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Hi,

I wonder whether anyone can offer me some advice please?

I have a 51 plate Saab 9-3 Aero HOT which has nearly covered 90K and I was wondering how much more life is life is left in the Turbo. The car has had regular dealer services and has been running on fully synthetic oil since new.

I have also read some posts about the oil solidifying in the sump - is this something I should worry about as the car has been run on FS oil since new?

Any help or advice offered will be appreciated,

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Karl
 

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To be honest, I'd have it dropped for peace of mind. I am surprised your turbo has lasted so long! I think it's a Mitsu one so that might be the reason - the LPT and FPTs use Garrett. Mine was replaced at 48k - 2001 LPT.
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I have just done the strainer clean along with fitting the latest PCV kit. If you jump over to "Saab Central" and look in the NG /9-3 workshop for "oil strainer clean" you will see the pictures and that should answer the question regarding "if" you should do the job.

I only posted the info today so it should be near the top of the list.

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Hmmm that looks bad for 55k. Great advert for sump drop Kenny! We always hear how it's generally an lpt and fpt problem but there you go Karl - it's worth doing.

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Al,
That was exactly my point of showing these pictures, if a lower milage car with a verified history can have these issues then it must be effecting most of the T7 models.

I am just happy that it is done now and with the PCV update fitted i can put it to the back of my mind at least fo the next 3 years then it is onto a 9-5 Aero as the family are getting bigger and with a 3 door car going anywhere as a family is becoming a PITA.

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Thanks both.

I have spoken to the dealer this morning who want £300+ to clean the sump and the strainer! It's booked in for a service on Monday and they have said that they will check the oil that comes out to see if there re any signs of oil solidification. I think I will still get the sump and strainer cleaned, just for piece of mind.

Can anyone suggest and/or recommend a Saab specialist in the Midlands?

I was also looking at 95's recently and I found a cracking saab website called http://www.aerosaab.co.uk who seem to sell good, clean Saabs. May be worth a look.
 
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