Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 14:22:12 -0800
From: "Bharat \(aka Jeffery\) Lindemood" <bjl7nopsamspring.com>
Subject: Re: Suggestions on '89 Turbo (16V)


Thank You, "Grunff" for the many (truly) useful suggestions and seasoned perspective. Makes much sense to me, and reinforces the kinds of expectations I would enter into (and probably will, Gods willing) the deal with. Much appreciated. Really. "Grunff" <grunffnopsam.com> wrote in message news:b11k2r$ue0na$1nopsam52899.news.dfncis.de... > 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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