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Re: $4750 for an '81 Turbo hatchback? 1 Members Like This Post!
Posted by James (more from James) on Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:54:14

In Reply to: Re: $4750 for an '81 Turbo hatchback?, StoicBlue87 [Profile/Gallery] , Wed, 13 Mar 2019 07:57:57
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Interesting you should say that, I checked out the car yesterday, it's being sold out of the lot of Walter Wong's shop. They are going to do an inspection for me this weekend.

There don't seem to be any records to verify the mileage. The woman selling the car didn't speak English so I had a little difficulty understanding its history. She drove up in a 9-5 wagon so I can only assume she enjoys Saabs.

The engine bay was pretty dirty, only the thermostat housing looked like it had been replaced recently. They had pulled the distributor to test something on another 8v turbo on the lot, and had to reattach it to get it running for me. It sounded a little shaky and they had to adjust the timing for a while to get a relatively smooth idle.

The interior was pretty clean. No smells or rust, just some unfortunate aftermarket audio stuff I would get rid of.

The car was fun to drive, although a couple of times it lost power when getting pushed in 2nd gear. I don't know if this was a clutch issue or something to do with fueling. Steering and suspension seemed solid for the limited testing I could do during rush hour. It did not feel fast. I could see the boost needle moving but I couldn't really feel a surge of boost. I may just be unfamiliar with older turbos, or maybe it needs work.

Exterior paint looked great, the chrome and plastics were pretty rough. The trunk floor lid (covering the spare tire area) was plywood with carpeting. The area with the spare was pretty grimy but didn't look rusty. It was covered with a kind of blackish coating that was quite cracked. The frame members I could see in this area seemed legit.

Overall it was fun, I loved the cockpit and the driving dynamics. Not sure I want to spend $4800 if I'm going to potentially need to spend some money on the engine bay. This would be a fun little project, not necessarily an investment, although I'd probably avoid any mods that would restrict its resale value. I would probably swap the wheels as one of Walter's mechanics informed me the tires for those are expensive. I'd be interested in getting into an SPG but my dad had a couple of 99s when I was a kid and the early 900s seem like a good mix of the two generations.

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