Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 21:54:04 +0200
From: "Likele de Boer" <>
Subject: Re: should we buy an '86 saab?

It is an old one with a high mileage. You should better ask a real mechanic, because otherwise this bargain is a driving investment with no intrest. Good luck. Likele de Boer, the Netherlands >You did not say if this was a manual or an automatic. From the description of >the text it sounds like an automatic. A Saab saleman said that Saab made some >bad automatic transmissions in 86 and 87. You make the choice knowing that a >salesman said it. > >My 86 900 has a manual and is going strong at 180,000 miles, once you get it >started. This raise a question on my part. My mechanic told me the car was not >worth fixing anymore. The check valve in the fuel pump is not working and a new >fuel pump would be $350 for parts alone. This may not solve the problem >completely, he said I might also need an accumulator at $200. Can I put an >external check valve on the fuel line after the pump or do I need to get another >pump? Any ideas? > >If this car is truely not worth fixing I have the complete set of shop manuals, >set of snow tires on steel rims with hubcaps and a brake tool to sell. If there >are any Recaro fanatics I also have a driver side Recaro LS with Saab 900 >adapters. > >Greg Pencheff wrote: > >> My daughter is interested in buying a 1986 saab from a classmate at college. >> 120,000 miles, appears to be in decent shape, no visible rust. Daughter >> rode along on a short test drive. She noticed the transmission slipped very >> briefly going up a hill and once going around a corner. The current owner >> said that only happens once or twice in the first 10 to 20 minutes of >> driving. Current owner has been driving car back and forth between New York >> and Baltimore without incident. >> >> What could be causing this intermittent tranny slippage? Is it a sign that >> something worse is about to happen? Would we be fools to pay $700 for this >> car? Any input would be appreciated? >> >> Greg Pencheff >> >

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