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Hello everybody,

I will start out by saying that I am new to this forum. I have always loved Saabs and I now have a couple of questions about one in particular that is for sale right now. I've never owned a Saab before. The car in question is a 1971 Saab 96 V4. The first question I have is: Are parts for this car readily available and is the car easy to work on? I have never owned a vintage car before and I would really like to be able to have a car that I can work on and also something that has some character. I've also never worked on a car before but I have a friend who has a lot of experience and is willing to help me out with what ever car I choose to get. I was also debating whether this car would be driven in the winter as it will make it wear out a lot faster. I feel that because it is a car of Scandinavian Heritage that it is meant for winter driving. I live in Maine and the salt that is put on the roads is awful for cars. Do these cars rust out quickly? From what I've heard, these cars seem pretty hearty and reliable for older cars.

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Hello everybody,

I will start out by saying that I am new to this forum. I have always loved Saabs and I now have a couple of questions about one in particular that is for sale right now. I've never owned a Saab before. The car in question is a 1971 Saab 96 V4. The first question I have is: Are parts for this car readily available and is the car easy to work on? I have never owned a vintage car before and I would really like to be able to have a car that I can work on and also something that has some character. I've also never worked on a car before but I have a friend who has a lot of experience and is willing to help me out with what ever car I choose to get. I was also debating whether this car would be driven in the winter as it will make it wear out a lot faster. I feel that because it is a car of Scandinavian Heritage that it is meant for winter driving. I live in Maine and the salt that is put on the roads is awful for cars. Do these cars rust out quickly? From what I've heard, these cars seem pretty hearty and reliable for older cars.

Thanks!:)
Seems a little odd to push 40-50 year old cars through these awful New England winters? Just lined up a Sonett myself and the last thing I'm planning on doing is driving it in the snow! Frankly, there are a ton of cars better suited to be a daily driver.
 

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Getting parts is easier than I expected when I jumped back into vintage Saabs after losing my last one in a hurricane in 1989. Sometimes, it can be a little white-knuckle, but I'm finding the hunt to be entertaining and, almost always, educational. Apart from a few things I bother with myself on my 9-5 Aero, I open the hood otherwise, look at the engine compartment, and then immediately close the damn thing. On the 96, what you see is what you've got. There's nothing you can't do short of a professional rebuild, and to avoid that, go easy on your gearbox. Stay out of the salt, and enjoy it.
 

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I say go for it. Yes easy to work on. Yes fun to work on. And you will have something you can be proud to own. Just started on my own 71 wagon, and am excited to have her on the road soon. Feel free to check out my build and others here for inspiration. Good luck!
 
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