Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2000 14:51:38 GMT
From: "Keith Grider" <>
Subject: Re: are there any good '95 900SE's?

Sean, I suggest first getting the VIN of this particular Saab. Then going to the friendly Saab dealer (we don not have a 'friendly' one here in Columbus, OH :-() and asking them to run the car through the database to see what recalls (if any) and what service has been performed. They will be able to show you what has been replaced under warranty and otherwise. On the price, I think that you should be able to do a bit better than 15k from an individual (Volvo salesman). I am a cheapskate, but if you are willing to look and wait, or willing to travel to get it, there are better deals from individuals. I got my '96 900SET 5sp 5dr with 42kmi which was pretty near flawless for 15.3k from a small lot which deals in 'high line' cars. My brother got a '94 900SET 5sp 3dr with 80kmi for under 10k from a Saab dealer. I did look for about a year, though, and my brother looked for a week. I do not think that there are any emissions differences between HI and MA, but your Saab dealer could tell you for sure. If the check at the Saab dealer does not show anything after the warranty period, it may be that another service shop did the work. Also, if the clutch slips at 56k mi, I would call that 'extreme wear'. I have gotten 120-160k mi on Japanese clutches and would figure that 100k is average for Saabs when driven properly (outside of San Francisco!). Just my $0.02 Keith Grider "Sean Corliss" <> wrote in message > Hi, > I've been mostly looking at used 1997 900SE's, when I figured i would > take a quick test drive of a Volvo just to see how they drove. I was > telling the sales person what I was looking for in a Saab, and he said > that he was thinking about selling his 1995 SE for about 15K, and asked > if I would be interested. I have heard so many horror stories about > 1992-1996 Saab's, however, so are a few details: > > This car *looked* beautiful. I did not test drive, or even turn on the > engine, but it looked like it was in great shape. He brought the car > over from Hawaii 6 months ago. It's fully loaded, including CD > changer. He bought the car with 42k on it from the dealership that he > worked for in Hawaii, and it now has 56k miles (He said he was maybe > going to upgrade to a 2000). He said that all the service records were > not avail. because they were still at the dealer's in Hawaii, but that > he has never had a problem with it. He said he has replaced the > thermometer, and is about to replace the clutch, and has given it > regular oil changes. > > I guess I'm very cautious to consider anything earlier than a '97, but > it's about 3k cheaper than the 1997's, it has the old style dashboard > which I like, and it was a nice color (maroon) with all black interior, > and it had really dark tinted glass (which may or may not be a good > thing). > > 1. When can you tell if one of these year Saab's are actually one of the > 'good ones'? > 2. At 56K, is it possible for me to figure this out w/out the service > records (mechanic...)? > 3. Should I not even consider it since he doesn't have the service > records? > 4. Are there any issues of getting it inspected? (emission differences > between Ma. and Hawaii?) It still has Hawaii plates. > 5. What kind of things would/should I expect to have to replace within > the next year or so (brakes, exhaust...)? > 6. Now, lets say that this is one of the good cars that is not filled > with horror brake down stories. Are there any differences that I should > be aware of between the 1995 SE's and the 1997 SE's? I've been told > that 1994-1998 there were no major changes, but... > > Also, the driver's seat is not as comfortable as the newer 1997's, and I > was wondering, short of replacing the seat is there anything aftermarket > that I could buy which would make it more orthopaedically comfortable? > > Sorry for the long post, but I don't want to rule this car out if it's > worth seriously considering, and don't want to consider it if the > chances are it's going to cause me a lot of problems. Looking for > feedback/suggestions!! (especially if you own/have owned a '95). > thanks! > > Sean >

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