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Re: New user looking for buying advice

Sorry to hear of your misfortune with your SAAB

I think I'm correct in saying that an 09 diesel engine will have a DPF (Diesel Particle Filter) in the exhaust, all diesel cars have these now.
These are prone to clogging up and causing a lot of problems if the car is only used for short start stop sort of journeys.

Vehicles fitted with DPF's need to have a regular longish run at cruising speed to let the filter regenerate, even if this is done they sometimes still cause problems and are expensive to replace.
Have a search on Google about them.

Not sure what oil & filter service intervals the latest DCi's have but to look after the engine ignore any long service intervals and change the oil & filter a lot sooner than they tell you. (every 9k or sooner)

The 2.0 DCi has a timing chain (instead of a belt) which needs no servicing so that will save on servicing costs unless it has problems.

The reviews I have seen on the new laguna seem quite good, but none of that means much unless you like and feel comfortable in the car.


Please take the time to enter your vehicle details in the "What's current in your garage?" box.

To do this:
Hover over the "TOOLS" tab at the top of the page
> then in the dropdown click on "User Dashboard"
> click on "Edit Your Details" at the top Left hand side.
> scroll down to the "What's current in your garage?" box and enter your vehicle details.
> Once the details are entered scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Save Changes"

> Done.
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