Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 16:52:28 -0700
From: Mike Zampiceni <mikeznopsamcape.com>
Subject: Re: Buying a SAAB


Fred Wells wrote: > Hi, > > I am looking to buy a used SAAB. I have the choice between a 900 > (1991, 150 > 000 Km or 90 000 miles) and a 9000 (1991 SPG, 250 000 km or 150 000 > miles). > The 900 is manual. The only thing is that I have tried the 900 > automatic > and the 9000 manual. Is the 900 manual much better because I liked a > lot > the 9000? The merchant ask nearly the same for both cars. > > What about the 9000 electronics. Is it still reliable at 150 000 miles > or > 250 000 Km. > > Both cars are from the Boston area and are now in Quebec. > > Thanks > > Frederic Wells > Quebec First of all, I'm a little confused, because you have 1991 SPG in parentheses following the 9000. Saab never made an SPG version in the 9000 model. Only the 900's were SPG's. If it's a 900 SPG you're talking about, that's a very desirable car, because it's a low production high-performance car. So maybe you got your description mixed up. Let's assume that you saw a 900 SPG with a manual transmission (the only trans the SPG's came with) and a 9000 with an automatic. If that's the case, definitely dump the 9000. The automatics in all Saabs have been troublesome (even more so than the manual transmissions in them). And as a previous poster mentioned, the climate control system hasn't been all that reliable from what I understand. If you're able to do so, you should have a Saab specialist check out the operation of the manual trans to make sure that the pinion bearings in 4th and 5th gear are OK. If you can't do that, get it out on the open road and make sure you don't hear any high-pitched whining noises in those gears, especially when accelerating or going up hills. Good luck and happy motoring. Mike Z.

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