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Hello,

I am currently thinking about buying an old Saab 900 as a second car (probably a 1987 - 1992 model). I have seen quite a few but am not really sure if there are any specific problems that I should be looking out for. I know that these models suffer from rust at the bottom of the doors and sagging headlining but is there anything else I should be looking out for?

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Try and get a turbo, manual transmission, ideally from 1990-1993. Before that date is fine as well but later ones had stronger gearboxes. With cars after 1990 you might see some called LPT or 900 S. These are Light Pressure Turbos and are usually in better mechanical shape than full turbos but can be upgraded to the same power quite easily. On any 900 transmission is the main issue. Check that it engages every gear, doesn't pop out of any and that there are no ominous whining noises.

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Thanks for all your help guys. The buyers guide is really useful and has given me an idea of things to check. Think I am probably going to go for a 90/91 2.0 16v model as have seen a few about for sale locally. Also as this car will be used for commuting up and down the motorway I am looking for it to be relatively "economical" and cheap to run (am a bit worried that turbo cars may be more expensive to repair if they go wrong). :confused:
 

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There's not much difference between repair costs for turbo or non-turbo. Same with fuel economy - unfortunately these are not the most economical cars. They are quite heavy and all have 2 litre engines which could not realistically be described as economical by today's standards. You should get between 26 and 30 mpg on the motorway in a turbo, maybe slightly more in a non-turbo. Of course with a turbo car you'll keep flooring it because it is fun, which won't help with fuel consumption. An LPT is a good compromise if you see one about, but the main thing to go for is the car in best condition for the price, regardless of turbo or not.
 

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After 21 years of Saabs.. THE most important thing in buying a Saab is: ONE owner... and secondly low miles, Ignore at yr own risk.
It will still be an 'expensive' to own car.. but at least you have a decent chance.
 
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