Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 02:16:58 GMT
From: "Rick Mohlmann" <>
Subject: Re: 88 Saab Minus Transmission

I forgot to add that I replaced my whole exhaust system from front to back. I bought it at the Saabsite a web parts place that is awesome. the prices are in most cases 20% cheaper even including shipping than going to the local-dirt-bag-rip-off-arrogant-Saab dealer. The site offers a master Saab mechanic who will answer your tech or any other saab related question. here is the web site: I highly recommend it. Here are some other really cool web sites for saab do it your selfers. http://www.nospam/home.htm <> wrote in message news:3c56b7b2$0$1604$ > Rick Mohlmann <> pressed random keys until the following was produced: > > Hi - > > I have a 1988 turbo convertible w/ man trans. Here are the weak links > > on that car that I have discovered: > > > clutch, > > I agree - on my '88 900 Turbo, the clutch went only 220,000 miles. ;) > > > steering rack, > > Yup, that went around 150K. > > > oil leak (front seal), > > Nope, haven't had a problem there. I've been using Mobil 1, if that's > relevant. > > > > head gasket(leaks oil & > > coolant). > > Nope, no problem there either. Never even had the valve cover off. > > > > If you are not the do it yourself kinda person, you could be looking at some > > hefty repair bills. > > Well, it depends what goes wrong. The only thing I've dealt with that I didn't > see here was exhaust systems; I live in Wisconsin where they salt the roads in > the winter, and go through an exhaust system every 3 years or so. > > > I did all the work myself and am now a big saab fan. It > > is a well made car, not withstanding the inherent flaws I just mentioned > > above. I love to drive it. the engine will last for 200,000 miles if > > maintained. > > Yup. > > > The trans is the weakest link in the car. > > Yup. Specifically, the pinion bearings (which were later beefed up). > > > But the key is, you > > need to fix the weak links and you will be happy. again if you have to pay > > to have it done..... > > I'd jump at that car - mine is getting rough around the edges, and I'd > take that car, drop my tranny in, and give the rest to a friend of mine > who is a Saab mechanic, for next to nothing. > > Dave Hinz >

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