: 100,000 miles Report



t4evs
12-30-11, 02:45 PM
I have just reached the the 100,000 miles and thought I would post the history of repairs. It is a BLS 1.9td SE auto, 57 plate. Overall the car has been a great car to own. Driving is comfortable and economical. I get about 42 mpg.

I bought the car in Sept 2008 with 20,000 miles on the clock. I get it serviced every 18,000 miles by my local garage - usually buy the parts off ebay and the garage fits them, typical service costs are between 120 and 150. MoT's have been no problem. Tyres last about 25k on the front and 45k on the back.

Repairs have included:

- Brake pads to front and rear @ 50k
- EGR valve @ 55k (200)
- Another EGR valve, sensor and diesel particulate filter at 65k (1500 and not happy about that one as I had to be recovered from the motorway and taken to the Cadillac dealer in Birmingham)
- Alternator @ 80k (400)
- Battery @ 85k (65)
- Occasional bulbs etc.

I am pleased with the car's reliability and because all the parts I have needed so far are common to other GM cars they have been easy and cheap to source.

Tong
12-31-11, 04:04 AM
Good to hear a positive story .. thanks t4 .. I hope that it gives you plenty more miles!

ExRPO1
01-03-12, 04:57 AM
- EGR valve @ 55k (200)
- Another EGR valve, sensor and diesel particulate filter at 65k (1500 and not happy about that one as I had to be recovered from the motorway and taken to the Cadillac dealer in Birmingham)

I am pleased with the car's reliability and because all the parts I have needed so far are common to other GM cars they have been easy and cheap to source.

Just to let you guys know, there is a fantastic guide on how to service your own EGR valve on 'tinternet. Just search for, How-To Fix the EGR Valve on an 1.9JTD. I believe it is fully applicable to our own diesel application as the engine used appears to be the same. I'm mechanically confident enough to do the job and the instructions are so clear and easy. There is also a youtube guide (in French) which shows you how to remove the valve without losing any gaskets. Well worth doing the job yourself if you are confident. Incidentally, you can pick up a new genuine SAAB 9-3 EGR valve on the well known auction site for about 100 quid including postage just in case you need a spare! As always with anything like this, it is your own responsibility to check part numbers etc. If you ain't sure, get someone else to do it for you. In all cases, if you are still under warranty, probably best to leave alone until the warranty runs out.

Billyfarny
09-16-12, 10:37 AM
At what mileage did you change the Cambelt.?.
Did you change the water pump and tensioner at the same time.?.

My 1.9 JTD is coming up to 40,000 miles, but it is over 4 years old. (2008).
I bought it second hand, and didn,t get a service book with the paperwork, although it does have proof of service record.

t4evs
09-18-12, 09:22 AM
Billyfarny - should have included that in my original report.

I replaced the belt, tensioners and water pump at 70,000 miles and 3 years old. Cost was about 300.

I would play safe and replace on a 4 year old car - very expensive if you don't.

ALso, since my report I have had to spend 500 on the aircon to replace the condenser.

ExRPO1
09-21-12, 09:40 AM
I reckon 70k would be the upper end of the limit for replacing the cambelt/tensioners and waterpump.

After my last service last month, I again asked the question about my own vehicle, now 4 1/2 years old with only 23k on the clock. Mine was the time related question about whether as the car is over 4 years old, should I play safe and get the cambelt/waterpump etc replaced anyway, despite the low miles.

MK said they spoke to Cadillac who advised 4 years from the date I bought the car, irrespective of the fact that it was already 2 years old when I bought it as a 'new car' and that they would support that view. Of course, I'm left with the dilemma that my car will be out of warranty come this November and sure as beans is beans, I doubt Cadillac would support me if the cambelt went shortly after even with such low miles. After all, it would be out of warranty.

So, I'm still umming and ahhing over whether I should let my local Alfa specialist replace the cambelt/waterpump in the next twelve months. I only do about 8k miles a year. I reckon it'll take me at least another 18 months/2 years or so to hit 40k, and the Alfa guy recommended I don't go past 40k without changing the belt. Not only that, the coolant will be due for changing next year anyway in May when the car is 5 years old, so maybe I should just bite the bullet and get it done then.

Looking at some of the costs of other parts, alternator, starter motor etc, well they seem to have come down in price. I constantly keep my eye on stuff on ebay. Brake parts, clearly not a problem, Vauxhall dealer provides those cheaper than Cadillac or Saab. No longer worried at all about front coil springs, I'll just have 9-3 springs fitted if they snap. Battery, I'll buy original GM branded from my local Vauxhall dealer, hardly any difference in price in buying from other battery shops. I believe track rod ends, wish bones, wheel bearings, are all interchangeable with either the Vectra or Saab.

Anyway, first MOT due in November. Feeling confident! Having it tested at my local Council Depot, they provide MOT testing without the burden of having to carry out any work if they fail the car and of course, they won't 'recommend' where you have any work done if they fail it! Getting it done a month before it's due, so if it fails on a warranty issue, I'll present it to Cadillac.