Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 23:46:27 -0600
From: "Jack F" <jacknopsamlid.invalid>
Subject: Re: Buying 1997 Saab 900 Coupe


We purchased our '95 900S (2.3L non-turbo, 5-sp) new in December 1994. It now has 154,000 miles on the odometer. The only major problem we've experienced was a torn rear seal at 110,000 miles. Replaced the clutch at the same time and its been dry ever since. There are a few small things to keep up with, like serp. belt pullies and clutch cables that should be replaced regularly. Some folks have experienced balance shaft pulley disintegration which clogs the oil pump intake screen. The resulting oil starvation can destroy the engine very quickly. But again we have logged over 154,000 miles and I still trust the car. In fact we bought a new 9-5 in 2001 because we were so impressed with the reliability of the 900. Go for a turbo, it's a lot more fun! Check out the 900NG (new generation) forum at www.saabnet.com for a bunch of good info. Good Luck! Jack "Andrew K" <kmitanopsammus.com.au> wrote in message news:3f4205ee_1nopsam.iprimus.com.au... > Hi > > I'm considering purchasing 1995-1997 900s three door with either 2.0L, 2.3L, > or 2.0L turbo petrol engines. > > I haven't done much research yet, but from what I've heard reliability my be > an issue with these cars. > > The used car values for 900 series are very competitive. Basically you need > to pay the same amount of money for a 1997 Corolla as you do for a 900s. > Corolla would have cost $20,000 new and 900s $40,000. These prices are in > AUD$ - Melbourne Australia. > > What I'm really trying to find out is are there any common problems with > these cars i.e. blown head gasket at 100000km or ECU blowing up after five > years etc. > > Any help from your newsgroup would be greatly appreciated. > > Kind Regards > Andrew > >

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