Date: 28 May 2002 18:14:40 GMT
Subject: Re: Used SAAB 9000 advice

Someone who looks an awful lot like Atif I. Chaudhry <> wrote: > I might be able to get a used SAAB 9000 Turbo for cheap. > In general I've been told to stay away from the used Turbo's because > they are expensive to fix. Maybe in general they are, but my '88 900 Turbo went 247,000 miles on the original turbo, with no signs of problems. Engine was solid; never even had the valve cover of. If you did need a rebuilt turbo, they can be had for well under $1000.00, probably as an installed price. > I do know that this car has an exhaust leak in the exhaust manifold - > turbo region-not terribly loud- turbo still functions. > Is this serious? How much would it cost to fix? Depends on what/where/how big. Quite likely not a big deal. > Any advice in general on buying a used '90 Saab 9000 turbo would be > appreciated. It is a 5sp w/ 180+K miles Ah, so it's just starting to get broken in. I'd look more at the service records, see if it's been maintained properly (fluid changes, probably the biggest thing). As far as the turbo - if it's boosting well and not making bad noises, and if you don't have unusual colored smoke from the tailpipe, you should be fine. 180K miles on a turbo (the '90 has a water-cooled turbo, so it's cooled much better / lasts longer) isn't anything to be concerned about, and unless the engine has been abused by being neglected, you're nowhere near being worn out. I'd look at the exterior, and interior, and go from there. Dave Hinz

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