Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 13:29:22 -0000 From: MeatballTurbo <carl.robsonnopsamcing-czechs.com> Subject: Re: My C900: Time for a "new" one??
In article <7B19A0C75F440582.CD71FE78A4471BC1.E8735547CC8C4532 nopsamirnews.net>, ddhartwicknopsamPAMearthlink.net says... > 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. unless the paint is thin, t-cut/cutting polish/compound may bring it up well. Sure brakes will cost, check the ball joints before checking disc run out. See if you can actually do any of the work yourself, rather than paying a mechanic (although I'm a pay a mechanic type myself). On the dash, see if you can drill a small hole at the end of the crack, just larger than it. It will remove the stress, and should stop it spreading further till you can fill or replace it. > 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 Work out the cost of a know good one locally that you fancy and is for sale. then get quotes for the work/parts. You know your car, if the cost is cheaper, or little different to repair, go with the devil you know. It has personal history. and yess they are getting to be a bit of a sought after cult car. -- Carl Robson The poster formally known as Skodapilot. http://www.bouncing-czechs.com