Engine Saab B204L

The Saab B204L 2.0-liter turbo engine was produced at the concern’s factory from 1993 to 1999 and was installed in the second generation of the 900, as well as the 9-3 in its very first year of production. This 0.73 bar supercharged turbo engine was the average power in its line of units.

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


Production years 1993-1999
Displacement, cc 1985
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 185
Torque output, Nm 263 (in the version with automatic transmission, the torque is limited to 230 Nm)
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 90
Piston stroke, mm 78
Compression ratio 9.2
Features Trionic 5
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging Garrett TB25
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.0 (together with an oil change in the cooler, 5.4 liters are needed)
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2/3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Saab 900 1997)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~290 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Saab 900 II (NG) in 1993 – 1998;
  • Saab 9-3 I (YS3D) in 1998 – 1999.

Disadvantages of the Saab B204L engine

  • The unit is very reliable, and the breakdowns described below occur at high mileage;
  • The block of balancers delivers the most trouble and the owners simply remove it;
  • Infrequent replacement of spark plugs reduces the life of the ignition cassette;
  • By 250,000 km, you may encounter oil pump wear or timing chain stretching;
  • Cases of engine failure due to unscrewing of connecting rod caps were recorded.

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