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Date: Sun, 04 Jan 1998 12:20:06 -0800
From: cs thomas <csthomasnopsamdx.edu>
Subject: Re: I'm new to Saab...Advice?


D.rat wrote: > > Tomorrow I get my first Saab, a '86 900 turbo. I'm new to Saab's and > would like any info you can give me on the quirks of > maintaining/owning > one. I've been dealing with type IV vw's for years, so I'm used to > dealing with having to do things differently. Hopefully Saab isn't as > bad as a vw 411....I had to drop the motor on that to replace the seal > to the oil cooler... > > ... has 180k miles, and has had one replacement turbo installed and a new > engine compartment wiring harness. My only experience with turbos has > been an '85 Pontiac I had that ate stainless steel exhaust manifolds > for > breakfast. > > Any info you can give me as to what I'm in for will be appreciated. > Probably a bad move with the tranny problem, although the price was > great, and once I drove it I was hooked. As a proud owner of an '87 900S w/152k+ miles, all I can tell you is nothing cheap in a Saab ever breaks. I replaced a tranny at 84K, but since then it's been pretty smooth sailing (driving?). I lived in the car for almost 6 months, took it places that 4WD owners may have feared going, and she's still holdng up. I've been told, however, that 86-87 were not Saab's best years. When the time finally comes to put her down, I hope to find one of the last 93-94 old style 900's to replace her with. The new 900's can scarcely hold a refrigerator, much less sleep two adults and a dog. IMHO, a turbo is not worth the additional maintenance costs. -- a product of sanitary science first pull up then pull down environmentally safe biodegradable first in quality first in protection

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