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Date: Wed, 03 Sep 1997 01:43:11 GMT
From: (PM)
Subject: Re: How long do these things last!?

Yup, he is right. I got 1983, 900 with 408 000 mi. Just put in second clutch... Cheers, Petr On 30 Aug 1997 02:29:39 GMT, "T & R Loveitt" <> wrote: >Matt, >unless it's been driven dry of coolant (or with a stuck thermostat) or dry >of oil (or never changed) or beat on before it's up to full operating >temperature (often), the answer is "it'll last until a month before you >have enough money to replace the timing chain". Seriously, the engine is a >very short stroke design. Large pistons traveling a short distance. The >engine is literally 1/2 of an old V8. Thata why it's slanted like that. >Every thing is way heaveier than your typical 2 liter 4cyl econobox engine. > Keep it cool with good clean oil (Mobil 1 twice a year is a good option to >Reddi-lube every 3-4000 mi.) it'll out last the body. Re. the gutless >performance. Short stroke engines rely on rpm to make power. It's just >physics. Wanna go? Foot to the floor and wind 'er up! Shifting up at >4200-4500 rpm is not abusive and puts you above 3000 in your next gear. >SAABs under 3000 rpm are pathetic. Thats why god made turbos. The max >piston speed of a SAAB engine at 4000 rpm is like a typical Japanese 2 >liter engine at detonation. >woof > > >matt zelonka <> wrote in article ><5u54r4$>... >> >> Got a 1987 900... How long do the 8v engines last!?? >> >

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