Date: 07 Jul 1999 05:35:04 GMT
From: pjhagennopsamcom (PJHagen)
Subject: Re: Tips for purchasing 92 or 93 900S??

>Subject: Tips for purchasing 92 or 93 900S?? >From: Ted <> >Date: Mon, 14 June 1999 12:33 AM EDT >Message-id: <> > >I'm considering buying either a 92 or 93 900S (I'm leaning >toward the 92 ragtop). I've waded through most of the >literature I can find and I'll be taking one or both to a >reputable mechanic for a once-over. As a Saab neophyte, I >thought I'd tap into the collective wisdom of the group -- >are there any major mechanical idiosyncracies about those >model years that I should pay special attention to? They >each have standard miles for their vintage and the repair >history on both looks unexceptional (no major repairs), but >as a long-time VW Jetta owner, of course I'm leary of the >$800 repair bill waiting for me around the corner... Is >there anything on those model years that's just itching to >bust? > >Any advice would be appreciated. Also, although I'm >inclined to stay away from the turbo model, I'm interested >in what people have to say about repair/maintenance in that >area -- how long before a major turbo overhaul is >typically due? > >Many TIA... > Well, now, I just happen to _have_ a '92 ragtop! (non-turbo) It's my 3rd SAAB in a row, in 21 years! My last new car was a '79 900S (no turbo either) I may just drive this one into thec ground too! I 'only' have 167k miles on it and I understand that the resale is still pretty high. As far a things to look for/look out for; the '79 I had had rusted out pretty bad in 3 places (by '93) - in the front wheel wells, there is a seam. check this well. - under the doors, both the body and the bottom edge of the door. - finally the front edge of the floor where it started to slope up to the fire-wall. I have had problems with the water pump and head gasket. The latter require some machining and It was a good thing that I had a loaner at my disposal as the job was kind of unexpected and took 3 days. I am kind of resigned to having periodically high repair bills, but that is what you get for making a car run for 13 years! I have started taking the car to someone besides the dealer when the dealer tried to tell me that i needed work that they had just done a couple of visits ago. I am _not_ emulating Mario Andretti. and I felt that they wer trying to up-sell and pinch me for a little more than necessary. But Please make sure that the car _has_ had regular service and plenty of oil changes. On the 79 I was still getting great milage up untill the end. I am getting around 28 MPG on a 40 mile (one-way) commute that is 2/3 highway and 1/3 winding CT back roads with very few stops. BTW, I hav enever felt teh need for a turbo and the SAAB automatics have only recently been acceptagble, performance wise. My dealer has a great loaner program and I have been able to drive most of the newer models, usually with automatics. [sadly they have _not_ lot me drive th aViggen nor the wagon yet :) ] The only real problem - and I consider it serious - is that a 9-5 cannot be driver with the (rear) windows open. You get this horrendous 'helicopter' effect at 45 it is preculdes listening to th estereo and at highway speeds, it actually causes a temporary loss of hearing even after slowing down. There seem to be 'resonant speeds' where it peaks really high. I can drive th econvert. at any speed. in and configuration if windows and do not get this effect. I gusee the soft top precludes it. I never had it in the 900 (1st gerenration mind you) hatchback either. Sorry for the tirade, hope this helps. I rather doubt I'll convince myself to buy other that SAAB unless I feel a dire need for a van or SUV. But who knows what they'll build next! Peter Hagen - PJHagennopsamcom Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends

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