Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2002 14:46:31 +0000 (UTC)
From: "SimonJ" <>
Subject: Re: 91; 9000 2.3Turbo ... advice ...

"tw259" <atsnopsame> wrote in message > 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. > > Possible problems....... Timing/balance shaft chains, if they haven't been changed already, they will need doing soon. replace sprockets and tensioners at the same time. Head gasket, can fail, but no real warning symptoms until very soon before it goes. Not something you can put a mileage on either. Using Mercedes antifreeze is thought to greatly reduce the head gasket problem. IF it has TCS, this can be troublesome, safety valves fail on a regular basis, as does the throttle body. Again its not something you can check to see if it is about to fail, when it goes it goes. Vacuum hoses tend to fail round that sort of age, and there are a lot of them! They tend to perish and go brittle, splitting at the ends. Relatively easy to change the lot, though time consuming. Change one at a time to make sure they go to right place!

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