Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 15:37:39 -0000
From: davehinznopsamcop.net
Subject: Re: 1989 900S advice


Mike Deskevich <mikedeskevichnopsamo.com> pressed random keys until the following was produced: > "saab search" <saabnopsaming.com> wrote in message news:<3AyZa.15523$ih.6583nopsamread02>... >> I am thinking about picking up a 89 900s w/ 146k on it. Any advice or known >> problems? '89 is a good year, most of the known defects were fixed by then (wiring, tranny pinion bearing, harmonic balancer)... > according to my local saab garage > there are three major repairs that old saabs will need: Old? > 1 - clutch - well all cars need them i guess, but i'm still on the > original and it's in better shape than my subaru's clutch, just > amazing Yeah, once you do need to do it, it's easily a weekend job, an afternoon job is a reasonable expectation. Buy the clutch kit, you can do it yourself with mostly normal tools. > 2 - harmonic balancer - apparently as these things age they can slip > off the shaft and cut the oil pump, this is a bad thing. mine was > starting to wear so i had it replaced around 160,000 and everything's > been fine since. I think (yes?) that this is fixed by 1989, so it's not as much of a concern. > 3 - power steering rack - mine started to make some noise around > 170,000, all the saab garage had to do was change the fluid and all > was well. they say around 200,000 or so i'm going to need to replace > the rack, which will be costly. but i can't complain, i've only had > one some what major repair (harmonic balancer) all this time and the > car just won't die. Buy a rebuilt rather than a new one. Sounds odd, but the rebuilts have (or some have???) a brass sleeve in the critical wear area, which is what should have been there in the first place. Dave Hinz

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