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#1 OFFLINE   Milford Cubicle

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 04:34 PM

I bought this sage green 900i 8v for £345 on the 'Bay, probably a bit too much but it has got 5 months tax and an MOT until October, added to that, it is my favourite Saab bodystyle, it's very clean apart from a few bubbles of rust, and it's just old enough to be covered by classic car insurers (£19 a month hooray!).
Despite rumours of mega-understeer from the pisspoor 'Honest John' website I found it very neutral to drive on the way back with lots of body roll accompanied by plenty of grip from both ends, it's quite fun to drive in a strange way.
The engine is workmanlike, and has a strange electric-style whine but it propels the 900 along pretty well and doesn't use as much fuel as I was expecting.
Unfortunately it's lacking the stuff I like, like original dealer plates, the ones on it right now are in some terrible Comic Sans MS-style font and supplied by the Saab owners club no less, and dealer stickers.
It also struggles to idle sometimes (any ideas?), and there's a grating noise coming from the nearside wheel when rounding right-hand bends.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 04:49 PM

Looks pretty tidy for £350...must be a wheel bearing or knackered bush causing the noise at a guess.Where did you take the photos??
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 05:10 PM

I've had a quick nosey and the bushes, boots, etc. look OK and the wheel is solid if shaken. Could be brake-related as it grates a bit when braking to a stop too.I took the photos at an abandoned Victorian whisky distillery, like you do. :wink:

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 05:22 PM

I've had a quick nosey and the bushes, boots, etc. look OK and the wheel is solid if shaken. Could be brake-related as it grates a bit when braking to a stop too.I took the photos at an abandoned Victorian whisky distillery, like you do. :wink:

Where is it??
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 05:24 PM

In Scotland :wink:

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 05:28 PM

It's in Carron, Morayshire. I have some interior shots if you're interested. :P

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 05:40 PM

Ooooh, a slightly scruffy Saab.Luverly! :P My "Shite to buy" list keeps getting longer and longer!
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 05:52 PM

Check that the driveshaft nut and wheelnuts are tight.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 06:10 PM

Nice Link MC - another 28DL forum member??See you have been to Pyestock too, awesome place. :)
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 10:44 PM

Nice one Milf - welcome to the wonderful world of Saab 900 ownership! I too am always pleasantly surprised by the way these things handle - there's no logical reason why they should be as good as they are. The whining noise from the engine is normal for a 900i, it's just the way they are. Difficulty idling when hot is a common problem too - my Turbo ofen threatens to cut out when stopping at lights, although it's never actually done so yet. So go on then, 'fess up - how many times have you tried to put the ignition key in the steering column since you bought it? :wink:

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 08:47 AM

Only three times! :oops: You can see light scratches on the steering column where previous drivers have tried it too.What's the root of the low idling when hot issue? There's a guide on 'SaabCentral' but it only seems to cover high idle problems.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 02:27 PM

Is the ignition in the centre console? D'ya know, I think I remember that! It's been 15 or 16 yrs since mum had her old V reg 900i and I was about 10 at the time!

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 08:12 PM

Indeed it is RegRit.V-reg 900i? Must have been a 99.I want to be like Eric Carlsson

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 08:17 PM

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 08:18 PM

Not too much like him I hope- his nickname is Carlsson on the roof.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 08:48 PM

V-reg 900i? Must have been a 99.

Not nessecelery. My 8-valve 900 Turbo is on a T plate. Think the 900 came out in 78.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 12:22 AM

SP reg means its from Fife,the only Saab dealers in Fife is (was) St Clair motor company in Kirkcaldy.They are still on the go,but no longer Saab dealers-the guys were very helpful when I had my T16S-maybe worth a call to get some info and stickers/plates for it!
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:04 AM

the characteristic whine noise is the final drive - uses triplex chain transfer!I loved my T16S, for it's size it certainly handled better than most stuff...also loved the fact in 3rd gear it did 50-70 in 3 secs dead

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:30 AM

V-reg 900i? Must have been a 99.

Not nessecelery. My 8-valve 900 Turbo is on a T plate. Think the 900 came out in 78.

Good point, I forget how old the 900 actually is, and how much the 99 and 900 overlapped - my friend has one of the last 99s and it's on an 'A' plate.Nice site Mr. B0ll. They only seem to be interested in drivers of minivans with overly tinted rear windows though...

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 09:17 AM

V-reg 900i? Must have been a 99.

Not nessecelery. My 8-valve 900 Turbo is on a T plate. Think the 900 came out in 78.

Good point, I forget how old the 900 actually is, and how much the 99 and 900 overlapped - my friend has one of the last 99s and it's on an 'A' plate.

Mum's was a 79/80 car. They went back as far as T suffix, possibly S, not 100%. Besides the 1994-99 Saab 900 was a very different proposition which had more in common with the 9-3 which replaced it, would it have still had the ignition in the centre console? Mind you, I'm trying to think about dad's 9-5 & I'm starting to think that all Saabs have a centre console ignition, always have & probably always will!

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:57 PM

9000 had key in conventional place. GM900/9-3 had it in centre console and needed to be locked in reverse. The 2007 9-3 I had until recently retained the central location but didn't lock it in reverse.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:06 AM

Nice buy. I've a pair (84 & 89) 16v turbos -completely different characters. 89 has just been recommissioned after the clutch failed, necessitating a new plate, pedal assembly and slave cylinder...Poor tickover when hot seems common, as does misfiring at higher revs. I think the electrics need to be scrupulously correct- I often find cleaning the rotor arm tip helps temporarily. Pattern rotor arms dont seem to imporve things so genuine spec needed.Good luck with it -nice buy of a good car
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 11:15 AM

Hope your wife's OK after the crash Nigel.I'd love to own a Turbo, they don't seem to be any less economical than the non-turbos and they're often not much more expensive to buy. The non-turbo 8v is a good slogger, but it's a touch uninspiring.But I'm amazed at how chuckable the car is despite the 'wrongness' of the engine/gearbox layout, which makes up for the engine's dullness.Managed to sort out the hot idle issue with a new fuel filter.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:43 PM

That would have been my next stop -seems to make a difference I cant fathom! I'd expect to lose top end, not idle -but you're right -does seem to work.I love 'em -and they make excellent tow cars.My missus rolled the GM900 turbo a few days back. Rolled twice, and ended in the armco -but she could open all the doors, the screen stayed in place -despite a 90degree bend in it, and it still runs Ok despite a stoved in front end. I drove it off the low loader, no probs. I know its not a proper Saab -but nevertheless a strong un.
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 05:26 PM

Can you do anything with it or is it good for 'parts only'? (a bit like the question posed to r.welfare the other week!)

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 06:21 PM

Private plate off, might yank the engine -otherwise parts only. Every panels damaged, and the roof came down 12 inches. Weigh it in -once the paperwork's done
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:30 PM

Ai. Glad she's okay!

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 11:55 PM

Glad your Good lady is ok Mr B, sounds horrific..Driving a GM9-3 myself, I'm glad yours protected is driver so well!




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