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Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
11:17 pm
Hello All!

I have question, if you don't mind a to buy/not to buy query.

There is a 1995 SAAB 900 four-door for sale down the street from me. They are taking $1350 or Best Offer. It looks pretty nice, leather interior, still shiny, neat features etc... and I've heard good things about pre-GM SAAB.

However, this car has a few concerns:
  • It has over 210,000 miles (A problem or no?)
  • Shifting is "unsmooth" (Standard?)
  • I will almost certainly have to buy a new transmission. (OUCH)
  • (Internet) Research has shown that the gas mileage of this car is only a few more MPG than my current demoncar, Claudius.

    I've been on the lookout for a new vehicle for a while to replace my mother's hand-me-down 2000 Chrysler Town and Country since it's a gas-guzzling monster death trap and I would prefer something smaller. (and she could theoretically take it from me on a whim.) The only thing I can think of that would make the purchase of my neighbors SAAB worth it, would be if I could expect several more years of safe use from the SAAB versus the Chrysler.

    Is it worth it to phone the seller?


    Current Mood: confused
  • Saturday, June 14th, 2008
    11:09 am
    Friday, February 1st, 2008
    9:47 pm
    The damage
    So, in order, I've owned a 1995 VW Golf, an 88 VW Golf, an 88 Volvo 740 Turbo, and most recently a 99 Saab 9-3SE. I wasn't/am not ready to part with the Saab. I put a catalog sport exhaust kit on it, a Genuine downpipe and race cat, Koni shocks/springs, poly bushings, a steering rack/clamp/brace and rear arb. It hauled and handled. But after a woman pulled out in front of me and caused a collision, it looks like damage excedes value and I'm dealing with a 'total loss.' They only want to give me about $4.5K for it.

    I'm thinking of putting that toward a new, used car instead of trying to repair it. (But I'm still gonna get a second opinion on the repair costs.) So anyway, I've narrowed my choices down to an M3, a Viggen, a TT or an S60. What do you think?
    Monday, January 21st, 2008
    10:00 pm
    searching for pictures
    Does anyone have pictures of the writing "Isabella" from an old Borgward Isabella, preferably in high quality, but I'll take everything I can get? I tried google and everything else I could think of, but I didn't find anything. There's only the writing "Borgward", but I don't want / need that one. ;)
    So if anyone can help me out I'd be very grateful.
    Thanks in advance! :)

    Current Mood: chipper
    Sunday, January 28th, 2007
    12:16 am
    Need smbd's help
    В декабре получила права, теперь собралась покупать мою первую машину. Сегодня была во множестве автосалонов, но когда зашла в ситроен-была сражена! Хочу с4. Но меня очень расстроило ограниченность цветовой гаммы. А нельзя ли чего по оптиместичнее? По ярче?
    Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
    7:40 am
    Ferrari For Valentine's Day?

    Love Means

    Always say OUR Ferrari

    Current Mood: amused
    Saturday, October 21st, 2006
    4:44 pm
    For Sale
    1988 Mercedes Benz
    190 E 2.3

    Mileage: 112,000 miles

    CD player/MP3 player ready

    $1,750 OBO

    Interested parties please contact me, thanks.

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    Friday, February 17th, 2006
    6:26 pm
    Sunday, February 12th, 2006
    5:04 pm
    Attention All S.P.L. enthusiasts!! PRICE CHANGE
    Link change: http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4612990476

    If you are interested - the price has dropped to $14,000

    Unfortunately, this car must go :(
    Sunday, February 5th, 2006
    5:32 pm
    Wanna own a piece of S.P.L. history??
    Attention All S.P.L. enthusiasts!!

    Check out the following link:


    With over $45,000 invested (not including labour costs) into the creation of this one of a kind vehicle, you can own this turn-key ready to compete SPL monster for a fraction of the build cost.

    Consider this one time sale opportunity and this vehicle can be all yours if
    Tuesday, November 29th, 2005
    2:00 am
    Friday, November 11th, 2005
    3:35 pm
    FS 88 740 GLE Turbo White $1,750 OBO

    FS 88 740 GLE Turbo White $1,750 OBO


    Mileage 221,100
    Cylinders 4 Cylinders
    Body Style Sedan
    Transmission Manual
    Doors 4
    Condition Fair
    Drive Train RWD
    Exterior Color White
    Interior Color Burgundy

    Starts up, runs great. I've R/Red the engine/seals, plugs,
    distributor, starter, alternator, radiator, water pump, heater hose and
    gas tank. It's got four alloy wheels/all seasons and two Pirelli snows
    on steel rims.

    Macungie, PA, 18062, USA

    Sunday, January 30th, 2005
    1:49 pm
    1983 Porsche 944 FOR SALE
    I'm selling my 1983 Porsche 944.
    I'm located in Lake Worth, FL.
    It has 98,500 miles and is in great condition.
    MAKE ME AN OFFER - I need to sell.

    The car is in excellent shape and is an every-day driver. I'm selling it because I need something bigger. It's fast, automatic, has a clean title and has been kept in very good shape, inside and out. There is a minor scratch near the driver-side rear-wheel, and the passenger seat has a tear in it, but has been kept covered by a seat cover. The AC will work once a leak is patched. The speedometer and odometer are off, they work when they want to. It's an easy repair, however, and I know for a fact that the milage is under 98,500k. Other than that, this car is running smoothly and ready-to-go!! It has a Porsche 944 decal on the front windsheild, and the Porsche logo on the rear. It has two large speakers that glow blue light in the back that are hooked up for extra full-volume. For maintenance purposes, the cooling system and AC system have been cleaned recently, and the windshield wipers and all the hoses have been replaced. It has brand-new seat covers and a leather steering-wheel cover, as well as a hook-up for a radar detector.
    This is a very reliable car that will never let you down.

