Just quickly perusing the news services and saw this article on oil sludging.
As many of you know, the early 9-5s and 9-3 Viggens were both prone to sludging issues if not maintained correctly. Anyone who’s considering the purchase of one of these models should have the car checked over quite thoroughly, even to the point of removing the sump for a visual inspection.
Saab do have some coverage for thsi problem, and the article I’ve just been reading covers the various makes with sludging issues and the recourse available to owners of said makes.
But here’s one thing I didn’t know…..
A lack of adequate oil changes is the explanation for damage given by Audi, Lexus, Saab, Toyota and VW. Yet unlike Chrysler and Dodge, those automakers have formal compensation programs for sludge damage, although in some cases consumers must provide detailed service records — and in the case of Saab, must have used oil filters sold only by the company.
My emphasis added.
I knew about the need for regular services and keeping a record thereof, but I didn’t know about the need for OEM oil filters only. What happens if your dealer didn’t have one in stock and you really needed the car that day?
That may be far-fetched, but still….
It’s almost as conditional as the current million mile offer.