Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2003 15:13:22 GMT
From: 'nuther Bob <<>>
Subject: Re: Might buy a Saab - advice?

On Mon, 30 Jun 2003 23:14:55 -0400, ma_twain <> wrote: >Pre-96 Saabs did not use cable clutch. The earlier(93 and older) Saabs > the clutch and brake shared the same hydraulic fluid tank. The theory >was if you had a leak and had no brake fluid(no stopping), you could not >disengage to clutch to start the car(no go) - a safety feature. I was speaking of years, not models. To restate vis-a-vis this poster: The "new generation" 900 used a cable clutch from 1994 to 1998, when they changed back to a hydraulic clutch. Note that the convertible did not become an NG900 until 1995. >Make sure you get "life expectancies" of the '96 and newer models. <snip> >Anyone out there with over 300K miles on a NG turbo? I dunno. There are a few turbo NG900's in the list out at the (evil) Saabnet high mileage list, some over 200k, one over 300K, one over 600K. The 600k model is a Canadian "S" which could be a turbo or a non-turbo. >>A full clutch job (plate, pressure, bearing, etc >> typically costs $1-1.3K at a dealer. > >Another reason to keep a Classic 900 :-) $1,000 to $1,300 for NG clutch job? Absolutely the worst design in the car. When they twisted the engine sideways, they apparently had an issue with the tranny placement. The only way to do the clutch is to put the engine brace across the top of the engine, remove the substructure and let the engine drop a few inches, then remove the tranny. Price wise, everyone I know who's had it done at a dealer has paid over $1k for a full job with a clutch disc, pressure plate, bearing, etc. Keep in mind that a dealer would probably charge $800 for a "conventional" clutch, so it looks like a 30% increase for an NG900. >Any thoughts on the '91 Convertible model? I know of one for sale and >the price is definitely right. I never owned a convertible, but it is >tempting. . . . Sorry, not my field of study. :-) Bob

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