Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 06:23:40 -0000
From: "Tom Paterson" <>
Subject: Re: 87 9000T facing the Big Bill - what to do?

Hi Having read you post, I would like to put this across to you. I own a 9000 Turbo Auto, 1989 with 132,000 miles on the clock. In Feb this year the gearbox broke and I was left with either getting a new box or scrapping the car. I decided to replace the box at a cost of 1200. After getting the car back I was told that the timing chains would need doing. I decided that I would save to get these done, as the bodywork on the car was in great shape, and the gearbox had been done. In the last two months I have replaced all the brakes including discs, the Alternator, Fuel Pump, Cabin Filter, Battery, Front shocks and the Timing chains. I have spend in total arioubd 2700 on the car this year. THe point of the story is this. I now have a car with a virtually new Engine and Gearbox, and with A1 bodywork. It is in effect a new car. What you have to decide is if you get the work done on your car, you will extend the life on it. As you said its a lot to spend, but what can you buy for $3000. The best advice i can give is this. You know the car, you have an idea of what you will have to spend on the car. If you get something else, you may get more problems. Alternatively if you think yoou are going to spend $3000 on the car, it might be worth seeing what is available on the market. Personally, I now have in essense a new car which will cover at least anothe 150,000 miles without problem. Good luck. Tom Paterson 9000 Turbo Auto <> wrote in message > 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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