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Starters up to 1984 sat under the exhaust manifold. In 1985 they moved the starter up high and on the intake side. In doing so the engine end plate that holds the starter is different. The physical size of the starter changed also along with the internal parts. I have worked on SAAB s for 50 + years and I can say I never heard of anyone using an 1985 or newer starter on an early pre 84 car. I truly believe that the end plates for locating the starters have different spacings as to the starter drive to ring gear on flywheel mesh. Meaning they don't mesh properly. finding 84 and older starters is getting harder. I would change the end plate to be able to use the later smaller starter, however that is a bit of a job.
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