Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 17:55:48 +0000 (UTC)
From: "SimonJ" <>
Subject: Re: 1984 900 Turbo? (UK)

"Mike P" <> wrote in message news:BTc89.1636$%K6.109769nopsamfep2-gui... > Hi. > I've been offered a 1984 'B' reg 900 Turbo (4-door) for 350, I want to use > it as a daily driver to go to work in and for the occasional long motorway > journey. > > The car has MOT until November. I've been told it will need a new exhaust > manifold gasket for the MOT. Is this going to be a huge, expensive job or is > it relatively simple? Apart from that, one of the rear leccy windows does > not operate - A colleague at work tells me this is probably a seized motor > which won't be to difficult to sort. The paintwork is OK, a bit faded here > and there, but no more than you'd expect for a 1984 car. There is no rust on > the body . and under the carpets seems dry and rust free. It drives well and > pulls strongly when the turbo is spinning, with no excess smoke. > It's done 128000 genuine (documented) miles > > What other areas should I check out before buying this car? I have a > feeling it's cheap because the manifold gasket will be a bitch to replace.. > :-( > > Good buy or not? I'm looking at a Saab as I want something different. My > missus has a boring modern Eurobox... > > TIA > > Mike > > Sounds like a good deal. Suggestion... Ask the seller to have the car MOT'd, say you will pay for the test, (or ask him if you can take the car for an MOT before buying) then you will know exactly what it will need, so you have a better idea what you need to spend on it. The leak on the manifold could be a crack, the 900 t's are notorious for it, but it is still not a huge job to have it brazed. The manifold is a pig to remove because of its location, I personally would unbolt the turbo before removing the manifold, it makes it easier to get at and to move back.

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