Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2004 15:24:21 GMT
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: Terminal diagnosis but car still running, and due MOT - any advice?

Jez wrote: > > 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. Get the work done, then you'll have luxury transport for years to come. Use a proper workshop that know what they're doing. 70,000 miles is nothing much for this car, but you can expect that it need some attention which the previous owner didn't bother with for obvious reasons; that's why you only paid 2,500.

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