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RIP 9000

1990 2.3 CDS 130K went bang on the A40 last night. Had the AA recover it back home. It's decision time... what should I do with it? Interior is immaculate, SAAB replaced the gearbox under safeguard 30K ago. Only symptom is the oil light and a horrific noise if I attempt to start it.

Is it worth getting a replacement engine or should I sell it to someone so that they can 'scrap' it?

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Paying for a recon engine or secondhand engine to be fitted will probably cost more than the value of the car
Plenty of 9000 out there for cheap money, but who is to say they will not be a problem
Guess you should get some quotes and take it from there
 

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I was looking at either the Howe Engineering or Two Stroke to Turbo website recently (forget which) and they had an 'conversion' section, where they take your old 9000, and fit all the running gear and interior from a much later 9000.

It wasn't cheap for the full-on conversion, but if it was just an engine swap, it may not be too bad. Might be worth investigating if the car is otherwise a good 'un.
 

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If it costs you £1000 to get a replacement engine put in it means that for £1000 you'll have a great car again that you know and love and one that's got an "almost new gearbox". How much would you have to spend to get something better that has a reasonable guarantee of reliability? £5k minimum I'd say. Go on, get it fixed.
 

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yep, the oil light came on and there was just enough time to bring the car to a controlled stop.

when the light came on a few months ago, the at the local saab dealer changed the oil and mumbled something about lifters but also attached a huge estime for 'exploratory' work.

car has been running fine daily since then without a whimper till now.

i'm veering towards not getting it repaired. still have the 900 T16S to
about in...
 

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well its your relief valve that is stuck and as you stopped srraight away you might get away without damage.try resetting the valve and see what happens when you start the car.it will be noisy for a few seconds until oil gets to top of engine.
 

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I would look at the rest of the car in context, you mention the interior is fine, how about the exterior? If you thought the car was just fine or you have had the usual problems fixed so that the worst was over then I would go with fixing the car up as you'll end up with a car that's hopefully what you want.
However if you were already fed up with the ever growing list of problems then perhaps this is the final straw, only you can decide.

I would prefer go to a decent specialist for a car of this age, but then I've got a good relationship with one just a few miles from my location - try Bourne Motors 01323 727011 for some advice if you go down the replacement engine route.

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Thanks for all your responses guys... I'll try and look for the oil relief valve over the weekend and report back.

I took a look at the other postings re: the valve but am unclear exactly where to look... does it require dismantling anything to get to it?

If it's not the valve then it may well be goodbye...
 

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you will need to remove drivers side wheelarch liner to get access to the oil pump.on the right hand side of the pump there is a nut,17mm i think,remove this and the spring behind it.in the hole you will see a silver sleeve.take it out and check the surface for scratches or marks,if it is marked you can try to remove with cutting paste but better to replace.now this is important.... when replacing sleeve it must go fully in ie.the spring goes nearly all the way into apperture with only a little resistance to the nut.tighten nut and start car,if it is still noisy after 20 or thirty seconds then you may have other problems.this same thing happened to me,the valve i mean and i got away with it .good luck, zep.
 
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