Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2000 12:45:28 GMT
From: "Keith Grider" <bettynopsamam.columbus.rr.com>
Subject: Re: 1987 Saab SPG


"Erik Gertsen" <gundamnopsameeris.net> wrote in message news:sre2s478ljn169nopsam.supernews.com... > Hi was perusing the local paper and saw this, 1987 saab SPG, 160k miles, > decent condition (assumed to mean door dings, minor dents and some fading > paint, key scratches and wear and tear) $2100.00. yes im asking for some > advice here, anything on the car i should look out for? are they worth extra > money? and what did the SPG option consist of? all answers are welcome. > > Erik Erik, Look for oil around the turbo hoses. The seals in turbos wear and leak over time. Also, look for a puff of smoke when the throttle is released, this may point to a bad turbo. Also, if boost is adjusted correctly, the boost needle should go to the divider between the orange and the red areas and hang there. It may move slightly into the red at certain conditions. This assumes BIG oil company premium fuel as the APC will drop boost to accommodate lower quality fuel. Look for saggy front transmission mount. This will be a difficult shifting car and will have a noticeable vibration at idle. Brake vibration indicates new rotors are needed. Exhaust noises. If you are handy and have a set of tools, most of these can be handled rather cheaply. Look and read the saabsite faqs, the saabnet faqs and some of the townsend documents to get a primer. Keep in mind you are buying a $30,000 dollar car for 2k. By this I mean if it has not been maintained in the past few years (likely), you will be having to replace the stuff that wears out ant it may not be cheap. I just got a 1989 base model 900 that didn't run for $200.00. $1600.00 later, I have a daily driver. I am not complaining here, but it needed a complete exhaust, ball joints, shock bushings, fuel pump, headliner, water pump, front main seal, clutch, front transmission mount, brakes, A/C repair, and rotors all around (have not replaced yet). In addition to these normal things, the SPG has a turbo which can cost 300-500 dollars for the part. If it was treated well (oil changes and not BEAT), the turbo may be fine, but you should keep this in mind. Actually, if it were for sale here in Columbus, I might be interested if it had a straight rust free body. Good Luck, Keith Grider

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