Date: 18 Jul 2003 14:53:46 GMT
Subject: Re: buy advice 1984 Saab 900 Sport?  UPDATE

Someone who looks an awful lot like Zekkye <> wrote: > Ok, I've now been to visit this car, odo is actually 268,000km (a touch > lower than previously reported). The vacuum leak is severe in that the > car is very difficult to start and once going one must keep the go pedal > at least slightly depressed to keep it going. I've had vacuum leaks on > previous vehicles, they've never been a serious repair, can I assume the > same for an 84 Saab 900? Unless you have an intake manifold crack or something (which I've never heard of), it's gonna be a rubber 20 years, it's a good idea to replace all the (what, 5mm?) rubber vacuum lines you can find in the engine compartment anyway. > Otherwise, the car drove very well - NO tranny whine, suspension still > very firm, no CV clunking, recent tires, recent brakes, under the hood > (my God was that hood opening up a shock, never seen a hood slide forward > then pivot on the front like that!) the engine appears very clean, no > leaks, oil was good, forgot to check the rad. Sounds like the price, then, is due to the drivability issue which you are attributing to a vacuum leak. I'll go with Dexter on this and have a trusted wrench check it out; if it's that severe you want to make sure that he agrees that to be the cause, not something serious. > I just need to track down a mechanic to have a closer look at it to > (hopefully) confirm what my gut feelings are on this beast. Further > comments VERY welcome. Not a bad idea, but for $500 Canadian, I personally would be willing to pay that for a good rolling body with a known bad engine... all else is a plus. > As to the "sport" designation, I asked the seller about that and > apparently this was a limited edition version based on the rally car of > the time... sound familiar to anyone? Still sounds like an SPG with a different brand, but my reference books aren't where I am right now. See previous questions regarding turbo and APC box color (if turbo is present). The fuel pressure regulator has a pressure rating on it, that's good info to know as well in trying to identify the beast in terms that more of us will understand. Dave Hinz

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