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Hi,

Noticed that the rear left tyre on my CSE Anniversary 2.0 lpt seems to have worn off quite a bit. I think I might need to change it soon with my MOT approaching early next month. Any suggestion on what tyre I should look at, how much I should budget? I am not looking at a enthusiast level tyre. I need something that is good for an average driver. The current rear tyres are both Vredestein Sportracs.

Also I noticed a leak on the top of my engine where a pipe connects.. sorry being an absolute novice about cars.. I do not know what it is called. So I have picked a under bonnet photo of a 9000 from the net and marked with red the point where the leak is. Can anyone give any suggestions on what I should do, how serious the problem might be.

Link to photo...

TIA,
Neel.
 

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Regarding tyres, I currently have Goodyear Eagle F1's. Pirelli P6000's aren't too bad for non-enthusiastic driving, but Gislaved Speed 506's are very good. All are about £75 each inc Fitting.

Regarding the vaccuum leak, I had the same thing on my car. As your's is a lpt, you don't have high levels of boost and you don't have a boost guage. On my full pressure turbo, I noticed a drop in boost, both in performance and on the guage. Have you noticed and reduction in performance?

You can replace the hose for about £5-6 from most garages.

Toby Field (UK)
'93 9000 CSE 2.3T Auto
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If you're looking for a decent tyre for the average driver, consider Nokian NRH2. They're directional tyres, and are quite grippy. Apparently they wear well, but I'll be the judge - just fitted a set of 4 to my 9K CSE. Although the local Saab specialist reckon they'll do 20K miles easily. Oh, and they're QUIET too. I had my set of 4 done for £200 all in.

Simon
'96 9000 CSE 2.3 LPT Manual
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Originally posted by Toby Field:
[qb]Regarding tyres, I currently have Goodyear Eagle F1's. Pirelli P6000's aren't too bad for non-enthusiastic driving, but Gislaved Speed 506's are very good. All are about £75 each inc Fitting.
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I had P6000s on my old 9000, but this one came with Gislaved. I've not noticed any difference in grip, but the Gislaved seem much noisier. I'll be switching to something else when these wear out....
 

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Took my 9000 2.0t Ecopower Anniversary to a garage over the weekend. The guy whom I showed it to runs the garage and has worked at a Saab dealership in the past. Was recommended by a friend of a friend who has owned Saabs for a while and she said he was very good. This was the first time I took the car to a garage since I bought it about 5 months back.

On the leak he said that it was nothing major and suggested not to bother much about it. Further he raised the car and had a look below the front and showed me a slight leak of the power steering fluid and said it was because of a bad pipe and he said changing it could cost about £100 just for the pipe. But he went on to say it wasn't worth spending the money as the leak was very minor. The guy did not charge me anything for the 20 mins or so he spent with the car. He also said that the car would have no problem with going through MOT which I have to go for in a week's time.

Now while I am satisfied that he is not trying to rip me off (otherwise novice that I am, which I am sure he realised, he would have tried to get me into changing the parts etc.), I would like to make sure that these are OK to leave for the moment and attend to later if they get bad.

Would appreciate any advice.

TIA,
Neeleem.
 
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