Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 21:30:54 -0400
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: my 87 died; what to buy?

Larry Rader wrote: > Hi Everyone > I've been a reader here for a while. > Now I need the kind consideration and help of this knowledgable > community. > My 87 900S (no turbo) died last week. 160K miles..tranny shot. > I've always loved the car, despite the many nagging mechanical problems > (which are well documented in these parts.) > Now, I'd like to spend $10-15K on a replacement. > I live in Manhattan so it gets sort of beaten up by the environment; > hence I'm not that keen on leasing a new one, although that's an option > too. > > 1. Firstly, have they cured the tranny problems that plagued my car? > It's a 5 spd; I may consider an auto this time. I replaced two trannies > since '87 (once, a pothole did it in..the other time, the reverse gear > went bad.) I don't want to deal with that anymore. It is interesting to read that you had so many problems with your manual transmission. Either you had a lemon or the road conditions are on the extreme side. If the transmission problems are due to the last reason, I would re-think an automatic as they are not as robust as the manual. If the transmission problems are due to driving style or constant stop and go of city driving, then an automatic would be a better choice. > 2. I know that there's a romantic love for the old 900 body. What about > the mechanics? Did they get the new one right? I can get a 95 900SE T > Conv. with 45K miles for $15K, privately. It's a good deal, blue > book-wise, but this year/model seems to take a bit of a beating around > here. Comments? Do you want to seriously consider a convertible in Manhattan? I had a chance to buy a Saab convertible. It would have been fun, but the practical side won out. > 3. What would you look for, in particular, (besides the obvious service > records, etc.) in checking out a pre-owned saab? What would you avoid > like the plague? Why? > > 4. Where, if you know, are there pics of the various models from the > 90s, hopefully including interior pics? I have some sales VHS tapes of the 900 and 9000 from 1994. > 5. Where, if you know, are there articles, analyses, etc., on the 90s > models? > > 6. Can I expect to get anything for my car? It ran great until the > tranny died? Suggestions? If your car has been banged up in Manhattan traffic and it does not have a working transmission, it may better to sell it as a parts car. You could always get more money for the parts separately than trying to sell it as a car. > 7.. Finally, I replaced my radio very recently with separate, single > width head unit w/ cassette and single play cd unit. This fit > charmingly, of course, in the 87 dash, since the head unit slot was > separate from the equalizer slot (which in my car was always just a > storage box with an amp hooked to the back). When did the dash change? > In what models/years do i still have the option of using these separate > units? > > I know this was long, and I apologize. This is a tough time...I'm > really going to miss the car in which I saw so much of the country over > the past 15 years and I don't want to buy a new set of headaches. I > truly hope that many of the readers of this ng will take a moment to > help. > > Best, Larry

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