Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001 21:03:42 GMT From: Just Bob <uctraingnopsamanet.com> Subject: Re: 95 saab conv.-- good deal?
On 21 Oct 2001 17:53:43 GMT, susanmarinenopsamcom (Susanmarine) wrote: >Hi saab fans, > >I am about to bid on a '95 900 S convertible in excellent condition (inside >and out), but I am a little unsure about the value I am getting. Please weigh >in. Check the convertible top mechanism. The '95 & '96 had a problem with the 5th bow motor. There is a fix but it is a few hundred (US$) to fix AFAIK. CHeck also that the top itself is in good shape - they are *very* expensive to have replaced. Check to see if it has had a clutch or clutch cable done. The cable is too pricy if it's bad, the clutch is around $1300 from what I've heard. The transmission should be smooth. Check for any oil leaks around the transmission, drive seals, and rear engine. The idler pulleys are serpentine belt should have been replaced as they are known to sometimes fail around about 50-60K miles. The pulleys and belt cost about $100 in parts and $100 in labor for a dealer to do. A turbo is better if you like a lot of power. If not, the non-turbo is usually quite a bit cheaper. Check all the options when pricing it, they make a big difference. I would expect to pay trade in or just higher for a used car with no guarantee and no dealer backing, but with a friend you might find negotiation an issue. Bob