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Date: 12 Aug 1997 04:20:35 GMT
From: gs985nopsamcom (Gs985)
Subject: Re: Used Saab

> I am currently interested in an 87 Saab 900 I just recently sold an '87 SAAB 900 with nearly 200k miles on it. Certainly a fine automobile with a few qwerky problems though.. .>1. The Speedometer and other instruments are not back lit at night. If you remove the front/left speaker grille, you will find easy access to the back of the speedometer and dash lights.. Check for loose bulbs.. I expiereced the same problems that a little giggling solved in 5 minutes. >2. After driving the car for about 30 minutes of kinda hard use...(.never >above 4000 rpm) I noticed a smell that smelled like burning oil...then I >went home parked in the garage and opened the hood...defiant odor which to >me smelled liked burning oil. If you have reason to believe that this car is "using" oil, first consider its age, mileage, and price.. Also is it really significant.. .Is it burning a quart a day, or a few drops here and there. If it is a bargain, and it's not using a heck of a lot of oil, what's the harm in adding a bit once in a while.. Just be sure and change the oil and filter every 3,000... >After about 30 minutes of sitting I moved >it back and looked under the car this is what I noticed: > -It looked like drip or two of oil on the floor > -Engine appered to be still warm > -It looked like a water type fluid coming from near the front > right wheel > -the bottom of the engine appeared to have oil (i think?) around Well a drop or two of oil isn't too serious.. But are you sure it's oil.. It could be Power Steering fluid, which could be a leaky hose, or a rack&pinion.. That's something to check into. As far as the water goes, I know Saab's have many drainage points along the cars undercarrage to get rid of water within the body.. Check to see if there is a small drainage hose where this water is leaking... >3. When Starting the car cold it idles at a very low paceand almost conks >out then comes back alive but sometimes conks out when I try to go Typical..... Many Saabs need some simply adjustments to its fuel mixture, and fuel pressure.. A simple adjustment from someone who is expierenced will take 10 minutes, and save you a lot of grief with cold starts. This problem seems to occur more during warmer weather rather than the cold winters we have here in NY. Depending on the age and mileage of this car, it might be perfectly OK with a few little minor problems... It's probably nothing big, and if you buy it, just take care of it, and it will take care of you.. This is speaking from expierence.. I own an '87 9000S with 230,000 miles, on the original drive train, and my car runs like it just came off of the boat... Good Luck! -Jason

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