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Posted by Notnoel [Email] (#23) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Notnoel) on Tue, 9 Jan 2018 09:16:26

In Reply to: Possible 900 purchase, Mxfrank, Tue, 9 Jan 2018 08:59:05
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Until you get into deep kimchee, the Bentley manual (you can review it here online) will cover about 95% of anything you will ever need to know about keeping the car running. I am still blown away by how many people on the Facebook forums have never consulted one (and it really shows!).

Parts are fairly easy to get still, but there are some unicorns. Some of the aftermarket parts are terrible (e.g. heater valves, some axles) and you are better off rebuilding an OEM or simply buying used. For some parts, used is the only answer (e.g. the power brake booster on my 1988). You should also give some thought to what vintage Saab you buy (e.g. ABS brakes are nice, but its a complicated system that is getting pretty long in the tooth and parts can be hard to come by).

That being said, this forum is a fantastic resource with a lot of helpful folks and an awesome search feature. Right off the bat, you'll find a bunch of posts talking about what the pros and cons of the various year's features are in keeping the cars on the road. search "best year" or something like that.

Lastly, FleaBay is a great source for parts and rare stuff pops up frequently. I have a dedicated search that I run 2-3 times a day. When one of the unicorn parts pops up at a reasonable price, I snatch it and put it in my parts shed. You'll quickly get a feel for the market price of just about anything that way (for instance, I have about 3 back up Mitsubishi turbos that I got for $100-150 each - Ive actually had to stop myself from acquiring any more - it's a sickness).

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