Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 13:33:58 -0800
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamnet>
Subject: Re: Anyone have an '87 900 8-Valve?

J. R. the Interloper wrote: > > I have a 1987 900 with an 8-valve engine with 73K miles, 5-speed manual > transmission. It now needs to have the head gasket and crankshaft bearings > replaced. The car was not driven hard over the years. Anyone have > experience with this 8-valve model of the 900? I've talked to many people > that have the 16-valve version, but not the 8-valve model. I've only owned one 8v car - a 1984 900 Turbo. But since the 8v and 16v engines are pretty darned similar, lots of info that applies to one applies to the other. As far as head gaskets go, 73k seems VERY low. They normally last 130k or more; my '85 900T has 190k on the origina and my '88 9000T has 220k on the original. Replacing it that early doesn't seem right. Unless you're seeing a disappearance of oil or coolant that you can't account for, or if your fluids are mixing, I'd take it elsewhere for a second opinion. One possibility though, is that if the car sat for a long time things like head gaskets can get old and fail. Oil seals and such depend on fresh warm fluids flowing around to remain soft and if they're deprived of that they can wear out prematurely. > This car has been nothing but headaches since the 60,000 mile major service > with a new fuel pump, water pump, warm-up regulator, ignition coil, and cold > start valve. That's frightening. A water pump at 70k is not unheard of; as I general rule I replace that $35 part every 50k anyway. Other stuff seems to be odd, I must admit. But, the car does have pretty low mileage on it, so if you're not the first owner it's possible it may have sat around for a while and these parts decayed... -JUstin

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