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Well, I had to do it. I traded in my 91 9000 cd turbo. I had only had it since December after driving a 900 for a couple years.

When I bought the 9000 I had no idea I would get into the Iowa Writers Workshop and have to drive from WV to Iowa and back over the next 2 years. My wife and daughter are staying here in WV while I go ou there for school. When the air hose blew off my 9000 going up a busy, busy blind hill I had had enough. Seeing my wife and daughter standing in a cow pasture while I watched car after car nearly kill my 9000...well.

So I started tabulating the known repairs that i would have to make to the 9000 in the next year. Heater core, shocks, struts, AC, engine blow by, and more. I figured out that I could get a decent new car on payments for what i would pay in the next year to repair the 9000.

So I bought a 2005 Hyundai Elantra hatchback, which looks a lot like a gm 900. A good car, comfortable and waranteed for the next 5 years bumper to bumper.I had had a Hyundai a few years back and it was never in the shop once.

So I will probably come back to Saabs when I have time for a hobby car, but until then, safety first.

But I wanted to say thanks to everyone who helped me out over the past couple years. Good motoring all.

Jason
 

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Sorry about your 9K. They are great cars but with age... well you know as well as anyone.

Enjoy the Elantra, good to see you got the hatch :) version. Koreans have come a long way and now make respectable cars.
 

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Sad to hear, but very understandable. You're not leaving us for no good reason. Perhaps you can put some 900 badges on the hyundai and see if anyone notices.. :)

Perhaps we'll see you back around sometime, you know you'll be missing the Saab.
 

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hi guys I get the same feelings with my 9000 reliability is no were near as good as my old 7 series bm but I love saabs and persevere with it I'm always getting funny looks off my neighbours because i'm under the bonnet every other day but on the other hand I get a lot of interest about performance etc. Labour of love I guess!!!!
 
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Sorry to hear you go Jason, but hopefully you will be back.

To Redbryn; You obviously had a good 7 series because my 740 V8 was the biggest pile of automotive dog**** I've ever owned.

If I had to choose between death and running a seven series, I'd say 'hand me the gun'!
 

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yeah the v8's were crap I had the 730 with the straight six I actually swapped it for the saab I have now with my brother he was glad to get rid of it now I have all the headaches but I suppose he now has 18-20 mpg with the bm.... anyway always have preffered saabs but the gm900 I had gave me loads of trouble aswell I guess I'm just unlucky
 

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benji9k said:
Perhaps you can put some 900 badges on the hyundai and see if anyone notices.. :)
Hey that's not a bad idea. It really is uncanny how much the Hyundai folks borrowed from the 900 design.

Thus far the Elantra has been a pretty impressive ride, particularly for the money. Maybe by the time I get rid of it I'll actually be able to afford a new Saab. Maybe.
 

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redbryn said:
yeah the v8's were crap I had the 730 with the straight six I actually swapped it for the saab I have now with my brother he was glad to get rid of it now I have all the headaches but I suppose he now has 18-20 mpg with the bm.... anyway always have preffered saabs but the gm900 I had gave me loads of trouble aswell I guess I'm just unlucky
I had a 735i long ago, massively better made than a 3 series or any Saab, but priced higher as well. Saab turbos have much more soul though!
 
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