Date: Sun, 23 Nov 1997 00:46:28 -0600
From: RMH Colleague <>
Subject: 87 900 Automatic Transmission Advice

I have an 87 Saab 900 8 valve with an automatic transmission and about 90k miles on the clock. The transmission became reluctant to engage when cold about a month ago. The problem was especially evident in reverse, and/or after the engine idled in gear for a short time. The transmission would slip (like the clutch was partially disengaged on a manual transmission) until the car either warmed up or moved a short distance. Once warmed or driven a block or so, the transmission functioned normally. My wife was driving on the interstate yesterday when the problem evidenced itself at highway speed, and she was left stranded. The car was towed to a local shop, where it is currently. I am looking for input on the nature of the problem and what to do about it. Obviously the transmission has failed, but what specifically is wrong with it? Can it be economically repaired and, if so, what must be done and what is a fair price? If economical repair is not feasable, what is a fair price for an exchange transmission? Can anyone recommend a good shop in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for this type of work? Although the care really has been a maintenance hog, I do enjoy driving it and it is otherwise in great shape. Any advice would be appreciated.

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