Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 20:40:43 -0400
From: "crash70" <crash70nopsam.net>
Subject: Re: Saab 900 1985


RL, Hate to tell you bro, but thats not a really good year for a 900; the wiring in the engine compartment turns to wax, shorts out, and causes all kinds of problems. BUT, you can buy new wiring harnesses to fix it. The other problem is the dreaded 900 transmission whine. If the car has 100k or so, and the tranny makes noise, TAKE IT OUT NOW AND REBUILD IT!! If the whine in the trans is ignored, it will self-destruct, and cost more than the entire car is worth to fix. When a 900 trans goes bad, 99% of the time it's too trashed to fix. (unless you feel like buying dealer parts that cost a FORTUNE) You gotta nip it in the bud with the trans. Other than that, 900's are prettymuch bulletproof. Good luck! crash70 RL wrote in message <372666aenopsam.nni.com>... >Hello, >I am 16yrs old, in the market for a used car. I initially had my eyes on >BMWs and other stylish mid 80s vehicles. Then a 1985 Saab 900 (non turbo) >caught my eye. > >I looked at it this evening, it was getting dark so I used a flashlight to >aid me in looking it over. All and all its in great shape (some sun fading >of paint here and there, NO rust!, engine looks good, back panel (cardboard) >is cracked so it sags in. but all and all, good). > >He is asking $1900 but conceded he'll negotiate. > >The A/C is broken -- so I'm not even going to worry about it. www.kbb.com >says its worth $1700 and change w/o A/C, so I'm going to offer him $1500 and >won't go above $1700. > >Anything I need to know about this car? '85s good models? Any cautions, >warnings, praises, etc. about this model/year? > >Any help would be great!, >Thanks, >Rick > >

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