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Sorry, here's better advice
Posted by southsaab [Email] (#2143) [Profile/Gallery] (more from southsaab) on Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:57:37

In Reply to: Looking at a 97 900TC, Steve Schwedland [Profile/Gallery] , Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:57:45
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Sorry I didn't give better advice before, but here's some things to look for on this car. Oil leaks, front crank seal/oil ring on RH side of engine; head gasket seeping oil, coolant; plug where distributor would be on valve cover (common leak); rear main seal, bottom LH engine/bell housing.

Since it's a vert, check the top condition for wear, and check operation. Crank it, and listen for noises. Check tire wear, and general suspension operation. Control arm ball joints known wear item, check boots. Check out SID unit operation (pixels, lighting), and ACC operation, too. Check seat functions.

I've owned 99s, C900s, 9-5, and can say this model, while quirky, is well built, better than 9-5 IMHO. Materials are better. Top operation is electric with tonneau. Mine works fine, but many say 9-3 hydraulic operation is better. This is a Tech2 car, which adds complexity when doing some DIY stuff.

I think it's a fine model, the B204 engine is better made than the 9-3 B205 (early models had the B204). I'm not a huge fan of Trionic, but the T-5 system for the turbos works well.

If you like the car, get it and have fun. I saved mine from neglect and possibly the crusher - can't beat that.

Jeez, I ended up writing an article...
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