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I'm looking for a car for my father and have decided a CSE 2.0 LPT auto will fit the bill, probably around '94 or '95. High-mileage examples are reasonably priced and I have no worries about the engine. I can fit new suspension bushes, engine mountings, etc. if need be before I hand it over to him.

What I am wondering about, though, is the auto transmission on a higher mileage car. I know they have a reputation for conking out roughly every 100K miles. However, is this specifically a problem on the 2.3T with its torque output right on the edge of what the transmission is specified to handle, or is it just that there is a little counter on the final drive that makes the tranny blow up when it has counted a certain number of turns?

Can I expect, on average, a 2.0 LPT auto transmission to last longer than a 2.3T auto transmission? If so, any estimate of average lifespan?

If it were for myself, I'd be looking for a manual...
 

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Look for ones with smooth auto shifts, no jerks at engagement and CLEAR RED oil in tranny, chances are it will last....avoid ones with jerky engagements and discoloured tranny oil (brown)! On purchase of likely candidate, change tranny oil & filter and do another oil change after a few days running.
 

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I bought my '95 2.0CSE LPT Auto at 87k and it had just had a new 'box under warranty. I guess it must have gone at about 80k.

Now I'm on 162k and it still seems good (touch wood!) and gets regular ATF changes.

Out of the 3 auto cars I drive, I consider the Saab's autobox to be the best. I think its the strong torque converter lock-up that I like.

Cheers
Gadgeteer.

P.s. You dont want to buy mine do you
 

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 Look for ones with smooth auto shifts, no jerks at engagement and CLEAR RED oil in tranny, chances are it will last....avoid ones with jerky engagements and discoloured tranny oil (brown)! On purchase of likely candidate, change tranny oil & filter and do another oil change after a few days running.[/b]
Thanks, I'll follow that advice to the letter.

You dont want to buy mine do you [Wink][/b]
I'm open to all suggestions at the moment.
 

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Check auto box level with selector in Park or Neutral.

Oil should be at running temp, as dipstick gives two levels, one at 40C and the other at 80C. After a 5-10 minute run 40C is the normal level.

In my experience, and with feedback from a number of Saab specialists, newer autoboxes should be good for 200,000, especially on a 2L ECO.
A Saab main dealer quoted me 150k though.

Definately important to change auto box oil at regular intervals - so check history. Normal drain plu will only enable some 3/4 of oil to be drained though, unless you use a garage (such as an autobox specialist) with a flushing system, whereby they use some 12l of oil instead of the stad (8? from memory).
 
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