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1985 900 SPG...take the plunge?
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Posted by Clay McNeely [Email] (#497) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Clay McNeely) on Fri, 10 Jul 2009 08:29:31 Share Post by Email
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I've been in the market for a pristine (almost show-car quality) C900 for quite awhile now. I've had a 1987 900S and a 1990 900 Turbo...and I absolutely LOVED both of them. I've recently come across a 1985 900 SPG in mint condition, no cracks in dash, with Carlsson bumpers. I am aware of the wiring harness issues with this particular year, but is there anything else I need to look for specifically? I did a lot of work to both my 1987 and 1990 C900, so I do know the usual items of concern, but there were a few changes from 1985 to 1987.

Also, what would be the value on a showroom-quality 1985 900 SPG? I have very few details about the car right now, but we'll assume it has about 150,000 miles on it. I just don't want to take the plunge and have something come up and surprise me just because the 1987+ 900 didn't have "that" problem.

How does a 1985 SPG compare to a 1990 Turbo in terms of performance, handling, etc. I've read about all of the changes (turbocharger make, supsension, etc.) between the years, but don't have any hands-on experience in comparing them. I also see that parts availability is a bit more limited for a pre-1987 900...has that been an issue with anybody on here?

Any additional feedback, comments, and/or concerns are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for the information. Drive safely and KEEP ON SAABING!!!

-Clay McNeely

Current
1974 Saab Sonett III - not yet named - 86,786 miles

Past
1996 Saab 900 SE Turbo - "Kathryn" - sold with 176,020 miles
1990 Saab 900 Turbo - "Katarina" - sold with 261,632 miles...and going strong!
1987 Saab 900S - "Katie" - RIP
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