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