Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 03:23:45 +0100
From: Anne Jackson <>
Subject: Re: SAAB 9000 new owner was Re: Have Saab reintroduced hatchback yet?

The message from "Charles C." <> contains these words: > Anne Jackson wrote: > > The message from "Charles C." > > <> contains these words: > >> Anne Jackson wrote: > > > I did once install Zimacs (your news browser a while ago but don't use > it). Can you see another message with the same subject line? I tried > to start a new thread for you but I had to post twice (I am not very > good at it). God. You are too close for comfort. Zetnet (are you > based in scotland?), amygdala for email address, and you got my car too :-) There were two posts the same, but in the same (new) thread... I'm in Perth, and bought my Saab in Dundee...if you are Greek, or of Greek extraction, (as your name implies) you'll know what 'amygdala' is, and where to find me, if you were to think about it for a while... this is getting spooky! > You probably have a 9000 CSE 2.0 litre LPT (where LPT is low pressure > turbo). LPT has been the commonest of the 2.0 litre cars, and more or > less standard in the final years of the 9000. > Up to about P plate (1996) you may have got an ordinary aspirated car > (not turbo). AT an M plate I have seen a non-turbo car. I think P is > going to be turbo. Yep, it says 'turbo' on the back door...that's usually a dead giveaway? > In a way it is a bit late for me (or anyone else) to tell you what goes > wrong with the car now that you have bought it :-) There is nothing > terribly important or unique to the car that goes wrong. The little light was on, indicating that I needed to fill the washer reservoir...I did, and the street had a fair bit of water coursing down it in short time... if that's all that's wrong, I can live with it. How easy is it to fit a new windscreen washer bottle? > Quality engine oil, regularly changed is important both because your > car has (?) a turbo that needs the oil, and a the top end (camshafts) > are chain driven. Any good quality oil will do? I usually leave the messier jobs to DH, he likes tinkering under bonnets, as long as it's nothing too technical. Sorest bit is going to be filling her up with petrol...last car was an LPG conversion. AND I had just put a new exhaust on it a couple of weeks ago... 8-( > The direct ignition cassette (probably red in your car) the bit on top > of the engine that may be red, is known to eventually fail (cost around > 200 with no change). Some cars - I have come across 2-3 cases in this > group - have a little rubber pipe connecting the clutch hydraulics from > the bulkhead to the engine which fails ... and then it can sometimes > cost an arm and a leg to put right (it did to me when my then SAAB > dealer decided to take me for a ride) ... My daughter's neighbour (and friend) has a Saab the same as mine, I have discovered, and he's also a mechanic... I may turn to him in time of dire need. I owned a scrap yard for a short while, once upon a long time ago, so I know a few 'handy' types...the ones that haven't died in the last few years, anyhow! ;-) > Nothing really is exceptionally bad with the car. It is a fine car > (well I would say so, as I have one from 18 months old and it is now > 10 years old). I have always preferred 'older' cars. They have so much more character, don't they! Of course I had access to many more of them, years ago. Never got many Saabs in the yard, though. That's usually an indication of a good car. -- AnneJ You may search my time-worn face, You'll find a merry eye that twinkles. I am NOT an old lady Just a little girl with wrinkles! - Edythe E. Bregnard

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