Date: 30 Sep 2002 21:08:59 GMT From: davehinznopsamcop.net Subject: Re: Saab 900 turbo ??
Someone who looks an awful lot like rd2mdnes <dino.yacovonenopsamzon.net> wrote: > I'm not familiar with Saabs but I always wanted to own one. I have an > opportunity to purchase a 1989, 900 turbo ( standard ) for $2500 - high > milage. The ownwer of this car says the dash board lights do not work but > everything else is fine. Brake lights , headlights, interrior lights , etc. > I'm assuming he checked the fuses first. Is this a major problem?. What > other concerns should I be aware of with this year saab?. What are the pros > and cons. Well, the 1989 has the upgraded pinion bearings, so that shouldn't be a concern. When you say "high milage", how high are we talking? If it's less than about 200K miles, there's not much to worry about as long as the current owner has been playing nice & doing oil changes and such. Things to listen for - turbo whine should be minimal to absent. Boost should go up to the red zone on the turbo gage, (this varies a lot - it's not always the same from car to car), but if it only limps into the orange, then it's under-boosting which could be a minor problem, or a major one. check the usual stuff - lights, various electricals, that sort of thing. Dash lights are a bit of a pain to get to, before trying to get there check the rheostat (if they're *all* out), and fuses as you mentioned. I recently parted with an '88 900T with 247K miles on it, lots of little problems, and the dealer gave me 1400 for it as a trade-in, so $2500 doesn't seem too out of line for a price. If it's in good shape and isn't making any alarming engine-compartment noises, and has been well-treated, I'd say go for it. Hope this helps - if you have more specific questions, there's a lot of knowledgeable folks here who have answers. Dave Hinz --