Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 16:48:42 -0400
From: ma_twain <>
Subject: Re: Buying a used Saab...

Mac Townsend wrote: > Time does damage. > > Especially cooling system corrosion. if it was parked dry (no coolant at > all) then perhaps the damage is minimal. One fun thing about cooling > system corrosion is a bloewn head gasket, which on a SAAB is going to > cost about $2000 to fix (odds are you will need to find another head > that's not warped, since there's no meat on them to machine them flat > again (common to all OHC designs) plus all of the related stuff. > > I thought I was getting a good deal on the 93 I bought 3 months ago for > 1400. Now I know the speedo had been disconnected (when? dunno), I had > to spend $2300 for head gasket repair (incl a head), nearly a grand for > resolving a wierd ignition problem, etc. > > If I had known beforehand, I'd not have it today. Even so, I do enjoy > driving it. > So you spent $4,700 to get a 1993 Saab in driving condition. I spent more than that to get a 1993 900 in mint condition. But that is exactly why I paid the price, I did not have to spend any money or time to drive it. It could be worse, you could have bought a new on for $40,000 . . .

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