Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 03:38:05 GMT
From: Zekkye <>
Subject: Re: buy advice 1984 Saab 900 Sport?  UPDATE

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? 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. My thinking at this point is that this will likely be a good car to pick up. 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. 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? On the driver's side of the rear there is the Saab label and beside it or beneath it the Sport label. On the passenger side of the rear is the 900 label. Cheers, Wade Zekkye <> wrote in news:Xns93BB901F3FA99zekkyeshawcanopsam4.223.211: > Hi folks... > > I'm considering buying an '84 Saab 900 Sport, but I'm having > difficulty figuring out exactly which model this is, as none of the > Saab sites I've found list a 900 Sport for 1984. Does it sound > familiar to anyone? > > It's a 5-speed, 3-dr hatch, not sure which engine, but the odo reads > 289,000km (kinda high but I understand Saab's are pretty long-lived). > > The asking price is $500 (Canadian)... the exterior is not without > blemishes, but is generally in very good condition for a 20-year old > car. The interior shows more wear, but again, not bad at all for 2 > decades. > > Mechanically (I haven't had a chance to check it out yet) the seller > claims all is in good condition except for a vaccum-leak somewhere > which he's not inclined to spend the money to fix, causing uneven > idling. > > I've never owned a Saab before, but have always wanted to. Opinions? > > Cheers, > Wade

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