Date: 31 Oct 1997 22:27:01 GMT
From: "Magnus Rydell" <>
Subject: Re: What to look for in a used Saab

> Apart from the usual stuff you mentioned check following: Gearbox Put in rewerse gear and do a couple of take offs. If the rewerse gear jumps out you will soon need to replace rewerse gear (pretty expensive...). Heatervalve The heatervalve has often problem with the sealing. It is positioned behind the radio. Leaking coolant will end upp in front off gas pedal (LHD). Check on floor for signs. Once the valv is replaced it should be ok. Ask previous owner or check for recipt. Head gasket Do a cold start, does the engine fire on four cylinder instantly?! If not it could be a sign of bad head gasket or even cracks in the head (turbo engine). Also listen after a boubbeling sound in the heater system. It is air that is trapped in the heat exhanger. If any doubts take the car to a work shop and let them meassure the amount of CO in the coolant. Otherwise it is bulletproof... good luck! /Magnus

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