Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2002 07:54:27 -0600
From: "Walt Kienzle" <>
Subject: Re: 91; 9000 2.3Turbo ... advice ...

You may also need a new clutch soon if it has a manual transmission. If it has an automatic, there might be problems waiting there too. I have exactly the same model (manual transmission), with about the same mileage on it. I bought it 6 years ago with about 85K miles on it. Since then I have replaced the exhaust system after the catalytic converter, brakes, battery, shocks/struts, turbo bypass (hooter) valve, engine mounts, and a couple of fan speed controllers. Right now I am working on replacing the clutch and transmission. This sounds like a lot of things, but it hasn't been all that bad to maintain over 6 years. I have been able to do all the work myself and buy the parts on the internet, so I have found this to be a very inexpensive car to maintain. The asking price for the car you are looking at sounds reasonable - by US standards, so if you like to work on the car yourself, it could be some low cost fun. Walt Kienzle 1991 9000T "bjmpls" <> wrote in message > "tw259" <atsnopsame> wrote in message news:<>... > > Hi guys > > > > I went yesterday to see one of those, well it is a model with the 200HP > > B234L engine, the car looks still quite good and it is an US model of the > > car and it has got all the extras you could get for that model on that year. > > It has got 125000 Miles on it and new winter tires on, no summer tires are > > added, and the owner wants to get rid of it after having it for 3 weeks > > because he has always driven an A8, and wants to get back to that car. > > > > The owner before had it since the beginning and drove with it until Sept. > > 2000 and then it was standing in his garage for 2 years, until Sept. 2002, > > for whatever reasons. > > > > I drove it yesterday and it felt quite good, and pulled like hell actually > > but my question is that on what should i pay attention because i will take > > that car to the garage on thursday to let it be checked up and i want to get > > the opignion of the garagist. > > > > The price of the car would be 1750 Euro-s but i am relatively sure that i > > could get something still out of it. > > > > I would appreciate all information about problems and sicknesses of the car > > built in these years because i am quite new to all this "Saab" thing, but i > > think i love it already. > > > > Greetz > > Even if you have a competent Saab mechanic check it over (which you > MUST do), proceed with extreme caution. Yes, Saab is great when > everything is working, but it is a car prone to expensive and > continual repairs. At 125K miles, you are prone to: > > 1. Turbo repair/replacement. > 2. Head gasket failure. > 3. Heating core burnout. > 4. Cooling system leaks. > 5. Exhaust system replacement. > 6. Odometer failure (cheap part but expensive repair). > 7. Engine mount replacement. > 8. Drive belt replacement. > 9. Numerous vacuum leaks. > > I would strongly advise you to stay away unless you so love this car > that chronic and costly problems can be tolerated. Because the only > thing more certain than the great and fun driving experience of Saab > is that sooner or later you will pay through the nose for the > privilege. > > Good luck. > > > > > > > Tw Return to Main Index

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