View Full Version : Turbo rebuild?

12-07-2011, 09:52 AM
This would be a non-bmw related post. I put away my e36 roughly 2 months ago, and i took my winter beater out (2001 saab 93). The car was driving perfectly up until last night. I turned off my car after a long drive home from work. I didnt let the car sit at idle like i usually do to let the oil in the turbo cool down a bit. So i turned it on this morning on my way to work and my entire car was covered in smoke. I called a few places and talked to a friend of mine and he said the turbo seals are gone. The turbo makes a whinning noise almost like a supercharger. Ive been searching for a new turbo and all the places are asking a rediculous amount of money for a turbo. I was hoping maybe someone couldd point me in the dirrection of a shop that will rebuild my current turbo. Ive been told its not to expencive of a job.

Any reccomandations would be great!


12-07-2011, 10:44 AM
no one selling a used stock turbo on any saab forums? thatll be cheaper than a rebuild

12-07-2011, 11:00 AM
^^^ this... only problem is you might get one that could have the same problems very soon, it's luck of the draw.

A proper rebuild will probably be around $600, and even then it's iffy to say it will be 100%

12-07-2011, 11:18 AM

Owner is Herman, one of the best ones, his rate is very reasonable for his work as he stands behind it.

12-07-2011, 11:30 AM
Ive tried searching all junkyards, forums and saab specialists and they all tell me to check kijiji. Im hearing alot of guys buy these turbos to slap on their civics. So its hard to come across them. There are 2 turbos for my make and model( high pressure and low). My turbo is a low pressure one. And all ive found was high pressure ones. Ive heard rebuilds go from 300-500. Id prefer to spend as little as possible as i only drive this car half the year. I will check cherry turbos and see what they have to say. Thanks! Any other reccomendations would be great.


12-07-2011, 11:38 AM
no one is buying that turbo to put on their civic. LMAO
whoever told you that doesnt have a clue.

have you tried car-part.com


12-07-2011, 11:14 PM
Also you're saying lots of smoke and screeching noises, it could be your turbo is totally fubar'd and might need more then just a basic seal kit and rebuild just FYI.

Cheery turbo is just the same as any other rebuilder... they have their good and bad days... You have been warned!

12-08-2011, 07:31 AM
Im hoping i dont need a replacement turbo, i have been driving this embarresment all week so i wouldnt be surprized if it is fubar'd. Car runs and drives just fine just starting it up. I dont even think twice about getting onto any hwys, so driving all the way out to st tomas might be out of the question. Know of any turbo rebuilders here in the gta?

12-08-2011, 10:59 AM
screeching is never a good thing...

maybe this guy may know where hidden saab parts are?


why not put the "high pressure" turbo on your car?
just swap the wastegates.

you can ask here too


12-08-2011, 11:19 AM
Strange about the Saab's. My friend's mom has a 9-5 Turbo, low mileage too, I believe 150 now, and she had to have the turbo replaced last year at like 140. Couldn't believe it. My T5 has 315K on an original, but then again, maintenance and proper turbo "ettiquette" probably has a lot to do with it.
I would spend some time on the Saab boards, you will get the best info there, even if you order a turbo from the states, it might still be cheaper.


12-08-2011, 12:58 PM
Thanks sir and m5 lover. The car has 98000kms and im surprized that this problem has come up so early. The car was my mothers daily. She really had no idea how to maintain a car, so im stuck with all the greif. The car was sitting for 8 months, so im not too surprized.

Ill check up on those saab forums.
Thanks again!

12-08-2011, 03:15 PM
not sure what Oil you or your mom used in the car, but in turbo cars it's usually always a good idea to run 100% Synthetic oil...

That said, it's just luck of the draw sometimes when it comes to failure and also installation location. On some cars it's just not as good for the turbo as others.

12-08-2011, 04:59 PM
Check eBay from time to time, you might find something...


12-13-2011, 05:20 AM

same t25 turbo

12-13-2011, 09:40 AM
Thx ill call them today