Date: Sun, 06 Mar 2005 20:21:38 -0500
From: "CasualBloke" <>
Subject: Head gasket in 900SE V6

Hi, I checked out a Saab 900SE for possible purchase today. Apparently it failed its emissions test and a blown HG has been diagnosed as the problem. It is a '95 with 54k "original" miles. Overall it is in good shape and the motor runs smoothly - consistent with the mileage. Asking price is $3500, as is. Current owner says he cannot afford to get the work done, which he says he has priced at $1000-1500 Thought I would take the advice form the group on this one. I have been a Saab owner previously so I know they can cost plenty. Does this seem like a reasonable buy. I am willing to take some risk. Also, is this a job that a person with reasonable mechanical aptitude and a service manual - I have done this type of work before, but on "classic cars", i.e. no elaborate engine management equipment. There are some questions that bug me, such as why would a car with 54k blow a head gasket? Overheating? If so, would that mean more serious head damage than just the gasket. All opinions welcome!!! Thanks. Cheers, Brian.

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