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#181 OFFLINE   Kiltox

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:47 PM

Disappointed with the lack of "it broke down I wish it was a Goona" content
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 08:28 PM

Just found the V5 slip for this! Did you receive a new V5? I can't remember if I did it online or simply forgot to post the front bit off...
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#183 OFFLINE   Hooli

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 09:55 PM

Yeah I got one, I think you said you did it online to avoid paying any more tax.


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 05:31 PM

It's now incontinent. It's widdling on the floor while parked, probably in complaint at not being used now I'm taking the bike to work. I guess the leaky water pump has had enough, I'll have to change it sooner than planned.



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Posted 05 April 2017 - 07:03 PM

When you said the water pump had started leaking, I did wonder if it'd start leaking really bad at some point. Your Saab's previous owner to me had a Saab 9-5 Aero that started leaking and as the car was a Friday job (he spent over 6k in repairs in 2yrs ownership!), it was the final straw for him. Apparently it was so bad when he chopped it in at WBAC, he had to park it around the corner, fill the coolant tank up and hope they didn't test drive it!

He then bought a newer 9-5 for his wife and ordered a new BMW for her. When that BMW arrived he then used the newer 9-5 and hence sold this one.

I don't think it's a big* job to change the water pump on these. Driven by the aux belt, as chain driven. Check the aux belt type though as they did different lengths depending on the age. Older cars had an extra pulley while newer ditched it. Might be worth throwing a new tensioner on it while you at it. Might just fix the belt squealing on startup!
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 06:37 PM

How is the old bus getting along nowadays? Is it's water pump still incontinent?
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:08 PM

Quick update.

 

Not very much to report at all. I keep topping the oil n water up & it keeps going like a proper car should. I've done nearly 5k in it now.

Other than that, I've sourced a matching alloy so that'll go on next friday when I get front tyres fitted. Going to spoil it & get the aircon regassed too.

 

Still not fixed the gearbox...


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:18 PM

I did the water pump on mine a few weeks back, wasn't too bad a job. That and the oil pressure switch replacement took a combined 4 hours, 3 of which were swearing at it!

A week later the clutch went :(
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#189 OFFLINE   Hooli

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:26 AM

I checked this morning, when I said nearly 5k it turns out to be 5,006 before I left the house this morning. Showing an average of 28.6mpg over that time too.


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Posted 26 May 2017 - 11:32 AM

I doubled the cost of this car earlier today. Took it in for two tyres & aircon regass, £176 so near as damnit the same as the car.

 

Drives much nicer now, got a free part worn thrown in for the spare, they don't sell them as such but Simon keeps nice ones for loyal customers. The aircon works great too, it's been a long time since I've sat in a car & felt cold in this weather! sheer luxury!

 

Gearbox wise, it seems to be improving on it's own. I do wonder if it was dirt in the control unit, not wear & it's gradually washing it's way out.


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Posted 26 May 2017 - 01:26 PM

Its an auto-adaptive gearbox, so maybe the gearbox ecu is learning how to shift better. Or possibly as you have the aircon on, so the radiator fan is on all the time and thus keeping the ATF cooler. Does it still thump at all when its hot?
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Posted 26 May 2017 - 01:29 PM

Also possibly that the solenoids were gummed up with the old fluid and the new fluid has allowed them to slowly wipe/clear off the stickiness on them?

Good to hear the old girl is still running. One of my shite car regrets is not changing that valve body over. But that is easy to say in 25C weather - very different from when it was -2C out.
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Posted 26 May 2017 - 03:28 PM

It's still slow to shift when hot, but it's not thumped lately. But then I don't often sit in traffic to suffer it, I potter up the motorway for three junctions each way. It still thumps into drive when I get home & park up, but I think it's improving.

 

I still think changing the solenoid pack to one that's been cleaned out is a good idea, but what with needing to buy a house etc currently I'm not doing it. Maybe it'll fix itself before I get around to it? Fingers crossed eh?


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Posted 26 May 2017 - 06:10 PM

Good also to know it's possible to carry on driving around with it in this state for a good while. So if happens to buy a car with a buggered AW55 box like this you can get some use out of it. Makes it a proper roulette though, as because it only happens when hot and a good drive, a seller could quite easily hide the fault. Which iirc is what happened to someone on here.
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Posted 26 May 2017 - 09:49 PM

Mmm mine stunts from 1st to 2nd sometimes, and holds the gears a bit until I ease off the throttle a tad, not enough to change the speed, just enough to make the box drop...

Ill pick your brains at shitefest, ill need you to point at stuff for me so I know what your on about!

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Posted 26 May 2017 - 09:50 PM

Stunts?
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Posted 26 May 2017 - 11:15 PM

Sorry, shunts. I never type it, my phone thought it knew better...

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Posted 27 May 2017 - 11:38 AM

Mine's current habit when hot is not shifting down when I stop, normally it does after a second or two. But now & then I go for a gap & find it's stuck in 3rd...



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Posted 27 May 2017 - 07:31 PM

Just been out in it again.

 

I'm sure the MPG will improve with the new tyres, it's rolling so much easier I'm miss judging where to lift off to slow enough, as it's just rolling on & not slowing now!



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 08:37 PM

Small update...

 

After shitefest the hot weather has proved the box hasn't fixed itself, it still bangs when hot. However it's never found neturals or stuck in third since I topped it up with fluid, so it's good enough not to bother me in everyday use.

 

Other than that, it's doing 2mpg more on the new front tyres. Even better as the air con as worked since they were fitted so maybe they saved more? Got almost 29mpg out of the last tank which seems pretty good for such a big auto petrol turbot to me.


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 09:47 PM

Aircon on modern cars tend not to sap much fuel. I can't remember if it's these or the 9-3, but one of them had a variable displacement pump so it could vary how much it engages to save fuel. Plus being climate control, it will only engage the compressor when it's hot enough inside rather than constantly run it.

It's a real shame the box does bang, as apart from that (and a few rattles) it's a very solid car. I know this is the thing that upset and annoyed me the most about it. But then I'd been worth far more than £180 if it didn't have that troublesome box. Well it probably was worth more, just I sold it cheap on here so I didn't get some eBay/Gumtree fuckwit wining about it a week after.

These cars have such a very chunky, solid feeling. Almost indestructible like.

It's made me very tempted to change the Laguna to a 9-5 Aero until I can find a new style 9-5 with the engine I want. I massively regret not buying the facelift Aero I saw just before Christmas that went for a pitiful £600. It's only real fault was the HID lights not working - almost always the ballast.
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Posted 11 June 2017 - 09:55 PM

Plus being climate control, it will only engage the compressor when it's hot enough inside rather than constantly run it.

 

 

 

According to the book it always runs above 5c to dry the air before heating to the chosen temp.

 

Either way it's a good car & one day I'll fix the banging.



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 10:26 PM

Yeah, below 5C they generally never run as it's too cold for the condenser to condense.
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