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Running reports: our Vector returns to the road

Added: April 19th 2009
Our 9-5 Vector returns to the road
2002 SAAB 9-5 Vector 2.3 automatic saloon 110,000 miles
Date to service: 18/04/2009

The 9-5 Vector 2.3 automatic

We acquired the Vector as a project with a blown engine some time ago but now, it has just passed an MOT test and we've taxed it for road use.

Requiring just a wiper blade and the front side marker light bulbs changing (blue bulbs were fitted by the previous keeper), all looks good. There are no oil or water leaks and the engine that we scratch built from spares sounds suitably quiet, having been treated to a machine checked and polished std crankshaft, honed cylinder block, new piston rings, oil pump, timing chains, gears and guides, seals and much else beside. The full story is in the archived running reports.

The car needs a good polish and the interior needs the leather seat facings cleaning and treating with hide food. In 70 miles running, just two annoyances have been uncovered: the radio/CD/cassette unit appears to have no output whatever which is unfortunate because the budget tyres fitted at present are quite noisy on the road. We will probably change the wheels and tyres at a later date. There is a boot spoiler in the den in the correct shade of midnight mica metallic which may find its way onto the car too.

Issues to resolve:
Time/date information on the SID is incorrect (see procedures)
No output from the audio system (see procedures)
Time for Service message displayed on the SID (see procedures)
Noisy tyres!









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