Date: 26 Jun 1999 11:34:44 -0400
From: (Ken Bell)
Subject: Re: Advice on 88 9000 turbo purchase

In article <7l1aug$kp3$>, <> wrote: >I've never owned a Saab and would like more info before I join the >club. I'm looking at a 1988 9000 turbo with 86,000 miles for $3500. >The current owner claims fanatical maintenance. > >In my search of this group it would seem that there are problems with >the auto trans not coping with the power of the engine. Can anyone >give more specific info about the auto trans problem? > >Are there any other particular bugs you can advise me of. I would also >like to know about good sources of parts. The car looks nice and >unique, but I'm afraid of expensive repairs and long waits for parts. The 1988 9000T was the first with ABS, an apparently very good implementation, by the way. However, there is no documentation about rebuilding the ABS master cylinder which is integrated with the ABS pump, making repair by replacement the only option. This master cylinder is very expensive. If he really did fanatical maintenance, then the brake system was flushed every year, and the likelihood is that the master cylinder / pump are in good condition. Can you trust the "86,000 miles" figure? If so, it's very low for an '88 (ours has > 160,000). Your post doesn't indicate where you are located, but for Saab automatic transmission problems, Ericson in Old Saybridge, CT (US) is an excellent rebuilder and very nice people. There are several good sources of parts, check for a FAQ on this. For repairs, the best advice is to get yourself a set of factory service manuals (several hundred $ new). Or find a Saab specialist in your area that you can trust. -- Ken Bell :: :: (212) 475-4976 (voice)

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