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.
Car Problem Reports
Saab 9-3 Head Gasket Failure
Saab 9-3 Problem
Engine Affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo
Average Mileage: 114,900 mi (75,200 mi - 139,500 mi)
Visitor, 1999 Saab 9-3, 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.
Currently investigating to find out if head gasket is the issue or a cracked head.
Visitor, 1999 Saab 9-3, 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.