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I have 90/91 White H reg 2.3 ltr Turbo (Carlsson) that has done 205,500 miles and I would like to know if it is worth getting the engine re built and if so who would do it at roughly what cost. I love my SAAB and don't want to part with it. Everything else is still sound on it. Can anyone help me please??? Are there still replacement engines out there also? [email protected]
 

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There was a 40 k aero engine being offered by two stroke I believe some months ago..
However all 2.3 engines beit lpt/fpt/aero are the same mechanically so any will replace what you have
I went down the re-build route on my aero @135k..
cost me around 1200 for the engine bits (I got the gearbox done as well) the total bill was 4 k
but there was a few go-faster mod as well
this was done at abbott and I have no quibbles with the service I got from them
Two stroke and neo bros both do engine fitting services and I guess will be cheaper (comment billj ??)

you pays your money...

I am saving up for my next re-build @ 260 K !!
 

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John SAAB in Boscombe, Bournemouth will be able to help, phone number 07967 907948 or 01202423806. John looked after my 900 t16 for a number of years and now maintains my 9000, I have been pleased with all the work he has carried out and recommend him to anyone with a 99/900/9000. He has a stock of 2nd hand parts and seems particularly partial to Carlsons at the moment.

and no he didn't may me to post this
 

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Originally posted by ylee coyote:
[qb]However all 2.3 engines beit lpt/fpt/aero are the same mechanically so any will replace what you have
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Qualification- they're all the same as long as they're from the same model year. The design of the 2.3 changed slightly in 94.

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Welcome to the board Nicola

I know what you mean about the Carly - I've missed mine every day since getting rid of it. I'd definately consider spending some money if the rest of the car is sound - these are excellent underrated (even in Saab circles) cars...
 

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Oops! Forgot to comment on the rebuild vs replacement.

It's a toughie. The problem with replacement engines is that although they may come with 6 months warranty, you don't know their history and how well they have been looked after. However, you do have a fixed cost.

Against that you could have your engine rebuilt. Depending on the condition, I would say you're going to need at least:

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In the hands of a trusted specialist, this can be a good way to go, albeit at the risk of being more expensive that a replacement. I'd guess you would be looking at a minimum of £1000. But you would be certain of what you're getting. In my book your own engine rebuilt would be worth a premium of say 15-20% over a replacement.
Perhaps your cost-friendly compromise is to find a garage who will take the old engine out and strip it down to provide a report on what needs replacing, and you can set a cost cap based on what you would have to pay for a replacement.

Good luck!

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Originally posted by ylee coyote:
[qb]Two stroke and neo bros both do engine fitting services and I guess will be cheaper (comment billj ??)[/qb][/b]
Both Neo Bros. and Two-Stroke wanted £1000 for an Aero engine. At the time, I didn't realise that the Aero engine was the same as all other 2.3T engines, and I could have had a different 2.3T engine for less, I think.

Two-Stroke wanted £500 for fitting. Neo Bros. did it for £250. A clutch kit cost £135 and they didn't charge extra for fitting it as they would have been transferring my old clutch to the new engine anyway.

I did find a couple of small things needing attention after Neo Bros. had been at it, including the fact that they put ATF in the power steering (they say they always do that). My engine mountings failed shortly afterwards, which I'm surprised they couldn't give me warning of, having had them apart.

If Two-Stroke do a more thorough job, it might be worth the extra money. Having said that, I'd know what things to check if I went to Neo Bros. again.

All those prices were exclusive of VAT, so add 17.5%. I'd be pretty sure that a 2.3T engine could be had for less than I paid for mine.
 

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I suppose, chaps, that it's a question of how badly totalled the engine is? I assume from the way Nicola's talking that the cars a runner but is lacking performance or is losing oil/coolant? So I'm probably wrong, a rebuild would probably be the cheaper option.

In the end, it's a question of relative cost innit.
 

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or.......

Fully loaded 1995 Griffen 2.3T with 71k miles and full SSH. Sold for £1700 at auction(would have bought it myself if I did not already have one)

With all those miles on your car other gremlins may be lurking. I would seriously think about buying a good low mileage replacement SAAB car instead.

The Griffen pumps out a mighty 200BHP and lot's of torque, so no worries about major performance losses vs the Carlsson.
 
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