Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 21:29:29 +0000
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: Suggestions on '89 Turbo (16V)

Bharat (aka Jeffery) Lindemood wrote: > Car fan from way back but new to Saabs and have chance to buy an '89 Turbo > 3-D 16V (w/only 64,000k) that's been sitting outside for 2 yrs. Has most of > the 'goodies', it seems, w/ leather seats, elec. sunroof, cruise control, > AC, 5-spd... Was able to get it started no problem but moisture inside w/ > mold on seats, around leak in sunroof, etc., has me concerned. no problem > w/ detailing (should be able to restore to good condition w/o scars from > period of inattention). looking for thoughts that you 'Saab-saavy' may have > on the wisdom of getting involved with this car. I'm up for a well-built, > fun to drive car, but not a series of nit-picky-or otherwise-problems that > will detract from any gains of low mileage, etc. Adventurous but not > seeking 'lemon' aggravations... Also have to install new battery. Any > fav's/tips? Thanks. You auto-enthusiasm is appreciated. Ok, here's my opinion, fwiw. I think your experience with this car will very much depend on your approach to it. If you expect the car to run great straight off, and for everything to work first time, then you *will* be disappointed. Similarly, if you intend to take the car to the garage for all work, including minor niggles, you will be seriously out of pocket. Two years is a long time to be stood outside. While the important stuff will work fine (engine and gearbox), many smaller things will need attention. A brief checklist would include: Brakes (may well be ceased, need to rebuild caliper(s)). Electric windows & sunroof, central locking - motors may need dismantling and lubing. Radiator fan may be stuck. With a car like that, I would start by replacing the plugs, leads, cap, rotor, air filter, fuel filter, oil + filter, coolant, break fluid and PS fluid. I would closely examine all calipers, and repair/replace as necessary. Personally, I'd jump at the chance of buying it - that's a great car, great year. But expect to have to put a lot of effort into it. -- Grunff

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