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Hi Bill. Tinworm is the bigger enemy ....
Posted by Noel [Email] (#876) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Noel) on Wed, 30 May 2018 07:07:52

In Reply to: Re: Head gasket time approaches...., Bill Homer, Tue, 29 May 2018 14:22:42
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The rear shock mounts will need attention this fall before they get bad. But on this car the RR spring mount is what is getting pretty sad. That may not get through another NE winter.

My indy knows my skill level and says I should be able to do the HG but cautions me that at 237K miles and 22 years I will likely need to do timing chain, tensioner, chain guides, sprockets, etc. The head has never been off this car. You can't tell the other stuff till you get in there, but whatever it may need, it just keeps adding costs that I'm trying to balance against getting maybe another year or two out of the car. In my indy's opinion, the spring mount is more of a deal breaker than the HG.

I also looked at the engine swap, found a few engines, too, but given the rust issues an engine swap is not much better, and good engines aren't cheap.

It would be a different story if I didn't have another car to use. But with my younger daughter living in NZ, I have a '99 9-3 that doesn't need much (hooter valve, radio, VC gasket). I don't like the 9-3, but won't have to spend much money on it and at 188K it has a few more years left in it than the 9K. The 9-3's AC compressor is toast, but I have a new one on the shelf. Have a radio and VC gasket, too. I did the exhaust, engine mounts, front suspension and a few other things in the past 10,000 miles when my daughter had the car. It's a boring 9-3 with an automatic, but it works. It'd be OK for a couple years 'til I take over my wife's 9-5 wagon.

It's hard to give up on the 9K after 14.5 years and a lot of miles, and if rust wasn't an issue I would do the HG work, but I'm trying to be practical and unemotional. I may see about donating the car and selling a bunch of 9K parts that are taking up space in the garage.

This is still frustrating, and there are other things to spend the money on.

_______________________________________ Noel 1996 9000 CSE 5 speed (daily driver) 2003 9-5 Linear SportWagon (wife's) 1999 9-3 SE auto (younger daughter's) 2000 9-3 SE 5 speed (elder daughter's) 1984 C900 4 door Base model (RIP) 1995 9000 CS (sold) 1996 9000 CS (RIP)

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