Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 06:00:51 GMT
From: "Ben Thompson" <>
Subject: questions about my Saab's behavior

Hello all! I just bought my first SAAB; it's an 86 9000 turbo with a 5 speed with only 85k on the odo. It looks really nice, and at least when I test drove it, it acted flawlwssly. I have the service records, and I had talked to the mechanic who worked on the car here in town. Everything is supposed to be good to go. Now that I've lived with it for a few days, I've discovered a few problems. Could you (the newsgroup gurus) enlighten me on the following problems; are the common / serious / expensive to fix, etc? 1.) If the car has been sitting a while and the engine is cold, it is difficult to start. It turns over and fires well enough, but then almost immediately dies. It will oscillate between revving up and almost dying. I have to give it gas (which sometimes does not help any) to bost the revs above 2000 rpm until the engine smooths out. I assume this is some sort of vacum problem, or a turbo bypass problem, but I do not know how to fix either or determine which it is. 2.) How much valve clatter is normal for these cars? This one has the 2.0 L 16v engine. My other car is a Quad4 (2.3L 16v ~175 Hp), and it has noticable valve noise, but that is just a normal trait. This car has significantly less than my Quad4, but it is not like a Buick 3.8L V-6 (which has virtually no valve noise). 3.) Today the clutch pedal started sticking ever so slightly when I put it in. Nothing severe, just a little hesitation between when I lifted my foot and when the pedal came up. What is this? Is the clutch hydraulic on these cars, or is it spring return? 4.) what is the general consensus on motor oil? I put 5w-30 in my Olds Achieva, and have been pleased with it. It that appropriate for this car, in a temparate climate? What about fluid for the manual clutch, what should I use? 5.) Who's manual should I buy, Haynes; Chilton's, or someone elses? Thanks for your help! - Ben

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