Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2003 13:18:57 GMT From: Joe User <Joenopsam.nut> Subject: Re: My C900: Time for a "new" one??
DaveH wrote, On 3/19/2003 8:25 PM: > I have a 89 900S, 175K, 5 spd, bought it at 115K in 1996. It's been a > great car. I come from a Saab family. During reunions, looks like a > SAAB lot. > > The problem is that this car is getting pretty rough. The head liner > is totally shot (common, I know), I'm getting some rust here and > there--hole in bottom of driver-side door. And most seriously, there > is a lot of slop in the drive-train. If you tap the gas, you can feel > it Ka-thunk back and forth as the play is reeled out and then taken > back up. This also shows up if parked and put into say, 4th gear. It > is possible to roll the car forward and backward about 8". It's always > done this, but it is getting worse. > > The interior is rough, dash cracking, paint like chalk. Parking brake > cables need replaced--300$. Brakes pulsate. Engine, steering, > suspension, transmission, etc fine. > > I'm wondering if I should try to find a C900 in superior condition, or > pour a bunch of money into this sample, which is a known quantity, and > to which there is attachment? I get the impression Classic 900s are > in demand. Maybe I should simply keep mine and do some major surgery? > Thoughts, experiences? > Dave I'm somewhat in the same boat you are. My '90 900 (which I bought new) is getting a bit rough mechanically (though it looks brand new externally). Had the headliner replaced, severe dash crack, though. I've only got 110,000 miles, though, and they tell me I'm good to 200,000. Repairs are backing up, though, and I've got to decide to dump some serious money in it or move on... MAN, when I wash and wax it though, it's a tough decision... it's beautiful! cm '90 900 embassy blue, bought new