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Posted by Notnoel [Email] (#23) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Notnoel) on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:43:19 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Convertibles - 88 SiS vs. 91 SE vs. 94 CE, stopsaabn [Profile/Gallery] , Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:41:29
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I used to have a 1990 and now drive an '88. I think the best year for the car is the 1989 - it has all the attributes of the 1988 cited above, but with the more modern LH2.4 fueling system, but not the troublesome ABS braking system or now ancient air bag system that are on the 1990 and later models. I much prefer the LH 2.4 fueling system to the older LH2.2 (much less tuning and much smoother idle in the later system).

You'll have to be patient to locate the rear bumper extensions for the SPG panels on FleaBay, but they do come up (or you can do as I originally did and modify those for the 3-door - its not really that hard). Expect to pay $350-500 for the SPG panels and hardware on auction. You can modify any APC box to red box standards (or better) for $10 in resistors by following the instructions at 900aero.com, and good used Mitsubishi turbo can be had for $150-250 on auction.

Far better (and easier)to cherry pick a great vert and give it that look than to find a gem from the "actual" SIS or SE population at a reasonable [price in good condition. There is no real collector value to these limited original models at this point, and if you're really planning to drive it (rather than make it into some garage queen collectible) that value quickly erodes with every mile you put on it.

The real cachet is driving a beautiful, well performing car, but YMMV. If you simply must have a limited edition, the 1988 SIS will likely give you fewer headaches (since it has simpler mechanics), and an equally glorious driving experience (in terms of performance).

BTW, I've been driving a 900 vert as a daily driver for 7 years and love it. Different strokes for different folks. It does have some visibility issues with the top up, but little silver dollar size blind spot mirrors solve a lot of that. I enjoy the cost benefit ratio of driving an older car.

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