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Burning oil i have a saab 95 econ thats eleven years old. when i pull away from the drive in the mornings it puff's out white/blue smoke till i put my foot down and blow it out, after thet it's not a problem. some day's it's worse then other's mainly if it's got oil in it. if i go over half way on the dip stick marker then it poors out more smoke then normal. i know the colour of the smoke means it's burning oil and the more smoke the more oil it has burned, thats y i have to leave it so low. the car is not using water and it not the head gasket. i just wounder would anyone know what the problem is with it and would it be worth fixing on such an old car

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I believe what you have going on with the car is your Valve seals have gotten brittle and have cracked. now the reason it smokes on startup is because when you shut it off. the oil is bypassing the valve seals and is collectiing in your combustion area. this is very normal with older cars. or cars with high milage. and as far as the price factor goes it is hard for me to tell you if it is worth fixing or not. because you will be looking at taking the heads off and puting in new head gaskets. but i have a 1976 dodge pickup and i replaced my seals because that was the only problem with it. now all i can tell you is take the car into a shop and get a compression test done to the motor this will give you an idea if the motor is worth it or not. if the compression is up to par i would replace the seals if this was my car.

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