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Bought my first Saab in January ( L Reg -9000 CSE 2.0 LPT) and have been ever since.

But.......(there is always a but)..The car has now reached the 141,000m mark and I am having power problems. There seems to be no ooommph on the motorway when wishing to overtake (even dropping to 3rd has no effect. The car had major service 7K ago by a local garage and has been fine until last week. Any ideas??

If it helps - the car also occasionally "jumps" when pulling away from first - as if the clutch was slipping.(its a manual gearbox) - would that cause any problems??

I must admit I'm not that technical with cars so apologies for any incorrect terminology.

Any help appreciated

thanks

Matt
 

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Hi Matt,

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The most likely suspect would be the DI cartridge, (the red rectangle on the top of your engine).
It seems to be a common fault.
If you use the 'search' function on the top of the webpage and input 'DI' you will be able to read it all for yourself.
Replacement is easy enough and costs around £150.

Hope it helps, I'm sure someone else with a bit more experience will be around soon to help a bit more.

cheers

wayne
 

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The sudden lack of ooomph on my 2.0lpt was down to the wastegate rod linkage rusting away so the turbo was dumping all the time rather than boosting the engine.

It was pretty easy to get repaired at the local garage.

Steve
 

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Welcome to Saabscene

I'd check the turbo wastegate rod hasn't become disconnected. When the engine is cold, reach down to the right of the turbo unit and you'll find the cylindrical wastegate actuator. Attached to this is the rod. If there is side to side movement in the rod then the 'R' clip has dropped off. This effectively returns the car to normally aspirated status as the wastegate is permanently open. There are photo's here on BillJ's sit (linked at the bottom of the page) which show the wastegate linkage much better than I could describe it.

If the 'R' clip has come off it's easy to fix with a new clip or bent split pin: 5 mins under the car.
 

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Hio Matt and welcome to Saabscene

The other thing you should check is that if the garage wasn't a Saab specialist, they fitted the correct plugs- NGK BCPR7ES-11. Any others and you could be having problems now with your DI cassette.
 

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Thanks for all the advice. I checked underneath and there is definitely excessive side to side movement with the wastegate rod.

The car is in the garage tomorrow to have the air con sorted out (leaking condensor ) so I will ask the mechanic to check the rod as well - will let you know if there is an improvement.
 
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