1997 Saab 900 SE 2.0L Turbo Question

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So a buddy of mine from Montana is a groomsman in my wedding this June. He has to drive from MT to Iowa which will total about 1800 miles one-way and will quickly add to his already accumulated 93,000 mile total. I told him I would change the oil in his Saab for him since that is a lot of driving to do. I had planned on using a Napa Gold or PureOne for the filter. I'm just going back and forth on the oil to use. I have 5w30 Pennzoil Platinum and Mobil 1 in my storage closet at home. Both meet some of the toughest turbo specs. Which would you all choose? I was leaning to the Mobil 1 since it has a slightly higher HT/HS viscosity. What do you all think? Also, I've been looking for some listing on the sump capacity, but I can't find it. My guess is that 5 qts would fill it, but I wanted to be sure. Thanks in advance!
 
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I would use Pennzoil Platinum since he has a substantial commute. What I have noticed is that the higher the HTHS the worse the gas mileage and since he'll be doing a lot of highway miles it is easy on the oil and you dont necessarily need a higher HTHS oil.
 
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Back when I was more into Saabs, I seem to recall many of the indy techs preferring higher vis /thicker oils for the motors. It was more about protecting bearings than anything else. I think a lot of those guys liked M1 15W-50 or similar. They didn't like anything thinner than a 10W-30. I had great performance using GC in my former 9-5 (not the same motor, I know) so I'd be reluctant to use either of the oils you have on hand. Instead, I'd grab some M1 0W-40, 15W-50, or some GC and do it that way. If I can find something about oil from Tom Townsend (uncontested Supreme GuruMaster of Saabs), I'll post the link.
 
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So a buddy of mine from Montana is a groomsman in my wedding this June. He has to drive from MT to Iowa which will total about 1800 miles one-way and will quickly add to his already accumulated 93,000 mile total. I told him I would change the oil in his Saab for him since that is a lot of driving to do. Please, forget the OIL in his engine. You are getting married !!!, Dang...whats more important? his OIL or your new wife? He's a grown man let him take care of it.....for now, at least
 

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Thanks for all the help guys. Right now I have all 5w30 on hand which is what the shop he goes to in MT uses during the winter, but I was thinking about 10w30 since it will be summer. He had mentioned 5w30 though. As far as doing it for him, I figure it is the least I can do since he is driving all the way out to Central Iowa to meet us before things get going and I drive to Eastern Iowa. He's also a graduate student and doesn't have a lot of money either. Advance Auto has a Pennzoil Platinum and M1 special now for $25, so it would be a small amount of money on my part, and only a little bit of time.
 
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Yeah, that Pennz Platinum + M1 filter deal for $24.99 would be nice. Use their 10W-30 in it and it should be fine. Nice of you to take care of your buddy like that.
 
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Mobil1 0w40 is what we use for SAABs at my dealership. I wouldn't recommend anything too light, those engines don't like it at all. On my 900, I used a Bosch filter.
 
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 Originally Posted By: Nyquist
Thanks KLowDX9 for the insight. How easy is the filter to get to in this application?
Very easy. I used to change the oil on my SAAB 900S by pulling the front two wheels to the edge of my driveway where it sloped down. A pair of medium sized channel locks was more than sufficient to get the old filter off. It is right at the front. The drain plug is a 13 or 14 mm. It's been almost two years since I had mine, so I don't remember exactly.
 
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 Originally Posted By: KLowD9x
Mobil1 0w40 is what we use for SAABs at my dealership. I wouldn't recommend anything too light, those engines don't like it at all. On my 900, I used a Bosch filter.
Supports what I've heard from other Saab experts. Thanks for the input.
 
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A member on here (Eiron) has gotten great results running a M1 0W-40/15W-50 mix in hi NA 1990 Saab for 20k OCI's. On a turbo, I also wouldn't go lower than a high 30-weight. I'd be using M1 0W-40, or GC 0W-30.
 

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Thank you all for your responses. I had a free minute and talked to a Saab dealership in Des Moines, Iowa this morning. He said that either a modern 5w30 or 5w40 with good turbo specs would work. I asked about PP 5w30, and the guy said it should work but to be sure to stick with a full synthetic.
 
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