Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 22:56:54 +0000 (UTC)
From: "Richard McBride" <>
Subject: Re: 100,003 and counting ('90 Saab 900)

Yes, you are worrying over nothing. My 1990 900T16 has just rolled over 208,000 miles, (original engine, gearbox, and just about everything else except tyres, shockers and a few bits and pieces), and is still a pleasure to drive! It cruises happily well above the legal limit here ;-), and still provides fantastic mid-range torque for overtaking. Things to take care of in my opinion are: * regular oil and filter changes, using the best oil you can afford * regular check-ups by somebody who knows Saabs really well (not necessarily a Saab dealer, by the way...) * listen out for any changes in engine note or gearbox noise, and get it checked/fixed as quickly as possible * (in UK or anywhere else where salt is used in winter) - keep an eye out for rust, especially wheel-arches, doors, boot (trunk) * don't use full boost until the car is well warmed up * avoid using full power in 1st and 2nd gears * avoid frequent short trips, (less than 5 miles or so), especially in winter * after a high-speed cruise, let the turbo cool down before switching off - not as vital with the water-cooled types on later cars, but still a good idea * get a Bentley manual, and find out how it all works! Your 40 miles of high-speed highway driving are just what classic 900's like best! So enjoy the next 100,000 miles! Richard McBride Haslemere England <> wrote in message news:aqeq9s$99cd7$ > Someone who looks an awful lot like dmk <dumbnopsam.comm> wrote: > > Hey all, > > My beloved '90 Saab 900 (that I bought new) has 100,003 thousand miles. > > My concern is, I've got a punishing 40 minute highway drive to and > > from work each day and am really racking up the miles. I've had a few > > things replaced here and there, but am wondering: At this mileage and > > hard driving, what major repair should I be on the lookout for? Should > > I move on to a newer "something" before the engine blows? Am I worrying > > over nothing? > > When your mileage is double what it currently is, then you can start > thinking about it being a "high mile Saab". As it is, you're just starting > to get it broken in. > > > I've had the water pump replaced and the heater exchange thing that > > soaks your feet when it goes, the clutch master cyl., and have a slight > > leak (external) in the head gasket (been leaking for years). > > > Advice from you high milers? > > You'll be fine. Take a look here: > > > 100,000 miles is a great milestone...when you hit two or three times > that, consider submitting your name & mileage to the above page. > > Dave Hinz >

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