: Buying a 900
08-11-2001, 11:19 AM
I have finally decided to buy a 900, and would be grateful if someone could advise which model and specification is likely
to prove the least expensive to maintain! My parents owned 900 for years,but gave them up due to the cost. I would like to avoid this! My budget is limited to under 1000 pounds to buy it and half this for first year maintenance.
All suggestions are appreciated!
Look further back through this forum (use drop down menu on top right to see all topics), additionally, take a look at Simon Turner's http://www.saab-900.com where there is loads of specific info.
08-11-2001, 01:56 PM
A good compromise would be a post 87 900i, the 8valve is reliable and relativly cheap if you DIY, you also get the newer styling and better brakes on '88 on models. Only downside is heavy fuel consumption, expect 26mpg around town.
Nobody wants big cars, so good examples can be had for £500 or less.
08-12-2001, 12:17 PM
Thanks for the replies!
I have a few other questions:
I would like to consider an automatic. Would this be sensible- or best avoided at this price? Second, where is the best place to look for a car at this price, and finally, can you name any inexpensive but competent repair people around the South London/Bromley area?
08-12-2001, 12:30 PM
if you manage to get a cheap 900 auto, I've got a complete 900GLE for sale (parts only as the timing chain is going) in case you need anything. This is a '80 model, the engine type changed a year later - this is something to be aware of as the parts for the type H (?) engine are harder to come by.
08-12-2001, 10:01 PM
That would be the B-series engine, timing chain can rattle away for ages on these motors - duplex chains, only a problem if it's actually eating through the timing cover...
08-13-2001, 09:14 AM
Re the auto box, they are not the greatest in the world. If you are going for a normally aspirated car then I would definetely avoid them due to the loss of power through the box.
08-13-2001, 08:10 PM
the timing chain alone wouldnt be so bad, but the ring gear wont engage with the starter motor (badly worn).
Hence me trying (desperately), to sell this beautiful car. Maybe i'll win the lottery and get to keep it ?
08-14-2001, 06:24 AM
Thanks again for the comments. Where should I look for a good car? Loot and IXM are full of cheap ones, but is there a place where I have a better chance of finding one that has been well maintained?
08-14-2001, 11:15 AM
John What mileage? If you were nearer and had more space I might be tempted!
08-14-2001, 02:05 PM
Reference looking for a car you can try the classifieds here at www.saabs.co.uk (http://www.saabs.co.uk), the SOC website www.saabclub.co.uk (http://www.saabclub.co.uk) or www.saab-900.com (http://www.saab-900.com)
08-14-2001, 03:48 PM
last time I looked the car was on around 142,000 (ish).
Try and find the space eh? The cars clogging up my work's yard !
my ads are now at http://www.saabshop.co.uk/