Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 21:35:55 +0000 (UTC)
From: Craig's Saab C900 Site <>
Subject: Re: Okay, So I'm Dumb.....

"Rachel C." <onlyalittle5150nospamcom> writes: >Stupid. "Why won't my keyless entry work?" New battery in the remote? >DUH!! Helps to have the correct batteries. Note to self: Just because >it lights up, doesn't mean it works. :) 8-) Smack on ya bum! >Now, I've found a lovely 1985 Saab for sale ($500) and I love it! >Needs work.... We already Have a driveway full of cars.... (anyone >need a 1978 Alfa Romeo?) Should I go for it? Man at the SAAB yard says >No.... Anyone? Ok a few key things - does the car run and how well does it run? Has the current owner been open and honest about known problems? Does it come with a full or mostly complete service history from time it was first sold? 1985 c900's are rather notorious for wiring issues due to sub-standard looms used in that year, and also the A/C system used in the 85's was a Clarion system from Japan. They're also the first year that Saab sold the 16V engine while still producing 8V cars as well (8V's continued to 1989 I think). But if the car doesn't have body problems (my 85 has a bit of sill rust - sigh), the engine is good (is the car you're looking at an 8V or 16V?), and if you've been able to test-drive and give everything a thorough shakedown (engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, etc.), get the car checked by a proper Saab mechanic if you can before deciding whether or not to buy it. We're lucky here in Australia that rust is really only a problem near coastal areas, but in other parts of the world where winter climates are severe and roads get salted, rust is a major issue and you'd need to look carefully to make sure the bodywork is good, esp. underneath and anywhere around wheel wells, etc. where mud, dirt, water, etc. can sit without easily falling/draining away. Good luck! Craig. -- Craig's Saab C900 Page at | Craig's Classic Saab Workshop - Sydney .au | and other URL's Email: | For Saab 99/C900/9000 Enthusiasts World-Wide! Alternate: | Web-forums, galleries, library, links, etc.

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