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Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 08:06:28 -0700
From: "Peter OConnor" <pmo2065nopsaml.msn.com>
Subject: Re: 900 S - Questions


Thanks for your comments! "Kenneth S." <nimrodnopsams.com> wrote in message news:3ADBC7D9.4D5Cnopsams.com... > Peter OConnor wrote: > > > > I have an opportunity to buy a 900 S 5 speed, 60,000 miles, 1996. $10,000. > > Is this a good car, i.e. reliable after 60,000 what's likely to go wrong - > > what should I check out. > > Thanks > > Peter > > My suggestion is that you have the car checked out by the local Saab > dealer before you buy it. It may cost you $150 or so, but it will be > money well-spent. > > I bought a 1996 900SE from a local Ford dealer in January (67,000 > miles). I think I've got all the bugs out now, with most of the work > paid for under the warranty. However, it was a huge hassle while it > lasted, particularly since the Ford dealer couldn't do the work, and I > had to get the money out of them to get the work done at the Saab > dealer. > > The following items needed to be put right on the car that I bought: > (1) Left front strut rebuild -- to cure a major rattle. > (2) Persistent problems with the check engine light, ultimately cured by > having the wiring redone. (This was a lot of trouble to track down.) > (3) Replacement of idler pulleys and drive belt. My impression is that > this needs to be done around this mileage on most 900s. > (4) New exhaust system, which cost about $600, approximately twice as > much as a replacement system on a U.S.-manufactured car, according to > Midas. > > You may also want to look at the Magliozzi Brothers CarTalk website, > which contains extensive owners' comments on most vehicles of various > vintages, including this one. They have a link to the technical service > bulletins issued on various models. > > The car that I mostly drive is an MX5 Miata, and I cannot say enough > good things about that car, which is fun to drive and extremely > reliable. I cannot be as enthusiastic about the Saab, but now that I > have the bugs out, I'm happy with it. I particularly like the luggage > capacity in the Saab, as well as the hatchback feature, which is very > practical. The Saab's climate-control heating and AC controls are FAR > too complicated and overly automated, but nearly all of the other > features are high-quality. I've seen complaints in this news group > about Saab dealers, but my experience has been favorable.

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