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Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 16:00:32 +0100
From: MeatballTurbo <>
Subject: Re: High mileage c900

In article <>, says... > Is there something specific to high mileage Saabs I should > be aware of besides things that are described in c900 buyers guides > online and common symptoms of major repair incoming (like engine > vibration and blue exhaust smoke under load)? > If it is a Turbo, blue smoke at start up, for the headgasket white smoke when running at normal temperature (not steam on a cold day). Ball joins on the front suspension. Normal suspension type problems you feal when driving the car 9any older car). Cam chain that is worse than just a rattle. A sticking hydraulic tappet on a 16v. The engine will sound rough, should settle down in a few minutes (mine actually settles in a few seconds, but one is distinct until it does). Heater controls that don't redirect heat. Badly uneven tyre wear from tracking problems. knocking wheel bearings (my drivers side front has just started to go after 120k miles). Worn CV joins. If the gaitors aren't ripped you wn't know until the test drive. Power steering feeling heavy when you first start, then getting better (morning sickness), indicates a slight leak in a seal somewhere in the rack. Electric windows that don't go all the way up or down because of a damaged or seized quadrant (repair kits are available). Not all these are serious, or major expense, but should be a good bargaining point for when you look to buy. -- The poster formerly known as Skodapilot.

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