Date: 8 Dec 1998 20:47:17 GMT
From: baur323nopsamcomNOSPAM (Baur323)
Subject: Re: When to shoot an old SAAB?


>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. >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. Only shoot an old Saab if you feel that the Saab is threatening your life or someone else's life. Justifiable. If the Saab is unarmed, you are not justified in using deadly force. Leaking oil, slipping clutch, shot mounts & timing chain idler are, in my opinion, not reasons to be justified in shooting a Saab, of any vintage. As for the price of the repairs, I think $2000 is a bit high too replace these mentioned items. I could be wrong, I don't use the dealer for repairs. As for investing(?) money into your Saab; it is up to you how much more $ you want to put into your car. If resale value & insurance value of you car is less then what repairs you do to it and you don't plan on keeping your Saab, then sell it now. I'm sure someone in this NG will give you a fair price for it. If you want to continue driving it & enjoying it, I suggest repairing it & know you won't have to repair those things for a while. Like most automobiles (very few exceptions), Saabs are a poor investment. You never get what you put into it. Case in point: I purchased an 85 900T the beginning of the year for $700. I have invested(?) well over $2500 into it. Both repairs and performance mods. Will I ever get what I put into it? Only if I can find someone who is willing to buy it (with 215K miles) for $3000, not bloody likely. A poor investment, of course. Will I get rid of it? No. Will I continue to enjoy driving it? I hope for a long time. Back to the $2K; a lot of those things can be DIY. I don't know how mechanically inclined you are, I'm not very, but, friends with tools and spare time & a case of beer (after the repairs) are quite an asset. Good luck; -ray 73 Porsche 914 1.7L (Car in a box) 80 BMW 323i 8? Buick/Opel Cadet (GT-4 SCCA) 85 Saab 900Turbo 91 VW Jetta GL "When the the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." -Hunter S. Thompson "There is no long way in a fast car." -Gene-Dog

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