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Posted by Brandon K [Email] (#2382) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Brandon K) on Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:42:36 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Building/Restoring bad ass 900T, Step 1 wheels & Tires., Steven Mitchem, Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:47:47
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I was thinking of contacting Scanwest, but your post is the clincher. Glad to know they are still building those trans and utilizing their rally experience doing so. If I have time, I will call them tomorrow. I can have them do the motor at the same time.

I have been hesitant to take it to the shop I had been using. The motor started to loss compression within 200 miles of getting a new head gasket from the dealer. I took it back to them and said it was not running right and they said they could not find anything wrong with it. They told me to keep driving it and when it got worse to bring it back in for them to inspect it. 2000 miles later, it was running noticeably worse. They checked it out and said 2 of the cylinders had low compression and that it probably needed a rebuild. They tested the oil and said that it was positive for coolant in it. I spect it just blew the fresh head gasket they installed...I had asked them to use my copper head gasket that I got from Swedish Dynamics, but they said that they preferred to use the standard gasket and that they have seen plenty of modified 900 run the stock gasket without issue. Based on their statement that if was the fastest 900 they had ever seen and gushed over its performance, they had never driven a fully moded 900.

They basically said that if I wanted it repaired that it is my problem and that I would need to pay them to do so. At that point I was so pissed that I gave the car to my friend and told him to have fun driving it into the ground. The car at this point was starting to look a bit haggard anyway and I was looking at putting $10k into restoring it to where I would be satisfied with the interior & exterior.

After turning over the car to my friend, I went out and bought a 996 Carrera 4. Honestly the Saab was just as fast before loosing compression and had a hell of a lot more torque and was just as much fun...yes the Carrera could take corners significantly faster, but the Saab was more predictable at the limit. In addition I bet with 17” wheels and super high performance tires the Saab would have been almost able to keep pace.

Now I have the funds to do the restoration and complete the performance mods. I hate feeling like I am leaving things unfinished.

The Scanwest recommendation is much appreciated!

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