Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 06:52:42 GMT
From: Bob <>
Subject: Re: 900SE purchase advice!

On Sat, 27 Dec 2003 17:38:28 -0800, "Tony Curran" <> wrote: >I'm new to Saabs and am looking at buying a used '98 900 SE with 138000 kms >on it. >What should I look for when I take it for a test drive. I plan to take it to >a dealer or aftermarket mechanic for an inspection. Make sure whoever looks at it knows Saabs well. They will know what to look for. Check for vibration when accelerating or at speed. See how the clutch feels, it's about $1K to change. Check the climate control and make sure the A/C works. Check the seat heaters. Check the seat release controls if it's a 2 door. Test the CD player. Look for any oil leaks around the front of the head and under the tranny/driveshafts. Ask when the DI (direct ignition) cassette was last replaced (if ever). They tend to go after 70K miles. $400 at the dealer or $240 on the 'net + 10 minutes labor. Frequent oil changes and synthetic oil use is a plus. Ask them if they changed the coolant and/or thermostat. >Did these cars have timing chains (not belts) and how are the maitainance >costs? Chain. They do have a serpentine belt and idler pulley that tends to wear (what used to be a fan belt) . I advise replacing it at 50K intervals. About $75 in parts and a half hour of labor.

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