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I have a Saab 9-3 and it overheated so I took it to the mechanic, he fixed the head gasket, i got it back for one day and it was rough as guts & kept on stalling, so i took it back he said it was something to do with the neutral inhibitor switch. Nearly $2,000 later it was still running rough and not starting at times and when it does start i have to warm it up for atleast 10 minutes, the mechanic says that it will run rough for a week before the the computer will readjust itself, then it should come good, but then it just died & wouldn't start at all.. Nearly 3 months later The Mechanic still has my car & doesn't have a clue what is wrong with it. Could it be something to do with the head gasket? maybe he didn't put it back together? I previously had a problem with it not starting but I just leave it for 5 minutes & it starts.

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    Jeff Turcotte Nov 14, 2010

    if he didn't adjust the valves right you could have compression issues. I would have him check compression.

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My guess would be that the valve timing is off. Did he machine the heads at a machine shop? Have the valves checked/done? New head gasket? New head bolts? What year is it? It sounds like you may have 2 different issues with the starting and it running rough...however, does it smooth out after you let it warm up? Is there an engine light on in the car? What are the codes?

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