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I have never been bagged out more in my life for buying a brand of car all the mechanics tell me how crap my saab is :(

Anyway the problems are these:

Worn front suspension bushes $400

Turbo leaking oil, new unit $400

Bad speedo cable $??????

Brakes sink to the floor $?????

And lotsa rust which i am in the process of fixing myself

Labour $400

And there are more problems I can't afford this!!!! I only brought the car is only a few weeks ago :(
 

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whoa man, sounds like you overwhealmed. if a mechanic tells you a saab is bad, leave! a saab is a very very good car that is starightforeward to work on when you find a non-idiot mechanic who knows what he/she is dooing. take things slowly, where do you live, i bet someone on here knows a good local shoppe for you. these cars aren't that expensive to keep up and repair and need repairs less often that other cars of the same era. sounds like these guys are trying to screw you and they don't have a clue wha they are talking about. i have been mocked before for having a saab by mechanics, i can be quite cold in thoes situations and i let loose and hurt the feelings pritty bad on one after i finally got him to tell me he drove a honda. make a list of most important to least important. if a turbo leaks oil into the intake that is normal, if it burns oil that is not normal but if the smoke sin't really bad it can wait a bit. if the turbo leaks externally that is more like cheap gaskets. i owuldn't bother trying to upgrade. find a good tech. who knows saabs who can walk you thru the car, i did this and feel very good about my car, i deal with 3 different mechanics, one for quick things i can't do myself, one for major reapairs, and the other for buying rare parts off and getting advice, as well as dooing diagnostics ect. works well!
 

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what you have to remember about Saab 900 repairs is that 99% of the mechanics out there have no experience with c900's - none.

So when they do a job for you they will be feeling their way through the repair, removing things that don't need to be removed, braking fragile parts, installing new bolts with incorrect torque settings, using the wrong fluids, ect, ect...

So my suggestion is you be very careful about the mechanics you choose, even the main dealer mechanics may be too young to have worked on a classic 900 - main dealers try to hide the difficulites from you so they can be worse in some respects.

The alternative is to buy the bentely manual and do it yourself. Speedo cable for example: attached to the back of the gearbox using 1 small bolt (10mm or something) goes through a rubber grommet on the firewall and then clips into the back of the speedo. An easy but time consuming job. Start by opening the speaker grill behind the speedo and you will see how it is attached.
 

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Just pace yourself......

and treat the car accordingly.
Most of what you posted about can be done by the D.I.Y.er.

Do the repairs in priority.

The Brake Master is the most likely for your sinking pedal. You can buy non genuine and fit it yourself,.....it's not that difficult.

The suspension bushes are relatively easy but need careful planning.
I've changed all my front supension bushes single handed. If you do change the Master cyl., the top bushes on the left side of the car will be easier to get to. Just undo the alternator and push it towards the compressor and the access to the left uppers is dead easy.

Speedo cable will be fiddley but there is no reason why you can't change it yourself.

The turbo I don't know about sorry, but just do a little at a time and you will get there.
The price of the parts here will always make you think twice but sadly there is very little in the way of cost effective generic alternatives.

You will have good and bad times like these. The joys of a 15 yr old car that previous owners have neglected!
 

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Looks like someone ofloaded a lemon onto you. Next time take some one along who know's about Saab's, there plenty of good/excellent examples out there, may have to pay a little extra to get one but it will be worth it.

Did you have a full service history with your's? You'll get the same with any car , if the previous owners neglected it, did'nt service at regular intervals your buggered. Paerhaps you should think about using this one as a parts car and looing out for another.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.....looks like no one else was going to say it.

I bough mine for £650, kind of money you'd expect to have things going, in 5 years i've had to replace the whole clutch (within a few months of buying it), followed by the front brake disc's, then the gearbox, exhaust manifold, rear shocks & front springs, turbo, just put a newer engine/box in, various bushing, etc etc etc.

