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.
Head Gasket Failure on Saab 9-3
Average mileage: 119,693 (75,200–191,654)
Engines affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo
11 people reported this problem
6 people shared problem details
Currently investigating to find out if head gasket is the issue or a cracked head.
1999 Saab 9-3- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo139,500Visitor
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.
1999 Saab 9-3- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo130,000Visitor
oil mixing in with collant. Collant resivor not holding pressure and leaking out. Have not fixed yet, assuming new head gasket or junk.
2000 Saab 9-3- 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo99,000Visitor
White simple coming from car tailpipe and from understand the hood
2001 Saab 9-3- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo86,500Visitor
Head gasket leak leaving fluid on the driveway--passenger side of the engine. Whitish smoke from exhaust pipe at startup. Head gasket repairs = $1200.
1999 Saab 9-3- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo191,654Visitor
Blown headgasket change headgaket
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