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Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 13:55:13 -0500
From: Chris Ault <caultnopsamna.com>
Subject: Re: 100,003 and counting ('90 Saab 900)


Ditto the comments on just getting it broken in. After being stranded one time too many (once) I now make it a rule to replace the voltage regulator at 100k miles, whether it needs it or not. $50 part. 10-minute job. *NOT* being stuck battery-dead on a highway late at night while pulling a boat: priceless. -chris (once the computer gets less than about 8 volts, everything shuts down... real fast) Richard McBride wrote: > > Yes, you are worrying over nothing. > My 1990 900T16 has just rolled over 208,000 miles, (original engine, > gearbox, and just about everything else except tyres, shockers and a few > bits and pieces), and is still a pleasure to drive! It cruises happily well > above the legal limit here ;-), and still provides fantastic mid-range > torque for overtaking. > Things to take care of in my opinion are: > > * regular oil and filter changes, using the best oil you can afford > * regular check-ups by somebody who knows Saabs really well (not necessarily > a Saab dealer, by the way...) > * listen out for any changes in engine note or gearbox noise, and get it > checked/fixed as quickly as possible > * (in UK or anywhere else where salt is used in winter) - keep an eye out > for rust, especially wheel-arches, doors, boot (trunk) > * don't use full boost until the car is well warmed up > * avoid using full power in 1st and 2nd gears > * avoid frequent short trips, (less than 5 miles or so), especially in > winter > * after a high-speed cruise, let the turbo cool down before switching off - > not as vital with the water-cooled types on later cars, but still a good > idea > * get a Bentley manual, and find out how it all works! > > Your 40 miles of high-speed highway driving are just what classic 900's like > best! So enjoy the next 100,000 miles! > > Richard McBride > Haslemere > England > > <davehinznopsamcop.net> wrote in message > news:aqeq9s$99cd7$3nopsam34476.news.dfncis.de... > > Someone who looks an awful lot like dmk <dumbnopsam.comm> wrote: > > > Hey all, > > > My beloved '90 Saab 900 (that I bought new) has 100,003 thousand miles. > > > My concern is, I've got a punishing 40 minute highway drive to and > > > from work each day and am really racking up the miles. I've had a few > > > things replaced here and there, but am wondering: At this mileage and > > > hard driving, what major repair should I be on the lookout for? Should > > > I move on to a newer "something" before the engine blows? Am I worrying > > > over nothing? > > > > When your mileage is double what it currently is, then you can start > > thinking about it being a "high mile Saab". As it is, you're just > starting > > to get it broken in. > > > > > I've had the water pump replaced and the heater exchange thing that > > > soaks your feet when it goes, the clutch master cyl., and have a slight > > > leak (external) in the head gasket (been leaking for years). > > > > > Advice from you high milers? > > > > You'll be fine. Take a look here: > > http://www.saabnet.com/tsn/faq/miles/All.html > > > > 100,000 miles is a great milestone...when you hit two or three times > > that, consider submitting your name & mileage to the above page. > > > > Dave Hinz > >

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