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looked at a 95 n/a convertible today. i will say it seemed to be in very good shape with scuffs and scratches that looked standard for 136000 miles. two things really had me worried.:confused: first off, the top operated fine, and the owner said the motor had been replaced, but it did have a whine to it. i'm assuming that's normal in most cases and maybe it just needs to lubricated? other thing was this awful shimmy. it felt like it was from the right front tire, and it was enough that the wheel visibly shook when i let go of it. however, i would replace the tires anyway, and i'm hoping it's only an alignment problem if not the tires.

the car is going to our service place on wednesday to be checked out, but can anyone confirm that this isn't major stuff? it seems like a fantastic car, and i'd be very sad to turn it down becuase of the top and steering possibly wearing out.:cry: official results will be on wednesday, but i'm hoping other convertible owners can comfort me in my observations.:)
 

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looked at a 95 n/a convertible today. i will say it seemed to be in very good shape with scuffs and scratches that looked standard for 136000 miles. two things really had me worried.:confused: first off, the top operated fine, and the owner said the motor had been replaced New ?, or one from a junk yard ?, but it did have a whine to it. I'm assuming that's normal I do not know about that... in most cases and maybe it just needs to lubricated? other thing was this awful shimmy. it felt like it was from the right front tire, and it was enough that the wheel visibly shook when i let go of it The joints and or bushings must be totally shot... however, i would replace the tires anyway, and I'm hoping it's only an alignment problem if not the tires.

the car is going to our service place on Wednesday to be checked out, but can anyone confirm that this isn't major stuff? it seems like a fantastic car, and I'd be very sad to turn it down because of the top and steering possibly wearing out.:cry: official results will be on Wednesday, but I'm hoping other convertible owners can comfort me in my observations.:)
She will need major front end work, apparently, but first off, assure that the wheel(s) is properly mounted..
Shimmies occur at speed , around 55 mph...grabbing a tire at that speed takes a real dare-devel...lol....lol...:cheesy:
She may need an alighment after the front end is checked out.
 

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With a '95 you should think about corrosion if in

the rust belt, also, what kind of money we talking here, first number should be a 2......

Top issues can be very major $$$$ unless you are prepared to jump in and do it yourself. Part are typically horendous money, but there always Ebay....

http://www.saabservices.com/saab_tonneau_cover_trouble.html?gclid=CJ6RipvX_Y8CFQlxOAodpgaWKg

And that's one of the cheaper motors, there are five total but tonneau seems to give the most trouble.

here's the rest of 'em....

http://www.thesaabsite.com/900new/NG900Convparts.htm


The tonneau motor makes noise/fails because the mounting plate to which it attaches becomes deformed over time. You can deform it right back again for no money, and lube it up at the same time. If you pay someone to do it figure an easy three hours, but it is hard to find people who are interested in this job, it is do-able for a patient DIY person, like me for example. I had to do it three times to get it right however....The Saab re-inforcing kit is usually present already, but even with the kit the plate deforms over time. If it isn't there it is very cheap at the dealer, under twenty bucks....

http://www.genuinesaab.com/psi/files/900+cv+top.pdf


Good luck,

John
1997 900S 2/3 5 speed 'vert
 

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well i'll see. car is going in tomorrow. i can tell you the tires will be replaced anyway (whether they're an issue or not). i guess i'll be hearing about the suspension tomorrow, but weren't the bushings easy to replace? at the mileage the car has, i'd probably replace them anyway. i'll also ask our saab mechanic about the top.
 

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had the car at the shop today. never in my life have i been so saddened.

so the wheel shimmy? well. one tire was worn to the belts and 3 of the wheels were bent. tires would go anyway and i'd want new wheels anyway. BUT apparently theres a leak in the steering system. all bad? only if the steering rack itself is whats leaking.

that was the least of the problems, and here is when i got sad. rear shocks were leaking, the valve cover was leaking, and it was suspected that the head gasket was on its way out. this all compounded by the fact that the '95 top is known for having issues.

i thought i was gonna cry while driving the car back to the owner's place. :cry: all the repairs it would need would account for the more than its price. so yes i am indeed very sad to not be able to buy a convertible from someone i know who loves this car. the search continues...
 

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How much was it for? if he was asking a low price and you can reduce it a bit because of the repairs, you can buy it and fix it yourself. If not and you can't do DIY work, stay away. It sounds like it needs lots of repairs.

Good luck :cheesy:
 

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i will say i am young so my parents are helping me with this as well. they plan to present the list of repairs to the owner. who knows? maybe they'll reduce the price or maybe they'll get the repairs, adjust the price according to the current value and the repairs, and then put the car back on the market. that would be nice, but i don't know. i'm mostly afraid of the possibility of the head gasket failure simply because of how much it is to repair. :x
 

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i would stay clear, who knows what other damage has been caused by driving with the wheels unbalanced and shocks etc, unless you are a keen DIYer, and the price is really good, how much is it???

I'm sure another one will come available...
 

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Well the machanic said that the head gasket is on it's way out so that part is bull :eek: (Unless he can predict the future and in that case ask him for the winnig lottery number next week ;) ) A head gasket is either blown or not!!! There's no "on it's way out". The head gasket is maybe weeping oil or coolant but that means you can retighten the head bolts and that cures it if the leak is very minimal. This happens at around 100K typically and the bolts need to be retightened (with changing the bolts as a must) before it's too late.
 

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alright not on its way out per say, but something is leaking oil, and the head gasket is the suspect if buying a new valve cover doesn't solve the leak.

oh i forgot more problems. the brake pads are worn enough to become unsafe really quickly, and the muffler is rusted (which i see as an excuse for glass pack since i love the burble sound). if it was ever worth the repairs, i'd put on a glasspack myself to avoid the cost of having the shop putting on a normal one for me.

i'll figure it out, but it looks REALLY doubtful that this car is worth that i would have to pay to repair it. you can obviously tell that i still want it though since i'm still talking about it.
 

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i'm in indy, so finding a decent saab is practically impossible here.:(

i actaully considered something earlier. any car over 5 years old will need repairs of course, but are all the repairs i listed normal for a 12 year old saab? the person who owns it now really cares for it, but only bought it three years ago. really, i need to discuss plenty of things over with some specialists i know, see how i could save money with what i might be able to repair myself, and mostly see if the repairs are worth it. the prospect of the head gasket being what is leaking oil still scares the living sh!t out of me.

like i said, i'll see, but i have my doubts. that'll probably be what i say for a long while until i either finally buy the thing or find another convertible in the area. yes, my heart is set on a convertible. with the chevy i have, compromises are a no-no.:nono;
 
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