Date: Tue, 8 Dec 1998 12:45:20 -0800
From: "x" <mike_monahannopsammationsystems.com>
Subject: 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. 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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