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Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 17:46:10 -0400
From: Atif I. Chaudhry <foonopsamcom>
Subject: Bought used 9000T - Lots of questions!

I recently bought a used 1990 9000 Turbo through ebay. I took a gamble on buying it through ebay cheap but after I bought it I had it inspected and it is in good shape, for what I paid, a great deal. So now that I'm a SAAB owner I have lots of questions and any info would be greatly appreciated! 1) Where can I get a manual for my car? It didn't come with one and I would really like one. 2) What should I know since I don't have a manual? For instance the mechanic I had inspect the car told me never to pump the gas before starting to car and to let the car idle for at least 15 seconds, but preferably 30-60 seconds after shutting off the engine to let the turbo spin down. Are there other important facts to know? 3) Is there a way to keep the automatic climate control from turning on when I start the car? Since the A/C doesn't work it is kinda a pain and not terribly useful in summer. BTW did the 1990 SAABS use the newer cheaper freon? 4) Is it normal for the headlights to turn off when I stop the car, but not the parking lights? 5) The airbag "SRS" light comes on, the mechanic said that only a SAAB dealer would have the computer necessary to read the error code and say what is wrong. Is this true? Is this normal for a '90 9000? 6) Similiarly, the "anti-lock" light will come on and off intermittenly while this normal? 7) A few times I've had the car stall out while driving, usually while coming to a stop anyways. I've never had the car go dead while driving at speed. Am I just leaving it in gear (manual) too long as I slow down? 8) The car has central locking, how hard is it to add a keyless entry unit? I know they sell aftermarket units, has anyone added one to their 9000? I did this to my Subaru without problem, but I'm wary of messing with the SAAB's electrical system... Alternatively, is there a SAAB unit I could buy from a dealer? 9) Is it possible to replace the left rear fender? Mine has a dent and rusting around the wheel well, I'm thinking it might be better to replace the fender than try to sand, bondo, and paint it... Is this possible? (Again with my late subaru almost everything on the car could be removed with just a socket wrench!) Any other advice would be greatly appreciated... Thanks in advance! -Atif

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