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Hi All,

on the test drive for the car i like,, 2.0 turbo

the abs light came on when i did a brake test.

it stayed on until i turned off the ignition..

if the abs is not working.. whats the worst case cost to have it fixed??

will it pass mot with duff abs

are ther known probs/ quick fixes for this??

re cam chain issue from earlier post the sound is more like a dry bearing type sound.. similar to an alternator type whirr

i thought it was waterpump/tensioner,,but when you get your head close to the rocker box it sounds like the front camshft has a dry bearing(the end where the w/pump is) it could almost be described as a rumble type sound)

does this give any more ideas as to the problem

matt (early morning insomniac)

(not sure whether to go ahead and purchase cos of the above) am i a pessamist or just unwilling to gamble..
 

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Hi Matt
To me, it's beginning to sound like a walk away job. Im on my 3rd 9000 I have had ABS problems on two of them, they were both old cars 89/90, the first fix was £59.00 the second nearly £600.00, if your good with cars take the chance,if not get it checked by someone who is or walk away, A little money spent getting checked before you buy will save you lots of heartache later on.

Mark
 

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Walk away. If this has not been attended to by the previous owner, and there are worrying noises emanating from the engine bay, what else has been ignored by the previous owner? What other corners may have been cut? Unless it is basically being given away (the world is NOT short of '89 9000s with over 140K), you're potentially taking a big risk. ABS light coming on could be caused by one or more of several things, including minor (but sometimes difficult to diagnose) wheel sensor problems up to needing a new pump. If the fluid has not been changed reasonably regularly, then it could easily be the latter. If you're dead set on it, then get it checked over by an independent Saab specialist.

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Paul W
 

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Agreed, I ignored the warning signals on my 89 Carly when I test drove it, poor braking, oil check lights etc. I ended up spending well over £4K in 2 years and the only improvement I made was to fit uprated brake discs and pads, most of it was spent just keeping the car on the road. I ended up selling it for less than 15% of the total cost of buying and running the car.

Keep looking, eventually you'll find something good at the right price.
 
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