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Hi there, I am new here but have been watching threads for a few months.
18 months ago I transferred from being an Audi man to appreciating Saab. It has been a good time but incredibly expensive.

My problem is that I have a 95 9000 2.0lpt auto that I love but am faced with a bit of a problem. there are no specialists that I know of near here (west of Ireland) and I return tothe dealer all the time for everyhting.

The timing chain is noising and the engine has lost a lot of smoothness and I have been told it will cost about €1200 for the chain, tensioner and pulleys. I just want to know is this a fair price - I contacted other dealers around the country and got a quote of €400, two of €1000 and one of €2500. The coolant is beginning to leak, about 1/2 litre every 600 miles and I have done about 45,000 miles in 18 months adn the car has 106k on it. Replacing the gasket can be done at the same time as the other job for little more.
Is this a fair price, I love the car and have no problem spending it if this is the best course.

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DaveJ
 

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Go to eurocarparts.com they have all the parts mostly originals at a lot lower cost. best of luck
That is if you want to do it yourself. I had mine replaced when it broke. the cost was £400 +£100 for replacement valves. However beware my people
decided not to follow the rules and used sealant for the oil pump. after about 1000 miles I lost all oil pressure. the sealant had jammed the oil relief valve open. cost me new oil pump gears. All for a £2.00 "o" ring.
 

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Welcome to Saabscene, DaveJ.

It may be rather too far, but I do know of a couple of specialists in N. Ireland, although I haven't used either yet (my own '96 9000 2.0LPT auto lives just south of Belfast with my dad).

They are:

Ivan Wilson, Coleraine (used to be a Saab dealer, now independent): +44 1265 44045

Hightrees Service Centre, Donaghadee: +44 28 9188 3022


Hightrees has been recommended to me by a couple of people, but Ivan Wilson may be closer to you, depending on where in the West you are. If they can save you a reasonable amount, then it may be worth the trip, assuming they can sort you out a loan car or maybe even do the job in a day.

How many miles are on the engine? It may well be that the pulleys don't need to be changed, so that would make the job cheaper with just the chain and tensioner. I'd be fairly sure the dealer that quoted €400 wouldn't have been supplying new pulleys at that price. At a wild guess, the head gasket job is probably a few hundred quid's worth (€500?), but as you say, that should make the timing chain work cheaper if it's done at the same time, as some of the dismantling is common to both tasks.

My dad loves his 9000 auto too. I don't think he'd part with it for the world...
 

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As Bill says, if the pulleys are OK, you could get away with a split-link chain, which is basically just fed in from above with minimal dismantling. I've seen prices of less than £200 for that.

The full chain-plus-pulleys job is more complex and so more expensive.

In view of your coolant loss, I'd budget for the cylinder head to be skimmed, too.
 

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HI EVERYONE,
Just taken the plunge & prized the wallet open (beware the moths!!) have got problems with a slight seep, off the head of green goo just above the gearbox (least its got anti-freeze in it) head gasket has to be done. As they've mentioned to do the chains as well, a timing chain kit was brought from GSF for £90.00 (chain,guides etc + genuine sprockets).This was 93' CSE with 143k on it,but as far as i can gather the chian sliders are the only diferent parts from a 94> car.
BTW do we balancer enginge dudes HAVE to change the balancer parts at the same time? MORE expence
 
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