SAAB 99

Here’s what to watch out for when buy­ing this en­dear­ing Swede

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Classic Cars For Sale -

1 DOES IT RUN HOT?

The wa­ter pump is a par­tic­u­larly tricky com­po­nent to re­place, so check it’s work­ing cor­rectly and isn’t leak­ing. ThThe turbo en­gines tend to run a lit­tle warm any­way, but shouldn’t be ex­ces­sively hot in nor­mal con­di­tions.

2 DON’T BE SHOCKED

The ride should be smooth - any nasty knocks or rat­tles sug­gest the shock ab­sorbers or the sus­pen­sion coils have worn out, which can hap­pen with age. Have a look un­der­neath for signs of worn com­po­nents, and look out for po­ten­tial sus­pen­sion woes.

3 CHECK THE CABIN

While the 99’s in­te­rior trim is gen­er­ally fairly hard-wear­ing sourc­ing re­place­ment parts is get­ting trick­ier. You should pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the head­lin­ing, as it’s not un­usual for it to sag with age.

4 YES, THEY ROT

Places to look out for cor­ro­sion in­clude the top of the rear doors on the fi­five-door mod­els, the lower parts of the wings, the door bot­toms, around the bat­tery tray and the rear whee­larches, where the stone chip guard can al­low dirt to build up

5 DO THE ELECTRICS WORK?

Damp get­ting into the fuse­box can cause the fuses to fail, so if any of the elec­tri­cal com­po­nents are work­ing, it’s a good idea to check here to fi­first to see if any have failed.

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