Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 13:11:35 -0500
From: USDOJ <>
Subject: Re: 87 9000T facing the Big Bill - what to do?

I'd check the Saab Network site for info about Saab Techs ( and to find alternatives to the dealer's parts (such as You should also consider putting some Barrs Leak in the cooling system if your head gasket is a coolant problem. It may delay that repair for some time. Good luck. wrote: > Thoughts/help/sympathy greatly appreciated: > > My 1987 9000T owned-since-new came up with a grinding roar this weekend, > and I left the car at a well-regarded dealership in suburban > Philadelphia. > > Verdict: new a/c compressor, which also means receiver drier, etc., and > by the way, blower motor doesn't work, about $1,400 all told, which is > kinda what I expected having priced similar work before, > > BUT by the way need a head gasket also, and while we're there replace > the timing chain and tensioner (not unreasonable for this mileage) > $1,200 or so. Few other miscellaneous things ("Diverter valve"?). I > did the motor mounts last year. > > I don;t know what to do. This is used as my "airport car" and is not > driven hard. I'm not sure what other kind of car I can get for $3k. > TIny rust spot on driver's door, but otherwise in great shape. I would > definitely get the a/c fixed if that were the only problem. I'm almost > inclined to bite the bullet and spend the dough, figuring that I'll get > another 3 years, but I've never had a turbo problem and am not sure if I > won;t be facing another $1k+ in a year for that. I have always been > satisfied with the dealer, but for the $ feel compelled to look for an > independent also. Anybody recommend one (Philadelphia/SOuth Jersey)? > > THanks for reading. Alan Dzija

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