07-01-2011, 07:44 AM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: South Eastern PA
10-4 - I'll make a nice write up and post it there today! lol It's going to be a long winded one.
I submited my post - see if they allow it. I had to leave a lot out to make it not tooo long lol I could have just kept going easily.
At the age of 17 I bought my very first car with my own money. It was a 1987 9000 Turbo 5 speed which I bought from a nice family in Bridgewater, NJ for the sum of $400 as result of a winning bid on eBay. It had 264,000 miles on it at the time and it turned out to have a bad alternator when we got there to check it out and bring home. This was not something we expected, so we had to make a return trip with a good used alternator and learn how to change it in the soon to be previous owner’s driveway. After a few hours of toying with it, we (my good friend Jeff and I) had it back together and running.
The main reason by the way, a side from the mileage for the super low price was that the right rear shock tower was so badly rotted that we drove it home with the shock hitting the rear speaker. I learned how to fix cars practically by owning that car - and it started my love and passion for these quirky yet addictive cars. This car drove me on and off through my senior year in high school. I fixed it as it went when I had money, and I made my money by selling used car parts on eBay from parts Jeff and I would get from pick-a-parts all around our area.
My friend Jeff, who still does this as his job is the very same whom owns and started EPartsLand.com formerly Parts Land on eBay. You may recall the term “crazed” which I often believe he coined off first as a description for many of the tail lights or head lights he’s sold.
He and I were both new to the Saab world at this time. I drove that 87' 9000 through my daily commute post high school to the Automotive Training Center in Exton, PA from Jenkintown every day for 20 months. I racked it up to 314,000 miles in that short time and it had its faults - but with that sort of mileage you really couldn't complain. Jeff helped me do a head gasket in one night on that car once so I wouldn’t miss class the following day at school – I learned about broken exhaust studs that night. I had turbo replacement down pat too – I could change one in about 30 minutes on that car, as I put 3 used turbos’ on it while I had it – about a $100 total investment there.
Many trips and friends took part in that car in the time I had it, and I’ll never forget it or those. I met my wife when I had that car – she was my girlfriend then. Many of my friends still recall that car and wonder what became of it. The truth was rust, and I needed a car with fewer miles and could provide the same means it did, which is where my current 1995 9000 CS came into play. It’s by no means stock these days – but runs like a raped ape.
Years have past and I could not stop remembering that old 87’ 9000 – so I began a search online for a first year 1986 US 9000. Thanks to many of my friends on Saablink.net and a post on Saab Central this past year I managed to get my hands on a 2 owner 1986 Edwardian Grey 9000 Turbo with just shy of 168,000 miles. This car was as clean and rust free as a 24 ½ year old Saab could get! The asking price was $300 and it didn’t move as it needed a clutch and a slave cylinder. The following weekend my father and I went over to pick it up with my 95’ 9000 and a car dolly. After a few hours struggling to get it loaded we managed to and pulled it home without any problems.
Since then I have repaired the clutch, but still needs to repair a questionable master cylinder and start bringing the car up to concurs shape, as it’s not far off from it as it sits. I love how it drives, feels, and looks. I just love these 9000’s so much.
Since buying the 86’ it has been to the Albany Saab Fall Festival in 2010, Saab’s @ Carlisle (also called the Import & Kit Car Show) and the MG Car Club Eurocar in Cazenovia, NY this past father’s day. The car drive’s like a dream and can still keep up with traffic and then some. It’s also nice to be able to average 26 mpg’s with spirited driving mixed in on premium fuel.
Saab’s are a life, and a passion to me – I’m a returning Saab Technician in less than a week to General Sales Saab of West Chester. I previously worked for Fred Beans Saab. My fleet currently consists of seven cars – five of them are Saab’s ranging from 1971 through 2001. I think I just completed my first step of twelve by writing this.
That's what I wrote anyway.
Original TSL Founding Member
Last edited by BurnsSide42; 07-01-2011 at 08:25 AM.