Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 21:22:51 +0200
From: "Huibuh" <>
Subject: Re: 1996 Saab 900SE turbo sensonic. Trouble?

I drove that car for 6 years: R 900 (special edition, basically a 900 SE, 2.0l turbo, 1996) "Grunff" <> schrieb im Newsbeitrag news:bi2qgk$4gdrn$ > Harald wrote: > > I am considering a 1996 Saab 900 SE Turbo with sensonic transmission. > > Is this system reliable > > No If it makes trouble in the beginning you will never be able to fix it (I know one car) If it is running fine and you operate it not like an off-road-car it is a great system and very reliable (at least in my case and a friend of mine). You should do a 100 to 200 km testdrive, especially in town with a lot of gearshift. > > > > or should I stay away from this model? > > Yes Driving is great. ItĄs driving a manual transm with the advantages of an automatic. > > > > I understand that it could be very expensive to fix the sensonic if it > > breaks down > > Yes The electronic parts can be very expensive (fortunately never been concerned). I had a breakdown after 5 years: the pressure hose broke so you cannot shift any longer. The repair takes 0.5 hrs, the part did cost Euro 75,-. But they had to change the thrust bearing of the clutch (labour and part Euro 500,-). The clutch itself and the carrier normally also have to be replaced but I was lucky: it was a Fichtel & Sachs which is supposed to be of higher quality. The mechanic said it was as new (normally you canĄt shift as good as a system does). CanĄt tell you if all 1996 have this type. > > > > and I have read som horror stories about it. What's your > > opinion/experiences? > > No direct experience, but too many issues with sensonic to buy a > 7/8 year old car with it. I find it is a great car. Just donĄt forget that other problems will come up (water pump, wheel bearings etc.; typical worn parts). What kind of engine is in it? Dieter

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