Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 20:42:21 +0200
From: "Per Laursen" <>
Subject: Re: Terminal diagnosis but car still running, and due MOT - any advice?

Slightly OT, but just to put your cost in perspective: Bought a 1995 9000 CSE 2.3 LPT in excellent condition with 150,000 km on it two years ago for [insert breath-holding pause here] the equivalent of around 15,000 - and was fairly happy (not a bargain, but considering the state of the car - ok). Spent on a brand new car, that would have bought me a KIA something. Poor KIA. Here in overtaxed DK we pay for 2.8 cars, but get only one.... Personally, I would happily pour anything less than 1000 a year into it to keep it running (hasn't happened yet, though). regards Per "Jez" <> wrote in message news:XcqZc.270$ > Hi, > > I have a 1996 9000 CD Eco Turbo with 70,000 miles on the clock. I bought it > 8 months ago for 2,500 and I do about 8,000 miles per year. > > It's been diagnosed with a faulty/deteriorating automatic gearbox pump, and > I'm told that the cheapest way to deal with it - recon gearbox - will amount > to well over 1,000 if I go to a Saab approved garage, and something around > that much if I go to a normal garage. I was also told (by a Saab approve > garage, second opinion from non Saab approved automatic transmission > workshop) that it might go on for several years with no more problem than > being noisy, and it might pack up tomorrow. It also has a cracked windscreen > (definite MOT failure) and is due four new tyres and who knows what else. > > I have to MOT it in two weeks. Does anyone have a view on whether I should > do any of the following: > > Just scrap it - it's not worth the gamble that it could pack up two days > later > > Pay for the MOT test, and if only the windscreen and tyres come up, pay for > those and hope the gearbox pump lasts long enough to justify it > > Pay for all that any fairly reasonable amount of extra work, e.g. > consumables like brake pads > > Take it through the MOT and then also pay for the gearbox pump repair if > it's necessary in the next year > > Any thoughts would be very much appreciated. > > Cheers, > > Jez > >

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