One thing i would say though, i can't put a value on the amount i've learn't from working on the car, my machanical knowledge has grown a 100 fold in the last 5 years.
 

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what you have to remember about Saab 900 repairs is that 99% of the mechanics out there have no experience with c900's - none.

So when they do a job for you they will be feeling their way through the repair, removing things that don't need to be removed, braking fragile parts, installing new bolts with incorrect torque settings, using the wrong fluids, ect, ect...

So my suggestion is you be very careful about the mechanics you choose, even the main dealer mechanics may be too young to have worked on a classic 900 - main dealers try to hide the difficulites from you so they can be worse in some respects.

The alternative is to buy the bentely manual and do it yourself. Speedo cable for example: attached to the back of the gearbox using 1 small bolt (10mm or something) goes through a rubber grommet on the firewall and then clips into the back of the speedo. An easy but time consuming job. Start by opening the speaker grill behind the speedo and you will see how it is attached.

Very Wise advice Indeed
 

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car treatment in australia

I don't know how they treat cars in australia, but in the U.S., they tend to treat them pretty badly, possibly due to the large disposable income a great many U.S. citizens have over here. I just bought my 89 saab 900 a few weeks ago for $450 U.S. I have already replaced all brake pads, replaced the alternator,and adjusted the front transmission band, and I'm looking at replacing the power steering hoses. The main problem I've run into here is a lot of dumb looks when I go to the parts stores. Even Bap-Geon the foreign parts specialist didn't know the difference between the converter pan gasket and the transmission pan gasket, so I had to order it online. There doesn't seem to be many saab enthusiasts in this area, so this forum has been a great help to me. Stick with it do the work yourself, and I suspect you will find your car to be a joy once you eliminate the problems. Look at it pragmatically. The little bit I have driven my saab indicates that it is a well crafted car compared to some new cars I've driven, and at a far cheaper price.
 

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saab is a great car

you are capable of making the repairs on your car or at least most of them. example your bushings get a bentley manual I own a 1985 900t 16v saab and saturday i changed my cvc axles and disc brakes myself i am getting ready to work on my turbo and vacuum lines. I did a good job on the axles if I say so myself, I am not a mechanic I know a little about cars but nothing about saabs until now. As a mom I am telling you to try it takes a little patience but you can do it. Now the mechanic that told you that crap is apparently a dipstick, dont trust them or their estimates if you feel that youcant do what needs done get on the net and look for mechanics that have experience with saabs,personally if I were you Id give it a try.:D
 

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Body of my saab

The bady is in oustanding shape, no rust, no dents, and just some paint weat from the sun roof. I need new headlight assemblies though and the piece where the grill hooks on is messed up, fixable with salvage yard parts if I can find them.
 

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Every Car

in their own way, every car both sucks and is awesome at the same time. i had 9 different subarus:suprised; . they are hard to pull power because of the engineering of the flat 4 engine. gmc sucks because of the gas milage, but i love the low range 4wd, roominess and towing ability. i use it for my camping/fishing excursions. 1973 chevy nova sucks because you can watch the gas guage fall mainly because of the 383stroker that i had in it, it was faster than [email protected]#$, only on the dragstrip:cool: , it couldn't hold a candle on the mountain roads in colorado to my 900 though. toys, hondas, mitsu, nissan, subys etc. what can i say,"japcrap!" saab sucks because parts are a bit harder to find because not many shops work on them, but, at the same time, that's why i stayed with subaru for so long. saab is the same. it is a car that makes you think about what you're doing rather than buying and bolting on from a myriad of parts distributors. i have a 1987 baseline 900 with no reverse no a/c and half the lights either don't work or work when they're not supposed to. i will, however, with help from these guys here on the forum, turn this car into a real looker. also, you gotta love the retro look they all have, aside from having one of the smoothest rides i've ever known!!!:cheesy:
 

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if you have a garage and tools you should fix the car yourself its a lot cheaper but if you actually do repair the car yourself be careful and make sure you know what you're doing
 
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