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I just purchased my first SAAB, a 1987 900s, red, with 156,000 miles, for only $1100. I have to say that I am extremely happy to become a SAAB owner. This is one of the coolest cars I've ever owned, and in unbelieveable shape for being almost 20 years old.

I love the way it handles too, and it shined up real nice!

It has some minor interior things that need to be repaired, liked the dash, glove box door, fabric door panels, and rear hatch cover fabric.

I'm wondering a few things, like which years have interior parts which are compatible, and where can I get some nice tan seat covers that aren't too expensive and fit well?

Steve Puma
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hey welcome to the forum! thats awsome, great cars, do you have a 16 valve engine? dash, seats, and headliner are common interior places to go. but the carpets come out very well after a good removal and wash they seem of high quality. you can purchase a dash cover for about $100 usd and i have only heard good results. of course for the same price or less you may be able to go to the wrecker and find a used dash with no cracks. the glovebox dors are a common place to bubble as well, once again a wrecker is the best bet. the car sounds very good, be warry of rust and tackle it quick, GROWS FAST on these cars. there is one requirement of course, you must post pictures and you can never give enough! also the engines are bulletproof providing you don't overkill on performance. the transmission are less than desirable but some hold up very well (mine orginal at 300,000kms and it does the trick!), even the less reliable automatics do ok sometimes.
 

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yeah the simplicity of the 8v is awsome, and i would love one again someday possibly in a 99 or something. the 16 valve looks much more modern and confusing, you will love the 8v and the car, i must warn you-it may become an addiction!
 

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cinemarr said:
is 8v better than 16v?
Those of us with 8V engines do love 'em :cool:

At the risk of starting an 8V vs 16V slanging match, I will make it clear that I did think carefully before penning the remainder of this. About the 8V engine, I will say, they're well put together, they're the pinnacle of re-engineering of the flaky Triumph original, they're easy to work on given only a few complete and distinct systems at work under the bonnet, they're reasonably tuneable and they're easy to maintain without the need for a local SAAB specialist garage (although, that is very handy for those of use with that luxury) :cheesy:

The 16V engine is a "one step beyond", well developed and advanced version of the 8V, offering more tuneability, higher power advances and a smoother, managed running action. They are more complex, with more interlinking systems that make troubleshooting difficult and confusing at times. Think of it as the engine that tamed and refined the 8V ... it purrs, now, whereas the 8V definately growled ... even, snarled ;)

thepuma said:
I'm wondering a few things, like which years have interior parts which are compatible, and where can I get some nice tan seat covers that aren't too expensive and fit well?
I'm pretty certain up to 1990 interiors are directly compatible. I know the seats changed somewhere around that date, but even the later ones could be made to fit with adjustment or replacement of the rails.

What shape did you get? The 2 door & 3 door are the "same", so to speak and the 4 door & 5 door, likewise. I know some people have also fitted SAAB 9000 seats into their C900s ... one I can think of straight away is a 5D 1987 model.
 

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Orca said:
Those of us with 8V engines do love 'em :cool:

At the risk of starting an 8V vs 16V slanging match, I will make it clear that I did think carefully before penning the remainder of this. About the 8V engine, I will say, they're well put together, they're the pinnacle of re-engineering of the flaky Triumph original, they're easy to work on given only a few complete and distinct systems at work under the bonnet, they're reasonably tuneable and they're easy to maintain without the need for a local SAAB specialist garage (although, that is very handy for those of use with that luxury) :cheesy:

The 16V engine is a "one step beyond", well developed and advanced version of the 8V, offering more tuneability, higher power advances and a smoother, managed running action. They are more complex, with more interlinking systems that make troubleshooting difficult and confusing at times. Think of it as the engine that tamed and refined the 8V ... it purrs, now, whereas the 8V definately growled ... even, snarled ;)
that was all very helpful. Far be it from me to start an argument, I was just interested is all.

thanks Paul.

ps: that turbo I test drove the other week must've been an 8v cause it was much louder, i thought there was something wrong with it.
 

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I think that's a very fair summary, actually. 8V were the original and are very good engines. They were then refined a bit - a couple of weaknesses were improved and some other stuff added to make the 16V. This did make them a bit more complicated, but certainly not compared to a modern car engine. Both 8V or 16V will happily do 250,000 miles, or put out a lot more power than stock, although 16V handle higher boost levels better. I don't think 8V are louder. That one you drove probably had a blown exhaust or middle box removed.
 
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