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Journals

Friends and associates of Hagstrom Saab have some pretty strong views about the superiority of the Saab brand, as you might expect. Please choose a journal below and read what our learned enthusiasts have to say...

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Matt's World

One manís sermon from the mount

02/11/2010

New 9-5 Estate

02/11/2010

All Hail a New Breed of Motoring God

15/10/2010

New 9-5 (Addendum)

06/07/2010

The New Saab 9-5

17/03/2009

The Curse of the Lead Right Foot

06/03/2009

Saab, in Trouble??!!

05/03/2009

Beware the Four Chrome Rings

05/03/2009

David Llewellyn Owen: a Memorial

03/03/2009

Are there ANY Saab crazed Girls out there?

29/11/2006

Oddballs

02/02/2006

The Unicorn

02/02/2006

A Re-acquaintance with the Saab 9000

08/12/2005

The New Saab 9-5

03/12/2005

Our Country is Disappearing up its own A**e Part III

03/12/2005

Dual Flow Filtration Part III

06/10/2005

Farewell to Scandinavian Blue

09/06/2005

Dual Filtration Part II

13/05/2005

Dual Flow Oil Filtration

03/05/2005

My Saab of the Moment!

09/03/2005

Mixed Emotions

09/03/2005

Why are the T16S 900's being scrapped in droves?

03/02/2005

Question: Where does Classic end and pile of s*** begin?

03/02/2005

When is a Saab not a Saab? When it's a Subaru

03/02/2005

Born Free, Taxed to Death

01/05/2004

Back in the Saddle ..

15/11/2003

The classic Saab 900 1978-1994

19/04/2003

Saab 99 buyerís guide

01/04/2003

Stay safer in an older Saab!

01/04/2003

Petrol £6 a gallon...? But apparently itís on the cards

Why are the T16S 900's being scrapped in droves?

A once drove of T16S 900

A once drove of T16S 900

As far as the 900 turbos are concerned I have always preferred the ďHĒ type 8-valve to the 16. The 8-valve is a lot easier to maintain than the 16 from both the hearts and wallets perspective. The 16-valve has always been a bit more temperamental. It is a tad over-complicated and has a very strange cam chain assembly that Iíve always considered a bit Heath Robinson.

When you compare the running cost of a 8-valve against the 16ís, it is not surprising that they run out of road quicker. There is of course the factor that because they were bought as speed mobiles right from the offset and have been driven as such all through their days, older ones become a dodgy proposition unless their service history is faultless.

The same could be said of the 9000 Carlssons. They were thrashed about by the wrong sort of people and as such 75-80% of them are now dead.

There is a morale in there somewhere but right now Iím far too cold to concentrate enough to find it!!

With regards to the 900 T16S, if youíve got a good one then keep hold of it, cherish it, keep it in a heated garage under a great big duvet because in another five years itíll be worth a ridiculous amount of money. If on the other hand you own a 9000 Carlsson, cut your losses, admit you bought the wrong one and stick it down the bottom of the garden. It could be regarded as a kind of folley for the working and middle classes.

Regards


Matt

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