Engine Saab B204i

The 2.0-liter Saab B204i engine was produced at the concern’s enterprise from 1994 to 2000 and was installed on almost all the company’s models of its time, such as the 900, 9000 and 9-3. This is a simple atmospheric engine for basic modifications of the already listed cars.

2.0-liter H-series engines: B204E, B204i, B204L, B205E.


Production years 1994-2000
Displacement, cc 1985
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 130
Torque output, Nm 177
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 90
Piston stroke, mm 78
Compression ratio 10.0
Features Bosch Motronic
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.0
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2/3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Saab 900 1996)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Saab 900 II (NG) in 1994 – 1998;
  • Saab 9000 I in 1994 – 1996;
  • Saab 9-3 I (YS3D) in 1998 – 2000.

Disadvantages of the Saab B204i engine

  • This is a reliable naturally aspirated engine and breakdowns happen at high mileage;
  • The main problems are associated with balance shafts, often simply remove them;
  • After 200,000 km, the timing chain is often extended, it rattles but does not jump;
  • A lot of trouble deliver hoses and pipes that fall apart over time;
  • The weak points of the engine also include the oil pump, short-lived wiring and the mass air flow sensor.

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