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Old 5th December 2004
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just got the new 89' 900 tubo 16 valve for door today! one word to describe (WOW)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8 month old regular unleaded gas i'm getting full boost! needs the new engine mount bad! it is a shaky saab! anywho the car is amzing, cruise works, heated seats work, good shape, found minor cracks on dash (any ideas on a good filler???) NEEDS A LITTLE tlc BUT I WANT TO RESTORE THIS ONE!can't describe in word how it makes me feel when i drive it, just amazing. i will post pics and most likely problems about it tomorrow!
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Congratulations! Glad to here someone that wants to fix it up got it.

I bought my '83 turbo sedan in a similar state. Mine was more mechanical problems but near perfect body. One and half years, around $2000, many many hours, and I have a an awesome car unlike any other on the road.

Very rewarding.
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Default Forget the filler

My advice on the dash: forget the filler! It's frustrating to get right and it never looks good enough to me. When the cracks get bad enough, just get one of these covers for US$130 and bolt and glue it on. Looks like a brand-new dash in a hour or so!

http://www.saabsite.com/900old/c900Dashparts.htm

I'm glad that you're happy with the car.

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oh wow my new saab has issues what a surprise!
1) TURBO- when the guage spools down it makes a moan when it gets below the yello, sounds like a wolf how??? what the heck is that?
2) left rear door doesn't open from inside, common issue that causes this?
3)i know i have a busted engine mount, can this cause viration under aceelration, especially when wheels are turned?
4)shocks are a bit soft, but not shot (no bouncing), drove 4 people tonite, bottomed out on speedbumps, how much to repalce, or an easy DIY?
5)interior overhaed lights don't work, good fuse and bulbs, ideas?
6)do i need to let my turbo cool down boefore turning the car off?
7) most likely more to come!
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oh wow my new saab has issues what a surprise!
1) TURBO- when the guage spools down it makes a moan when it gets below the yello, sounds like a wolf how??? what the heck is that?
2) left rear door doesn't open from inside, common issue that causes this?
3)i know i have a busted engine mount, can this cause viration under aceelration, especially when wheels are turned?
4)shocks are a bit soft, but not shot (no bouncing), drove 4 people tonite, bottomed out on speedbumps, how much to repalce, or an easy DIY?
5)interior overhaed lights don't work, good fuse and bulbs, ideas?
6)do i need to let my turbo cool down boefore turning the car off?
7) most likely more to come!
1) I have the same issue - I've been told it could be a leaking throttle spline seal. Maybe. Seems to happen when it goes from boost to vacuum and vice versa. Doesn't seem to affect performance though.
2) Probably the pin has dropped. Look in the tech help section for Fred's guide on door rehab.
3) Could do, but it is more likely worn inner drivers that cause a wobble under acceleration.
4) Probably sagging rear springs rather than shocks, but it's worth replacing shocks and springs together. 20 per spring, 32 per shock (Sachs Advantage Sports dampers).
5) Corrosion on terminals?
6) Yes, for 30 seconds after a normal drive, up to 2 minutes after really pushing it.
7) OK
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1) TURBO- when the guage spools down it makes a moan when it gets below the yello, sounds like a wolf how??? what the heck is that?
This could be the 'hooter valve' diaphragm. The hooting noise is common to all turbos as they change from negative to positive boost (and vice-versa). SAAB fitted a diaphragm to stop the noise but it has no affect on the performance if it has split.
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That's true, I overlooked that as I've removed mine. They only hoot when they fail. There's some details on it on www.townsendimports.com in the Turbo folder.
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Well, now that you're driving a turbo Saab, it's a whole different culture

The howling is probably the standard Bosch turbo bypass valve that's fitted on all turbos. The original design seems to make a lot of hooting noise. And even the upgraded Bosch design seems to do something similar in terms of howling. Mine used to howl like crazy. I recently replaced my hooter valve with a billet Aluminum bypass valve from Forge, and no more hooting, just a little whistling when the turbo spools up and spins down. Some whistle is normal on our turbos, but you're probably talking about your stock bypass valve.

Yea, vibration under accel is hardly your engine mount. It's the drivetrain.

With the turbo, never kill the engine as soon as you come to a stop. You need to let the turbo spool down and idle a little while it's getting cooled at its idle speed. If you kill it while it's spinning at speeds much higher than idle, you cut off the oil supply to the bearings and the oil will cook and coke up, clogging up oil passages - not good. So better to be on the safe side and wait a minute or two and take it easy driving when you know you're about to park your car.

Congrats on your purchase!
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2) left rear door doesn't open from inside, common issue that causes this?
Have you checked the child safety lock?
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child safety lock? where and how? i have no maual for this car, if anybody has an 89' manual they don't need let me know! also i noticed if i turn the steering wheel all the way it sinks into position and doesn't spring back like on my old 84', what is that? i have to actually pull it back around. i read in the archives about junkers typically having their manuals, however, we have none in the auto yard that i can source.
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Open the door and look at the lock mechanism. There is a small, metal leveler (spelling?) there you should be able to move up or down with your finger tip to turn off the child safety lock.

The child safety lock is a feature to prevent children to accidentally open the doors. Thus if activated you can not open the door from the inside.
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What were you driving before? I opted for the T16 myself right off so Ive never driven a non turbo saab before... Sometimes I try to imagine what it would have been like not to have a turbo while Im driving mine... but then I hit boost and forget all about it
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but then I hit boost and forget all about it
amen to that
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