Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 21:22:41 -0600
From: "Christopher A. Nowell" <>
Subject: Re: Quick reply needed if poss...9000i purchase tomorrow?

My '87 900 is just about to break 300 0000 km and is still running beautifully. I'm starting to have a few bulbs burning out, but that's normal in any car. Gord <> wrote in message > > Hello Saab drivers, > > I've not posted to this group before since I'm not > yet a Saab owner, although I might be one tomorrow... > > I'm in the North East UK. > > A small local garage has a Saab 9000i on it's forecourt, > F(89) reg, asking price is 695. Took it for a test run and > it appears to drive beautifully. It's not exactly a sports > car <g>, but it 'goes' well enough for me. I noticed the brakes > were rather weak and the pedal had a spongey feel. A closer > examination revealed that all the brake discs and pads need > replacing - that explains that. The bodywork is excellent, > hardly spot of rust to be found anywhere, no sign of any > major accident repairs or respraying, except a small patch > on the nearside rear wing where it's obviously been touched > by a non-pro; mothing major and completely invisible unless > one looks closely and from the correct angle. > The engine is clean looking, and no signs of major > oil leaks anywhere, sounds great and there's no black smoke > issuing from the exhaust. 4 good tyres, although the offside > front has a wear ring which indicates the steering is out of > track, fixable. Electric sunroof seemed a bit reluctant to > close fully when I tried it, but I'll examine it further > if I look at the car again. The interior appears to be > in fairly good order, and judging by the forensic evidence, > this appears to have been a well-used family car, and > has never been exposed to tobacco smoke (which it will > be if I buy it, Chuffin' Billy) > > After mentioning the crappy brakes to the garage guy, I > managed to push the price down to 550 and may even attempt > to squeeze it down to 500 tomorrow, after I've kissed the > arse of my bank manager (overdraft reqd.). > > I'm in love with this car, but there's one huge concern; the > rather high milage, 186k. I'd particularly like to hear from > any 9000i drivers (although any response is welcome) who are > have driven this model up to and past such milages and about > their experiences. > > Would also be interested to know what the price would > be for a re-conditioned engine for the 9000i, as I said, > the bodywork is fantastic so I wouldn't begrudge an engine > replacement, should it be neccessary in the future, provided > they're not 'too' expensive. > > Would appreciate a quick reply, even if it's just a few > lines, as I'm hoping to buy the car tomorrow. > > > -- > Gord

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