Date: Tue, 8 Dec 1998 22:21:38 -0800
From: "Douglas Swank" <>
Subject: Re: When to shoot an old SAAB?

That repair price is not unheard of, though perhaps a couple of hundred too high. However, if you are inclined to do some weekend mechanic work, they can be accomplished for *significantly* less. I don't know about DIY clutch work or oil pump on a 9K, but for parts, motor mounts run about $250 and about $50 for the timing chain tensioner. The labor is the real killer, but a friend and I were able to do all of the bottom motor / tranny mounts as well as one of the top mounts in about 3 hours. I've never done a timing chain tensioner in a 9K, but I believe it would be fairly accessible with the top motor mount out of the way. -Doug x wrote in message <74jrsb$>... >I recently bought an '87 9000S. Overall it was well taken care of but some >of the catch-up maintenance is starting to cause me to reconsider. The car >has 140,000 miles the engine, body and interior are in very good condition. >The problems according to my mechanic (whom I trust) is a clutch that should >be replaced, an OEM timing chain idler that he recommends being replaced, >shot motor mounts that should be replaced, leaking oil pump. I prefer >bringing the car up to snuff, none of the problems currently are keeping the >car off of the road and I recently replaced brake rotors and water pump. >Recouping the repairs on resale or insurance should it be involved in an >accident is not likely since the above list of repairs will take over >$2,000. My options are to sell it and try again, repair it and drive it, or >live with it and let it continue to deteriorate. Any thoughts?

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