Date: Wed, 07 Oct 1998 16:50:41 -0700
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamnet>
Subject: Re: Saab 900s needs new transmission - opinions? wrote: > > I have a 1988 Saab 900s that needs a new transmission. The car is in decent shape with a new > clutch, brakes and other new parts except for the power steering mechanism which leaks a bit. > The car has 120,000 miles on it and I am told by a number of local shops that the engines last > for 200,000 or so and that the transmission is the weakest part of the car. I went through all > this in 1975 with a 1968 96. I ended up junking the 96. Anyone have any opinions on fixing the > transmission for $1800 or just scraping the whole thing as it is currently our third car. > Opinions anyone? Please reply to > > Thanks for the help and opinions! Your mechanic is right - 200k on a Saab 16v engine is nothing. I've got four of them right now - two with 190k and two with about 215k - and these are all turbocharged. If you like the car, and everything else is good, I'd consider replacing the tranny... you've got hundreds of thousands of miles left of it. You'll never get the money back out of the car, but there is something intrinsically good about the car - it's quick, pleasant to drive, and very safe. That is worth something right there. -Justin

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