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Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 21:29:08 GMT
From: "TL Mitchell" <>
Subject: Re: '97 900 SE Turbo Convertible - any issues?

"Andy Walmsley" <> wrote in message news:v2qJ9.14990$ > I have the same car, only black. Though being a US version, you get more > toys...grrrrrrr.... Best car I have bought to date. You obviously have good taste in automobiles :) > Looks like you have stains of some sort in the footwell - driver side. > could be bad picture..... Noticed that...... it's a replaceable carpeted floor mat... not a biggie. > Worth checking when the Turbo was last changed, if you can. If not, check > to see if there is any smoke, (white smoke) on start up/idle - sure sign of > a pending turbo failure. Also when driving, ALWAYS let the car warm up > before you put your foot down as the Turbo's are prone to failure if pushed > to much, when cold. Noted > Also worth checking how it handles at speed in terms of the > tracking/balancing of the wheels. If your steering wheel wobbles at 70mile > per hour, have them realign the wheels as your tyres will soon wear out and > need replacing - not cheap. Good advice on any car. > See how much brake pad(s) is left on the front AND back. Dealer's inspection report sez 70% front, 30% rear. > See how much tyre tread is left - min 3 millimetres. Reported to be 85% of new, brand/model unknown. > Physically check the hood - up and down for defaults in the mechanism - get > some one else to do it whilst you look around the back. If your feeling > brave take it to a MANUAL car was and check for leaks.... It's a convertible, I expect it to leak if blasted at a car wash. This is gonna be a fair weather, low usage vehicle for me so I don't think it's an issue unless there's something noticeably ill-fitting about the top. > One would assume the dealer has given it all the usual checks, plus I would > imagine there would be some form of warranty with this car so you shouldn't > have to much to overly worry that much, they are a sturdy car and arguable > best looking conv on the road :-) Nope, no warranty. Plus I'm picking it up 450+ miles from home. That's why I'm casting a jaundiced eye. > Andy Thanks fer the tips Andy..... appreciate it. TL > > Greetings all, > > > > New to this NG, just gave it a browse and it looks to be a good resource > for > > shared information. Hopefully I can contribute something positive in the > > future. I owned a '76 99 EMS for a few years, best car I ever owned. For > > some reason I left the fold with intentions of returning to Saabs but > > haven't got around to it..... until now. > > > > I was recently the high bidder on a '97 900 SE Turbo Convertible on > eBay.... > > if the car pans out it looks like a steal. For anyone interested the > listing > > is at: > > > > > > > 1873689559&rd=1 > > > > I'll be inspecting the vehicle in a few days and presumeably driving it > home > > if all checks out. Just wondering what kind of known issues there may be > > with this model and vintage and if there's anything in particular I need > to > > look at with a jaundiced eye? Kinda like to find things out *before* I > fork > > over the loot, although at the price I'll be paying I can afford to put a > > few bucks into it if necessary. > > > > The vehicle was acquired by the dealer at auction..... it was off-lease > > after two 3-year stints. Clean title and the mileage and registration > > history is consistent. There's no maintenance records available although > the > > dealer appears to have gone over the car with a fine-tooth comb and > > documented the condition of everything that's inspectable without tearing > > the car apart. Everything electrical is reported to work and the vehicle > is > > reported to be in pristine condition. > > > > Appreciate any thoughts or pointers. > > > > TL <----- about-to-be ragtop guy > > > > > > >

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