Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 15:15:38 -0500
From: "darkpoter" <darkpoternopsamail.com>
Subject: Re: Failed Emissions test


I havent found it that expensive to repair. However i am doing the minimum required to make it live. For the $300 canadian I payed for the car. It has taken me more then 16000 KM's, which i think is very very cost effective. mind you i only have an emergency brake on one wheel... the car throws a couple of ounces of oil when ever started in -20 or lower weather. The heated seats are broken.. the radio is dying a slow and painfull death... the coolant hoses keep poping off. I had to have the car undercoated to get rid of grinding in the rear suspension bushings. All and all it has been a joy to own (i love cars, learning about their positives and negatives) This has truely been one of the most handy junkers i have owned in a couple of years (the last joy being an 86 volvo 740 turbo). I also find driving these cars makes me enjoy my summer car far far more:) However with e-testing it looks as though the time of the Junker may be over. And i have been considering buying a newer 900turbo to keep as a winter car. There is an 89 turbo for sale down the street.. might tak a look. Matt "Grunff" <grunffnopsam.com> wrote in message news:b3gh0s$1m1tkh$1nopsam52899.news.dfncis.de... > Dexter J wrote: > > > I wonder if Matt will pick it up in the static about how weird and > > expensive these cars are to fix and repair after a certain point... Did you > > bother to read though my first long piece on the 'SAAB - to buy or not to > > buy' thread? I was feeling wordy - but it's fun if you know about older > > SAABs.. You particularly might get a kick out of it.. > > Yes, I had read it, and was much amused. I came to Saabs as a > broke student; I needed a car that's simple, reliable, safe, > easy to work on, and most importantly, cheap. This came in the > form of a 1983 900 twin carb (300). Great car. Cost me very > little over the time I kept it. > > I think the key with cars like Saabs is taking the time to > understand how the car works, even if the owner doesn't want to > do the work themselves (I personally love that part - nothing > better than working on an engine on a hot day with a beer in one > hand, especially after a week in front of a PC). > > -- > Grunff >

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