Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 23:48:36 -0400
From: The Four Weis <>
Subject: Re: should we buy an '86 saab?

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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