Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2005 00:47:57 -0500
From: "De" <>
Subject: 1988 Saab 900 5 speed questions

I recently got a 1988 Saab 900 5 speed 163k miles for free. It has been sitting for over a year but it started up with a fresh battery and some fresh gas. I was told by the owner that the cluth was bad and needed to be replaced. After getting it warmed up, I tried to get it to move in 1st gear but the shifter keeps popping out of gear. If I hold it in place, I can move about 3 feet then it feels like the car is hitting a rubber wall and will bounce back when I depress the clutch. I assume that there is some busted up gear or part that is jamming up the tranny internally and that is causing all my problems. It seems to have the same symptoms in all gears/reverse. What are my options? Should I look for a used tranny from a junkyard? Is there a rebuild kit available? Is it worth messing with this car? It runs really smooth and appears to be all there. The body is in great shape and in interior is good too. Just needs some transmission TLC I think. Any input would be appreciated. De

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