Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 16:28:20 GMT
From: Saab Guy <>
Subject: Re: how to buy a used 9000 CSE (There was a wiper for the C900, VERY rare)

There was a wiper for the C900, but it was for some reason, VERY rare. You know that plastic circle on the bottom of the C900 hatch glass? The hole in the center was popped out and the wiper installed. I looked and look for this, but never found one! SG How could the Saab > brain surgeons leave out a rear wiper??? > > How to buy a 9000 > Get the last generation: 93-98 (98 was the best year). Get the hatch; > much more practical. The top end Aero is not really worth the extra $. > Don't be a baby, get the manual 5 spd. Better gas mileage, better > performance, more reliable, more FUN. I never drove a manual till I > bought my first car. Drove it home from the dealer; stalled only once. > A manual becomes automatic after about a week as they say. > > Replace the spark plugs RELIGIOUSLY at 12k miles or risk losing the > Direct Ignition cassette ~US$350.) They tend to go unpredictably. I > carry a spare. Easy to replace. > > There are certain failure trends to expect. > > At ~100k miles: the ACC blower motor goes. Not cheap to replace but as > long as you're in that area do the heater core too. The engine mounts > start to get mushy. Replace them or replace the tranny. Replace the > plastic shifter collar & spring. The exhaust should be about shot. > > 150k miles: The clutch on my 88 9000S went at 125k miles, on my 93 > 9000CSE at 155k. Somewhere in there you should replace the clutch AND > hydraulics. Some say to replace the timing chain others say to wait > till you hear a rattle. You decide. Probably a good idea to replace > the starter & alternator brushes. Smooth sailing from here > on........... > > A good strategy is to get a high mileage car where these issues have > already been addressed. > > Keep in mind a Saab is not a Toyota or Honda. It's only as good as > your mechanic. If you want to go broke use a Saab dealer. I suggest > you find an independent specialist. If you're in the NYC area I HIGHLY > recommend Roland who owns Swedish Saab repair on Atlantic & Classon in > Brooklyn (917) 543-5438, (718) 622-3838). Highly competent and > scrupulously honest. How often can you say that about a car mechanic? > Have him check it out BEFORE you buy it. > > You're welcome. > > -G

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