happens if the timing chain is rolled on and the tensioner is worn out? Or the guides? or the balance chain gives up?

Gotta ask!
 
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