    Saturday, January 1st, 2005
    12:57 pm
    '79 300sd
    well, george and i went to bradenton and snagged the '79 300sd for $1200. it has some rust and has had floorpan repairs before. the odometer stopped at 237,000 miles, and the engine wins a 6/10. i'm not sure how much life it has left. Compression is good, it misses in cylinder number 5. Never the less, i was not worried about making the 130 mile trip back to orlando. the 300sd was reliable and such and performed well . it had a 3.09 differential...good pickup and an excellent transmission: one big problem though: it burned oil like a mofo. on the way back it guzzled four quarts of oil. the oil was so low that i couldn't attain 45 bars of oil pressure. my first thought was that the check valve for the oil pressure was defective, but i rememebered that this wouldn't have happened after 4 hours of driving. in the morning i had a look at it and the dip stick showed nothing.
    why is this car burning so much oil?

    reason one: excessive oil ring wear from the past: bad oil will kill your ring sin your early turbodiesel. compression and power were excellent. no blakc or white smoke, just blue. solution: amsoil 15w40 synthetic. doesn't burn easily and when mixed with an additive will usually not deteriorate too fast.

    poor oil in it initially: when we got the car, i noticved the oil wa slow so i added a quantity of my fav, shell rotella 15w40. the problem is that shell burns off, as does crappy autozone 15w40 fleet maintenance. the oil quality will have contributed heavily to this.

    finally, turbo problems: this car has a good turbo, but its PCV valve might be defective, causing more oil that normal to find its way into the intake and thus into the turbo. more burnoff...ladida

    the ca rhas new valve seals...which is another cause of mercedes oil burning.

    but my point is...george will have to be careful: this car burns oil.

    Current Mood: frustrated
    Friday, December 31st, 2004
    7:45 am
    new to community
    hey whats shakin....my name is peter and i'm from orlando, Florida, where i'm known as the "guy with many mercedes". to be exact, i just have three, all of which are 115 series diesels [my favorite]. my cars and i are inseparable.
    in order, they are :
    Heidi...a 1974 240d with 322,000 on tap. yellow on brown....
    betty...a 1973 220d with 206,000...baby blue with white vinyl
    karl...1969 220d...4speed with ivory on brown and 344,000 miles.
    i like these cars alot. thats why i work on them [my father and i won a mercedes service facility in rockledge...but i do most of the mercedes work.
    i am a diehard fan of the pre 1986 mercedes diesels and i wouldn't be caught dead driving anything else. i've owned three others [i have had heidi since i was 15] . my others included a 1985 300sd, a 1982 300sd [my moms, them mine then my mom's again] a 1972 220d [black on chocloate] and a 1976 240d [white...auto.....yuck] . my siblings who can drive have a1982 and 1983 240d.
    so ya. is that too much diesel for you? lol. i wish dad would get out of his ford e250 ...diesel of course...

    so ya...mb diesels literally are forever. lol.
    Friday, December 10th, 2004
    11:18 am
    Car for Sale
    I have a basically NEW 9-3 with 5000 miles on it. I love this car and it drives amazing.
    It is loaded with:
    Premium package
    16'' alloy wheel
    Cold weather package
    6 CD in dash changer
    Custom made silver dash makes the inside look SHARP
    the only option it doesn't have in Onstar

    It is a really nice Steel Grey Metallic and I have babied the car. It gets about 23 MPG city and 34 highway and the 2.0L turbo charged engine really flys.
    The stick on this car was $32,000 plus $800 for the dash
    I would sell it for $26,000
    I am purchasing a horse and I need a truck that can pull a trailer.

    I am located in upstate NY

    Send me your email for pictures
    Tuesday, August 17th, 2004
    2:58 pm
    Hello Everyone,
    I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask questions, or not. I am trying out quite a few communities to see if I can get some responses to my problem. I am bored with my car... and I am currently stuck in a lease. I am looking to purchase or lease a new car, but it will be expensive for me to break the agreement I signed. I am hoping someone could make some suggestions of how I can get a new car without being asked for huge amounts of money on my down payment due to my lease. I was searching online, and have found a couple places that seem like they could help me. This place Lease Trading seems to be alright. I am not exactly sure how this process would work though. I've never used anything like this so if you have could you let me know what you think... that would be great. From everything I have read this place is legit. And they have some great luxury vehicles up... the website say that the can find someone to assume your lease so you dont have to pay... It also says I can cut the cost of breaking my lease in half. Well anyhow... I am rambling. Is a lease assumption even possible?
    Wednesday, July 28th, 2004
    8:05 am
    Alright, it's been 18 days and I'm the last entry in this community. This place sucks, I'm out.

    Current Mood: disappointed
    Saturday, July 10th, 2004
    11:21 am
    Does anyone even read/update in this community?
    Tuesday, July 6th, 2004
    5:16 pm
    Just Checkin' it all out.
    What's up all, I just joined to check this out for a few days. See if I like it.
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