Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 08:28:46 -0600
From: "muzbuz" <nashtn212nopsamAM.aol.com>
Subject: Re: Anyone have an '87 900 8-Valve?


I have this exact model. I've had to have a few repairs also, but nothing unusual for a car with 128,000 miles. It's been really good. Although it does have some of those Saab quirks people were telling me about. Why do you need a new head gasket and crankshaft bearings with mileage this low? That seem a little unusual. How many previous owners? I could see the fuel pump needing to be replaced if you normally drive it near empty or have ever let it run all the way empty. The water pump should have lasted a bit longer, but this isn't outside the norm. Have you tried taking your car to another mechanic? Or is there only one in town. From my experience, the diagnoses you'll get varies greatly depending on where you take it. I usually take mine to the dealer. It costs a little more, but I know they fix it right and to the specs. It's worth it to me. If it keeps giving you trouble though, get rid of it. There are plenty others available on the used car market. You could pick up another one just like it for around $3000. J. R. the Interloper wrote in message ... >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. > >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. > >Any comments or advice is greatly appreciated. > >J. R. > >

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