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  • I just picked up a 90 Saab 9000 turbo two weeks ago. The car was sitting for five years. It cleaned up really nice. It’s a automatic with 203200 miles.
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Nice.

The only thing I would say is, I put clear corners on my 93, 9000 griffin.

Really sets it off nicely, but I guess it is in the eye of the beholder.

For what it is worth, my 2 9000 CDs were the nicest ride of my Saabs.
I still have a CSI, the griffin and a 92 900s vert. Monte Carlo Yellow.
 

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Thanks ! I was thinking about putting clear corners on it and maybe putting some aero wheels on it. I’ve always wanted a 9000. I wanted a manual hatchback but now that I have this automatic CD I really like the look of the saloon 4 door. I was amazed at how little I had to do to it to put it back on the road after sitting five years. The car rides really good and the automatic turbo has good power.
 

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Looks like we have sister cars. I think the CD wheels are better looking than the 3-spokes, but that's my opinion. The 5-door is easier to find hatch parts for than the trunk but you get a solid deck for audio modifications which I know I will be making. OH, how is the rear decor panel looking? Mine was repainted once already and I've had to strip it. Still trying to decide how I want to handle that since it's look bad with nothing on the rear trunk face.
 

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The car's interior was punished by the sun so the dash has a crack down the middle, the rear deck looks bad and my seats are dried and cracked. I purchased a dash cover and a rear deck cover. I'm going to try your methods for repair on my seats. The wheels are growing on me so I might keep them. a friend is willing to sell me the three spokes for a good price.
 

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I would like my car to look like this when I’m done with it. I like the looks of the three spoke in this pic.
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The car's interior was punished by the sun so the dash has a crack down the middle, the rear deck looks bad and my seats are dried and cracked. I purchased a dash cover and a rear deck cover. I'm going to try your methods for repair on my seats. The wheels are growing on me so I might keep them. a friend is willing to sell me the three spokes for a good price.
The seat covers are a lot of work to repair but if you only have torn stitches you can hand-sew the panels back together with upholstery thread. Get a heavy duty thimble and a repair needle set with the large and curved hand needles. If you are unsure about the edge stability of the panels you can go back after you sew them in and glue leather or vinyl patches over the seams about 2 inches into the panel spaces. Hot soapy water soak will help soften and clean the leather. You can apply oil to the front and the back if the material is really dried out. Automotive leather is always coated in a polymer wear layer so if the surface is extremely degraded, cracked and peeling you will have to either replace the panel or perform a color-matched restoration for the whole seat section.
 

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As far as dash repairs I'll be looking at mine soon and deciding how much will be left as-is and what I'll be willing to risk. I have minimal crack repair experience but I have installed pre-formed cover skins and repaired PVC door panels and re-dyed them. Usually when you have pvc crusted impact foam dash tops, and they split, they never look right again even with hot patches. If mine is really bad it may get structural repairs and a real leather skin since I have a huge piece of black leather laying around.
 

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I’ve been enjoying this car, maybe a little to much. I thought that It was out of the hibernation phase after 2500 miles with no issues. I now have a bad oil leak from one of the oil cooler hoses. I removed them both and it was a pain to get to the oil filter housing. I don’t see anywhere that has new hoses. I am going to try to get them reconstructed at a place I’ve used before that specialize in hydrologic hoses.
 

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I had a very hard time trying to find a hydraulic shop that would fix my hoses. I went to at least 10 shops. Finally a Napa machine shop fixed them for me. The oil cooling lines are no longer available anywhere! I have never had such a hard time getting a part for any of my Saab’s.
 

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