I received his in via email yesterday and found it quite fascinating.
Fransisc has a 9-5 Aero that recently encountered some difficulties. I’m quite fond of the 9-5 Aero, especially after my weekend spent in one a year or so ago. it really was an eye opener and a brilliant car. Fransisc’s car looks exactly like the one I tested, so I was intrigued enough to post his story here and see if anyone’s got some suggestions in relation to the questions he’s asked.
I know I don’t.
I’m a proud owner of an 2003 9-5 AERO. It’s a pre-owned car. I bought this car when it was at about 100.000km, with maintenance at the dealer and a full service history. The first owner really liked the car and took care of it. I like it very much as well, how it stands on the road and cornering, and every button inside, and the seats, everything, especially how it goes… this is the best thing.
But, 3 weeks ago I went on a business trip and accumulated about 1,400km of good and new road and took 3 days. On the way back home after refueling (OMV 100) on the highway in a overtaking moment at a speed of about 120km/h I felt like I lost the power and the car stops pulling – no suspicious noise no anything out of the ordinary.
I still had some power to overtake that car and then I stopped. I opened the bonnet to look around and I saw nothing. I started the car and it starts normally with no error message. I start very slow it gains speed but really really slow, and I travel like this 70km/h about 50km to the dealer shop. When I arrived I look again under the bonnet to see if is anything wrong but again nothing to see.
I checked the oil and it was gone… not a single drop on the stick.
What was wrong? The turbocharger broke (with no noise or a warning light) and the oil evacuated on the exhaust system so that I couldn’t see it, so I travel 50km with no oil in the engine (that doesn’t make any suspicious sound all the time) and finally the engine is broken.
My questions for the manufacturer are:
1. How is it possible that at only 110.000km the turbocharger is broken with an warning message on a car with a lots of electronics and computers.
2. How is it possible the oil light not to come on when it was no oil in the engine and also the SID nothing to say again computers and electronics. I think that the oil sensor have to measure the pressure and the quantity of the oil. At the dealer they check the sensor and it was OK.
I don’t want anything other than just to know how is this possible? At the beginning I love that car and now I’m very disappointed.
P.S. This was may first turbocharger failure and I didn’t know what the symptoms should be.
PS – the car is OK now, it works fine after an 5000Euro bill
It is quite intriguing.
Surely there should have been some sort of warning light come on in the car when it completely lost pressure like that.
I know we have a few techie types that hang around here. If you’ve got any advice or suggestions, I know Fransisc would love to hear them. Is there anything in the warning system that should be checked, for instance.
The car’s fixed now, but it’d be nice to know that if something needs attention, that the warning system would alert him to this.
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