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  1. #1

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    89 900 SPG
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    Hello! Looking to get into the 99 crowd

    Just joined up & saw this was the place to say hi, howdy, hej! Grown up around 900's & 9000's, but looking locally at a 99 EMS that seems to be in good shape for being a Northeast car. Any thing specific about those I should focus on (specific rust/rot trouble spots)? Owner says its a '75 with a '78 Turbo/5speed gearbox and a "barn find" (i.e. will need a trailer, no title) If there's a better subforum to direct these questions to, I'd appreciate it!

    Bryan

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    Frank
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    previous: 2006 9-3, 2001-06 9-5, 2011 9-4X
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    Hello and welcome. I moved your thread to the 90/99 Workshop forum and hopefully will get the attention of other Saab 99 enthusiasts.

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  3. #3

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    89 900 SPG
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    Thanks Frank!

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    99T 2 door, 9.5 Hirsch Aero
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    Not sure if this helps, but there were no '78 Turbos, which would be the 3 door Combi coupe body, with a 5 speed gearbox.

    Check drive shaft tunnels and bottom of wheel arches. The injection system will need overhauling if it has been stood for a long time.

    Oops just realised how old this post was.!

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  5. #5

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    Thanks for the tip! I think that EMS was a bit of a Frankenstein, ended up missing out on it anyways. Got an 89 SPG locally to hold me over until I can find a decent 99 in the area. Hope to be back here posting when I do!

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  6. #6
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    '95 9000 Aero, '98 9000 CSE, '05 9-5, '11 9-4X
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    Having owned several of every model SAABs for forty years, the 99 is still my favorite around-town runabout. The 99 just sold me on SAAB. There's just something about the seating position which gives the feeling the car is pivoting around the driver. I wouldn't have an automatic as a gift, but the manual transmission models are just fun to drive, great visibility, stability in snow. My all-time favorite was the '78 EMS.

    Not so goods:
    1. Noisy at highway speeds.
    2. Maintenance-intensive, especially clutch (use turbo disc), clutch linkage (learn to rebuild yourself, add bronze bushings to the U-bracket), water pump, injectors.
    3. Interior falls apart.
    4. Belgian-built models had body-prep flaws which lead to rust.

    Hope you find a good one.

    jack vines

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