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


I'd check the Saab Network site for info about Saab Techs (www.saabnet.com) and to find alternatives to the dealer's parts (such as www.townsendimports.com). 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. alandzijanopsamoffice.worldnet.att.net 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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