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thoughts on letting go?

Posted by Matt [Email] (more from Matt) on Fri, 26 Apr 2019 14:26:48 Share Post by Email
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Hello forum members. I thought I would write a post about my situation and see if there is any advice or wisdom out there to be had.
Saab devotee for 25+ years. Proud owner of a 98 CSE with manual transmission. Favorite car by far. Had three classic 900's before that which I also adored.
My 9000 still goes down the road strong as ever, but has now a list of repairs needed that I'm thinking is just too long to justify for my budget. Some of the repairs include new heater core, brake work, new exhaust needed, possible cv boot /axle repair on right front, gas tank strap, new front engine seal, and I was told shocks should be replaced etc. So I'm assuming $3-4000 worth or work. The body and interior are in great shape, and the problems seem to be mostly undercarriage related- thats where the surface rust is and things needing work.
I knew the day would eventually come when it would be the tipping point and trying to grapple with that now. Wondering what others have experienced as far as when you have decided to say goodbye and let a car go instead of continuing to put money in. Seems like a hard call -especially when its a irreplaceable car like this 9000.
Also on that note- what have any of you found to be a decent car to replace it with? The performance, 5 speed, hatchback and great cargo space are the attributes I would most want to continue to have. Not too many other cars have that... anyway thanks for any thoughts or advice you guys might have and happy to continue to be part of the Saab community even if I have to live without one!

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