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Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 20:54:21 -0500
From: "James H. E. Maugham" <>
Subject: Re: 9000 turbo questions

Justin VanAbrahams wrote: > > RonF wrote: > > > > Just looked at a used 1989 9000 turbo today. 136k miles, good body, > > strong engine. > > One of the things I noticed was that the shifter (manual) seemed to > > jump and dance alot under engine load. I don't mean to say it was hard > > to shift, but after it was in gear, if you left your hand on it and got > > into the gas, it would move forwards and back. Is this normal? Does > > it signify expensive repairs in the near future? > > It may be normal, but that's not how the car was designed. Nine > times out of ten this is caused by weak motor mounts, and usually > the top two. The problem is that if these mounts have been left > in poor repair for too long, it'll have an adverse effect on the > bottom two mounts. As you may imagine, the top two are not particularly > hard to replace, but the bottom two are. Total job runs between > $800 and $1100, parts and labor, at a reputable shop. This is > not something that should be left alone, as ultimately it can have > a negative effect on other systems... Far be it from me to doubt your word Justin, but I just got the lower engine mounts changed (non-hydraulic installed, thanks Ywan!) as well as the torque rod mounts for $242.59, total! And yes that was by a SAAB certified mechanic. Maybe your mechanic just knows how much you make as a computer God? :-) Warm regards, James

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