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I've seen a 9000 2.3 Turbo (auto) on Ebay, which states engine problems as follows:

The car had been reliable up to a few months ago when, just after a service by an independent Saab specialist, the engine started overheating. This problem was solved by flushing out the engine (the mechanic’s written report states that the oil pump & pressure relief valve were checked and were OK). However, 2,366 miles later the car failed to start (for the first time ever in my ownership) because the sparking plugs were oiled up. After cleaning the plugs the car started/restarted without any problems but I have not used it for any long journeys since  [/b]
Is this run away screaming expensive, or would it just be a couple of hundred quid? (To fix the problem, not to get a re-con). Just wondering how bad it is likely to be, and if it would be worth persuing.
 

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Oily spark plugs are probably going to be as a result of worn piston rings, I'd steer well clear of that car Kev. I don't know how much it would cost to fit new rings, but I can't imagine that it would be a quick job, perhaps someone here has done that and can give a rough cost figure.
 

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walk away...

Absoloutley sounds like piston rings

to recon (not expensive in itself)taking the engine out is..about 20 hours in and out..
so you are looking at 600 min in labour and coupla hundred for recon plus new chains ,guides etc etc

end up over a grand (as new engine tho..)

Your old carly is going in for this after I get it back from the bodyworkers...
 

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s the Carly going in for new chains or for a recon engine?[/b]
both....

engine out and ctm'd like the aero but I will not be fitting the big valves (too expensive)
so lightened balanced polished and ported...
reassemble with new chains followers etc

then...

donno yet

could be a custom ecu ..Autronic looks favourite
or a 93 trionic ecu or that yank outfit di/apc upgrade
 
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