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Saab 9-3 Head Gasket Failure

Saab 9-3 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Engines Affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo

Average Mileage: 120,309 mi (75,200 mi - 191,654 mi)


The head gasket can fail causing the coolant and oil to mix in the engine, and external oil leaks around the cylinder head and block. Symptoms can include overheating, white smoke from the tailpipe at start-up or acceleration, and the visible presence of oil in the coolant expansion tank.

  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 139,500 mi

    Noticed oil leak on garage floor. Fill coolant light also was coming on often. My oil change guy said there was water mixing with oil.

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  • katelynn72, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 75,200 mi

    Currently investigating to find out if head gasket is the issue or a cracked head.

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 130,000 mi

    oil mixing in with collant. Collant resivor not holding pressure and leaking out. Have not fixed yet, assuming new head gasket or junk.

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  • Visitor, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 99,000 mi

    White simple coming from car tailpipe and from understand the hood

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 86,500 mi

    Head gasket leak leaving fluid on the driveway--passenger side of the engine. Whitish smoke from exhaust pipe at startup. Head gasket repairs = $1200.

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 191,654 mi

    Blown headgasket change headgaket

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