So... a Sonett III. I presently have two of them on the road.
You have to realize that these are 40 year old cars. That means that stuff goes wrong all the time and requires time and skills to keep them going. Or a decent mechanic that is familiar with them and won't charge you an arm and a leg. I'm not trying to discourage you- just give you a true picture of what it takes to own one of these and keep it on the road. It really has to be a hobby that you enjoy. It's not a Honda Civic! I've got quite a few parts I've amassed, know the cars pretty well, and enjoy working on them...but even I get frustrated from time to time.
One other problem is that given the age, these cars have been passed through quite a few hands by now, with each pair adding their maintenance fingerprints. Most common to botch is the wiring. I can't BEGIN to tell you what rat's nests I've found under the dash or with the front lights. The same goes for nearly any part of the car. What short cuts have been taken over the years to keep the old girl running? Look this one over and see what you've got on your hands- engine (check the balance shaft bearing and compression), transmission (check for noise in 2nd and if the freewheel works), rust, fiberglass cracks, etc etc.
So I love my VSaab's (I have 2 96's as well) and after sorting, think nothing of driving them on long trips (with a trunk full of spares)and use them for daily drivers. Again, they're not Civics- stuff goes wrong frequently given their age. Be realistic!
eric in vermont
PS- I've had my '73 (nicknamed "the Beast") for nearly 25 years now and have passed it on to my teenage son.
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