Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 18:01:39 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <pjghnopsamyonder.co.uk>
Subject: Re: information about saab 900 turbo 1992


in article slrnbsuo6q.10r.rotten_NOSPAM_nopsamam.pizzle.org, John B at rotten_NOSPAM_nopsam.org wrote on 04/12/2003 16:27: > On Thu, 4 Dec 2003 17:03:46 +0100, hugues wrote: >> >> i'm thinking buying a saab 900 turbo 1992, >> >> Else, what should i look on the car before buying? on the motor, steering, >> etc?what parts are fragile? >> > > My 1992 900 (non-turbo) just had the crankshaft pulley and timing chain > replaced at 115k miles. I think that's pretty typical. Currently also leaking > power steering fluid from somewhere. Other things I've had > fail in the last few years: power window motor, fuel pump, clutch, various > suspension components. I think all of those things should be the same on a > turbo, and that all of them are quite normal for a c900 of this vintage. > > Currently, my car is running perfectly (fingers crossed). Touching wood (so to speak) :) Matron! Back to the original poster: Power window failures are to be expected with age. I think it was Grunff that said the motors rarely actually break, but the mechanisms just seize up. I have had the actual cog bit lose teeth on all my 900s. Parts for Saabs are now selling repair kits. If it has an body kit, try to check there is no rust behind the side skirts. Look inside at the bottom of the doors. Look under the back seat for rust over the rear wheel arches. Look under the false floor in the for rust and/or standing water. You'll almost definitely find a golf tee under the false floor and/or foreign coinage :) Apart from the usual checks, like body rust, gaping holes, awful noises when running and excessive gearbox or turbo whine, if it runs well and you like it - go for it. 900 turbos should whistle, but if it sounds like a helicopter at full throttle, the turbo is kippered. If it sounds like a jet when under load in 3rd or above, the gearbox is on its way out. That'll give you at least an indication of whether it's a good buy or not for the price. There will be things to replace, but there are always with a second hand, 10+ year old car. At that age, a whole load of factors come into play as to how good the car is. Oh yeah, if it has an unusual smell, it's a good 'un. There's a buyers' guide over on Saab Central http://www.t.com/ and a lot of brochures, etc for you to peruse and get juicy over. Good luck with your choice, Paul 1989 900 Turbo S http://saab.go.dyndns.org/

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