Head Gasket Failure on Saab 9-3

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.

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Average mileage: 119,693 (75,200–191,654)
Engines affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo
4 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
11 people reported this problem
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1999 Saab 9-3 - 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo 75,200 mi,
Currently investigating to find out if head gasket is the issue or a cracked head.
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.
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.
2000 Saab 9-3 - 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo 99,000 mi,
White simple coming from car tailpipe and from understand the hood
1999 Saab 9-3 - 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo 191,654 mi,
Blown headgasket change headgaket
2001 Saab 9-3 - 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.