Engine Saab D308L

The 3.0-liter diesel engine Saab D308L or 3.0 TiD was produced from 2001 to 2005 and was installed only on the top modifications of the first generation 9-5 model before restyling. In fact, this is an Isuzu 6DE1 diesel engine, which was installed on Opel as Y30DT or on Renault as P9X 701.

Saab diesel engines: D207E, D207L, D207R, D223L, D308L.


Production years 2001-2005
Displacement, cc 2958
Fuel system Common Rail
Power output, hp 177
Torque output, Nm 350
Cylinder block aluminum V6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 87.5
Piston stroke, mm 82
Compression ratio 18.0
Features intercooler
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging Garrett GT2559V
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 7.5
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Saab 9-5 2002)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Saab 9-5 I (YS3E) in 2001 – 2005.

Disadvantages of the Saab D308L engine

  • This engine is very afraid of overheating, so keep an eye on its cooling system;
  • From overheating, the cylinder head leads here, it breaks through the gaskets and antifreeze leaks appear;
  • And the coolant often leaks through the heat exchanger of the EGR system;
  • Quite often there are synchronization errors due to glitches in the camshaft sensors;
  • Also here the mass air flow sensor fails, the exhaust manifold burns out, the geometry of the turbine wedges.

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