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Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 21:53:37 -0400
From: ma_twain <>
Subject: Re: Opinions on 1995 Saab 900S V6 Standard

I have a 1994 NG900 with the V6. I am selling the car because of the V6. Let count the reasons: 1. Timing belt either breaks or slips out of time - must replace before 30,000 mile or when it slips. If you don't you will need a new head shortly as well as a new timing belt. 2. AC tubing - there is one long piece that rubs on the engine. It develops a leak and is a major pain and expense to replace. 3. V6 design has flexible (read breaks from flexing) exhaust Y pipe - not expensive, but a poor design. 4. Oil cooler in built into the water jacket on top of the engine - a pain to replace and if it leaks . . . 5. Spark plug placement - major pain to reach the back 3, but not unique to Saab - common to GM engines, which this is . . . 6. DI Cassettes - two of them - twice the fun 7. Rough idle which could never be fixed - learn to live with it 8. Oil leaks . . . . Non engine issues: 1. Automatic transmission has electrical issues - expensive control unit 2. AC control panel and AC air flow motor are common failures - and not inexpensive 3. Ignition switch fails - car act as if it was just turned off - more fun at night on the highway (no lights) 4. Water collects on the hatchback, so when you open the hatch the water drips into the trunk PROs If you enjoy working on the engine, this is the car for you. All of the mechanical issues can be handled by frequent maintenance. If you do the labor yourself, it would not be terribly expensive to own. I had a Ford when I was younger. I learned alot, out of necessity, about how to fix a car and diagnose electrical problems. It was fun back then, but not now when I am older. The car does have very good seats and a reasonable suspension - better than a Camry but it is not remotely close to an SPG. With the manual transmission, this could be a fun car, as long as you can handle the engine issues. I have a spare headlight wiper, four snow tires on steel rims, and roof racks for this car, if you are interested. For a steal you could buy my car as well and use it as a parts car. Pull the engine so you have a ready replacement for yours when you need it. It also has many new parts: AC control unit, AC tubing, head, ignition switch, battery cables, battery, cruise control, brake switch etc. Devils Advocate wrote: > Thinking of buying one. > pros and cons > thanks > > >

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