Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 14:19:51 GMT
From: juanm105 <>
Subject: Re: Disabling a Turbo

Don't know about disabling the turbo but here is a new driver and a turbo story. I bought a beautiful $5,000 1990 Turbo (leather interior, 5speed, power everything) for my 16.5 yer old daughter a year ago. Great car. She hit black ice (icy pavement that looks like it is just damp) two months later and banged it into a guard rail. She was fine! The car - $3,000 damage with no collison insurance. We got it fixed. Two months later she was spooked by a tailgater on the interstate and switched to another lane. That lane of traffic stopped quickly and she hit the guy in front of her. She was fine. The car was worst than the first time. I had it send to the scrapyard. While it wasn't the Turbos fault, I definitely think it was too much power for too young a person. As you well know, Turbos can move! My daughter is a bright intelligent, hard working and successful student but bottom line is she is inexperienced. So when unusual events occur, cars can get damaged. Fortunately she did not get hurt and no one else did either. I have often commented that if she had been in any other car than a Saab, she would have been injured. The Saab and the seat belt protected her. Don't count on a 10 year old air bag to work however. It didn't deploy in either accident. So don't buy your son anything but a Saab. Just bought my daughter a very nice 1989 Red 900 -- no S model, no Turbo - just the plain vanilla 900 with the cloth seats, 5 speed, no sun/moon roof - just the basics. It needs a little work but the body has no rust and the interior is very good (classic cracks in dash and very minor headliner problems) Got it for $900. I will probably put another $400 or so in it. good luck deactivate the Turbo or buy an old non-Turbo for the kid to use. don't buy a non-Saab. Juan

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