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Old 07-19-2006, 04:35 PM   #1
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I just bought a 96 900 turbo convertible with 57,000 miles from the original owner. Other than regular oil chenges nothing else has beed done. Are there specific things I should check or maintanence I should have done? Thanks for the help.
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There is a 60k service, if you check in the manual it will have a check list of things to do.
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Well, I'll bet there's an owner's manual with a specified service interval. Typically the 60,000 mile service is relatively extensive.

If you're sure that only the oil changes have been done over the last 10 years, I think changing **all** the fluids in the car would be mandatory, i.e., coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. Fuel filter and air filter replacement would probably be called for at this point.

New spark plugs might not be a bad idea after 10 years, either. Check the vacuum hoses for any leaks, check the CV boots to see if they're cracked (and replace them quickly if they are).

Saabs are pretty reliable **if** you keep up with the regular maintenance, which obviously includes more items than just changing the oil.

I'd view this as an opportunity to reset the clock on the maintenance schedule for this car, so that when you're asked "When is the last time [insert maintenance item] was done," you have an answer.
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I have a 95, basically the same car. I think some of the 96s had some problems with the shifter but most of them are taken care of by now. Does it have any problems grinding when you put it into reverse? Also need to consider this is only a manual issue. You also got a pretty low mileage car. Another thing to remember is that every time you open and close the top you're taking life off of the tonneau motor.
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There's a an $8 reinforcement kit for the tonneau that can be DIY. If you hear some grinding gears you need it.
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wow! 3 posts @ 7:45pm! Some good advice too.
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Thumbs up thanks!

Thanks for the speedy responses. No problems shifting into reverse and the top is quiet, but i think I'll look into the brace for the motors. Thanks again
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When you say SE is it Turbo or V6?
If its V6 I would have the timing belts changed soon.

If its turbo, sure plugs, serp belt, and maybe find a used ignition casset for safety if you can find one under $100 used.
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MistaSantos, where would i go about finding out about this convertible top kit?
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Genuine Saab sells it (I think?) but I don't know if it's on the website.

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I got at my local Saab dealer they didn't haven't in stock so they had to order it. They didn't even know what it was had to give them the part number.
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bastard saab dealer....im sure mines the same

edit: Mines a 99-vert. I saw on nicks site that the fix was for the 95-98? So i dunno if this would help mine.
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Hmmm...maybe, are you having problems with yours?
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I just bought a 96 900 turbo convertible with 57,000 miles from the original owner. Other than regular oil chenges nothing else has beed done. Are there specific things I should check or maintanence I should have done? Thanks for the help.
Its tough to predict because that is low mileage for most 1996 saabs. regular 60k stuff is the serp belt, fuel filter, air filter, etc.

Di cassette (the red thing on the top of the engine) would be something to check and see if its original.

I'd also pull a plug and check the gap and color.
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