Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 17:48:55 -0400
From: Larry Rader <>
Subject: my 87 died; what to buy?

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. 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? 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? 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? 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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