Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 18:18:22 GMT
From: "Dave" <>
Subject: Re: information about saab 900 turbo 1992

I've got an '83 900 Turbo 8V too, have driven it for about 10 years. For the service manual, spend the money and buy the Bentley manual. They are about $70USD. I am selling my car, and would happily sell you my slightly used manual for $45USD. Let me know if you are interested, otherwise I'll put it on eBay. I have 310,000km on mine, original timing chain. Mine is an automatic, and I did need to have the transmission rebuilt at about 225K (>$3,000). My impression from reading this newsgroup is that this is not uncommon on turbo-charged Saabs. I have replaced the radiator, fuel pump, injectors, injector lines, battery, CV inner drivers (expensive), ball joints, tie rods, oil cooler high-pressure lines, plus your normal tune-up parts. It has had the odd electrical problem, (tough to diagnose, cheap to fix once you find it). Also replaced entire exhaust from manifold back over the years. My manifold is cracked but expensive and difficult to replace. On the positive side, this car is built ROCK SOLID. Slam the back door and it sounds just like it did rolling off the assembly line 21 years ago. Power windows, door locks, mirrors, all still work. Heated seats need new elements but they'd work if I wanted to invest $300 or so. The engine is solid, but... there are quite a few electronic parts, particularly having to do with exhaust emissions controls. As this is a pre-1985 (read pre-OBD) vehicle, there is no ECU to monitor what's working and what's not. All the tests in the manuals are INDIRECT tests, i.e. you test all the inputs to a particular relay. If they are all correct, and certain symptoms persist, you ASSUME the relay is bad and replace it. It can get expensive as there are lots of relays and other components whose failure causes similar symptoms. It's sort of halfway between the cars of the '70's -- which were very simple, carbeurated (for the most part), engines, hardly any electronics -- and the cars of the late '80's where you had onboard electronic diagnostics to help you out diagnosing electronic problems. Lately my turbo is making strange sounds, hopefully doesn't die as before I sell the car. Oh, yeah, my power steering rack has leaked for about 7 years. My mechanic has been trying to get me to replace it but the way I see it, I spend about $5 for a bottle of power steering fluid every 6 months or so vs. $400 for a new rack. Overall a good car, but plan on learning all about it and doing a fair bit of servicing yourself to keep your costs down. This newsgroup is an incredibly useful resource in that regard. Make sure to check out the drivetrain/suspension parts, such as the ball joints and tie rod ends. If your inner drivers need replacement, you can feel the car shake when under load (going uphill) while turning. Dave "hugues" <> wrote in message news:bqnlt8$pof$ > hi everyone, > > i'm thinking buying a saab 900 turbo 1992, > > has anyone got a .pdf service manual that i could download? > > Else, what should i look on the car before buying? on the motor, steering, > etc?what parts are fragile? > > > Thanks for your help and sorry for bad english!! > > > Hugues > > Remove NOSPAM and .invalid from reply-to address > > >

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