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Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2004 09:50:16 -0400
From: ma_twain <>
Subject: Re: What is 900 Sport S turbo worth?

Hans Lellelid wrote: > Fred W. wrote: > >>> I don't recall a "Sport S Turbo" model. In the early '80s there was a >>> base model - no letters after the name. The next model up was the "S", >>> which was for "sport" although the turbo owners called it "slow". Then >>> there was the "Turbo". >> >> >> >> I never heard that S stood for "sport", at least in the US market. >> When I >> bought a 900 new in 1990 it was a base model (so they definitel >> existed at >> that time), the "S" and "SE" models had additional luxury features like >> leather and sunroof as standard equipment, but nothing of a sporting >> nature >> that I recall. > > > I (in USA) own a '91 900S (n/a) 3-dr coupe which as is just a trim > difference from base 900. I have leather seates, seat heater, wipers on > headlights, cruise control, etc. -- but nothing that would suggest that > 'S' means 'sport'. A neightbor has a '91 900S Turbo that looks to be > exactly my car but with the turbo -- I'm jealous :) > > Probably an easy way to guage the year would be to look for the air bag > (I don't know off the top of my head when it was introduced, but I think > '89 or '90). > > Hans > > In the USA, the 1986 base model was the 8 Valve engine with no letters ater the 900. I had one and it was the last year of the inexpensive headlights and parking brake on the front wheels. Now that I own an SPG, the "S" certainly stands for slow. I looked at Saabs later and the 900 was discontinued a few years later, with the "base" model being the 900S, with leather and sunroof standard. I also have a 1990 900S, with the 16 Valve engine and parking brake on the rear axle (handbrake turns). The interesting story about the 1986 900 was the emissions testing. The technician put the front wheels on the rollers, got it up to speed and then made sure the parking brake on. The look of his face was priceless as he stalled the engine everytime . . . I did stop another technician when he put the front wheels of my rear wheel drive 245 on the rollers and was about to get it up to speed for the emissions test.

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