Date: 17 Jul 2003 21:29:08 GMT
Subject: Re: buy advice 1984 Saab 900 Sport?

Someone who looks an awful lot like Zekkye <> wrote: > 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? "SPG", maybe? Does the word "sport" actually appear on the car? > 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). Naah, that's not even all that remarkably high. > The asking price is $500 (Canadian)... > I've never owned a Saab before, but have always wanted to. Opinions? If this is the car I'm thinking, with a turbo and (was it red in 1984?) the high-output APC computer, I'd buy it. Even if it's not the turbo, if the performance is acceptable to you now, it'll be even better once you've got the vacuum leak worked out. The classic 900 is a fantastic car - easy to work on, handles fantastically in any weather, fun to drive, and all sorts of other, hard to describe reasons. Many of us here are very familiar with them, and are more than happy to help out with any questions you'll have. For 500 bucks, I'd say go for it; the biggest limiting factor is body condition; all else can be fixed. Do take a listen to the transmission, check for pinion bearing noise (it would be road-speed dependant, changing as you get onto, and off of, the "loud-pedal"). Listen for a sharp whine that changes as road speed does (but is independant of what gear you're in). If you hear it, smile, shake the seller's hand, and thank them for the test drive. If it's quiet, I'd say buy it. Of course, the other standard checks for major problems make sense (odd colored smoke, that sort of thing), but generally these are pretty healthy beasts. Hope this helps, Dave Hinz

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