Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 22:37:27 GMT
From: "Steve" <>
Subject: Here's my - a (happy) Saab story -1983 900s

In article <> , Tom Reed <> had some fun writing: >>> I've only owned a Saab for about two months, but already heard the >>> pun "A Saab story" so many times that it's making me sick, and I >>> imagine that you've heard it just as often and don't care for it >>> either......... ___________here's my story______________ Everybody has a story about their car even if it's not a Saab. Some people may think it's crazy or irresponsible, but all people are not the same. And now the time has come to share my story... You may remember me because I posted twice about 2 weeks ago. If not, then nice to meet you! I have a 1983 900S with 235,000 miles and the throw-out barring (I'm not a good speller, but anyway) is going out. I got many responses, but no easy solution I could live with. But I did fill the gear box with ... 10w 30 oil as recommended. For the people wondering what has happened to my car, here's the info. It's got a throw-out barring going out on it. Mechanics are saying about $400-500 to fix. It has an engine oil leak. It's coming from somewhere in the middle and apparently the engine must be lifted out to be removed. They say $400 to fix. (what do you think of that?) It has a gear box leak. They say $100 or so to fix. It needs front c-v joints. They say $400-500 to fix. What do I say? SCREW IT! Yep, that's right. Screw it all. I purchased this car for $500. The body is in good condition, the interior is in good condition, and the engine is in great great great shape! I use it to go to college mainly. So it sees about 10-15 miles a day. I don't drive it anywhere else because I need it to last through winter. Here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to drive it until I have no clutch. Then I'm going to buy a clutch kit for it $95 (which was quoted to me at the parts store) and put it on. The mechanics book says approximately 3 hours of labor. So I say maybe a weekend. Then I'm going to drive it until a c-v joint breaks, then I'll replace them myself. And no, when the c-v joint goes I won't lose control of the car. It will sound like some nasty grinding is going on under the hood though. Then I'll let it leak all over like it has been, until maybe next summer. It's been two weeks and it doesn't need a quart of oil yet. When next summer comes a long, the leak should be worse. I will probably take it in and get the leak fixed if I've replaced everything else myself. I can't just lift the engine out, and I have no tools for it. So I'll spend the $400 to get the leak fixed since the car (cross my fingers!) will be in great shape. The car sounds great (except for the annoying clutch), is reliable, and I feel very comfortable driving it. I don't know how safe it is -I haven't done research- but it feels safe. It feels like I'm driving a tank. So if I'm driving my tank, I have insurance (only liability), and somebody (probably college student) hits me, then at least I'll feel safer than being in a small Escort or something. I look as it like this. For $500 and some future elbow grease, my Saab isn't a bad deal at all. That was my story. Thanks for listening. ___ Steve visit for free e-mail, web space, and more!

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