Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2004 05:09:13 GMT From: "James Sweet" <jamessweetnospamail.com> Subject: Re: Early 90's Saabs - reliable?
<han_chungnospamail.com> wrote in message news:1103687321.833694.242290nospam2000cwz.googlegroups.com... > Thanks for the very useful insight! I guess in terms of performance, > I'm not really fussed as the car will be used mainly as the second car. > I'm more after the safety features and what I had perceived as > European reliability, but the automatic transmission sounds like a bit > of a worry! > > Speaking of Volvos, that's another car I'm looking at. You mentioned > the ZF boxes were on the Volvos as well - are they common on autos > circa 1993? > > Sorry to get a bit off topic! > > Han. > The ZF 4HP22 4 speed automatic was used in some 740 and 760 models (but none of the turbos) in the mid 80's, by '93 they would all have the generally very dependable Aisin-Warner transmissions, the AW-70 or AW-71. You can tell easily because a car with a ZF will have 1-2-3-D on the shifter, and a car with the AW will have 1-2-D as well as a button on the side to lock out the overdrive. I don't know what transmission the newer FWD cars use but I haven't heard too many negative things about them other than the '93 850 which was the first year of that model.