Date: 28 Feb 1998 18:27:36 GMT
From: (patrick timlin)
Subject: Re: dumb questions about saabs in general

Joe Ragole ( wrote: : 1. Which models (any/all, etc) turn off the headlights when the engine : is shut off? All of them, well at least all the 900s and 900s do. Not sure about the older 99s and pre-99s. : 2. I know 900s have wipers on the headlights, but do they have washers : (squirters), too? The headlight wipers are only on later models of the old style 900s and on the new 900 styles. Since you mentioned below that you are looking for an early or mid 1980s model 900, you won't get the headlight wipers. I am not exactly sure when they started those, but I do not think it was until a 1990s model. Neither my 1988 900S nor my wife's 1988 900 have them. : 3. How reliable is a 900 without turbo and with a 5-speed stick? (in : comparison to say, a 1986 Volvo 740 (also non-turbo)) What do you mean by reliable. If you mean what you actually wrote, then my opinion is that (especially on older ones) non-turbos are probably more reliable since people who drive the trubos are often rather hard on them as well as a turbo just adding more complexity and things to break. Now if you meant as far as which one drives better (which has nothing to do with reliability) then, yes there is a definate difference in the power and accelleration boost you will get with a turbo model. But my old 900 was not too bad nor my wifes's and my 900S is no sleeper either. I guess it depends on what sort of driver you are and what sort of power you want or are used to. : 4. any other comments on saabs (i am looking at early 80's 900's mainly, : but if i come across a nice 99 or a cheap later 900...) would be : appreciated, as I am seriously considering making a Saab my first car... : picked Saab because they are safe and they have some cool features that : volvo 240's (my other consideration) don't have... Just keep in mind that anytime you buy are car well over a decade old (and approaching 20 years old if you get a relaly early model 900, that you are bound to have some problems or repairs to do. This applies to ANY car. Many people often buy an old car of whatever model to save money (or so they think) then when things start failing simply because they are old or have lots of mileage on them, they blame the car as being a POS, swearing to never buy that manufacture's car ever again. I would hate for you to get an old one, have lots of problems, and then have your opinion of ALL Saabs be forever tainted. Patrick Timlin

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