Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2003 22:22:24 -0400
From: ma_twain <ma_twainnopsamo.com>
Subject: Re: Might buy a Saab - advice?


'nuther Bob < wrote: > On Mon, 30 Jun 2003 23:14:55 -0400, ma_twain <ma_twainnopsamo.com> > 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. > >>>> > <snip> > >> >>>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. Anyone know what a dealer would charge for Classic 900 clutch? I don't know because I had over 200K miles on my first Classic when I sold it- with the original clutch in good condition. I would think it would be less than a conventional clutch because it is so easy to replace, thus requiring less time and hence less money. I would suspect many people changed the clutch themselves in the Classic. The last time I had a clutch replaced was on a rear wheel drive car and it was under $300 - but it was also maybe 10 years ago . . .

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