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At $3,500, is this 1988 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible a good deal?

At $3,500, is this 1988 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible a good deal?

Nice price or no dice 1988 Saab 900 Turbo

Today’s ad Nice price or no dice Saab 900 claims that “Anyone who wants one of these knows how hard it is to find one that isn’t rusted or broken beyond repair”, praising it as being neither. Let’s see if, what it is is worth its asking price.

When Robert Frost wrote that he had “miles to go before I sleep”, he was probably not referring to the… 2000 Honda S2000 we looked yesterday. I think that’s a certainty. But with over 228,000 miles on the odometer, we all had to wonder how many miles left can be left in the little roadster before it is ready to rest. That concern played a part in the rumination of the $14,000 Honda price, with 65 percent of you finding it and the miles too high, and so maiden the car with a No Dice loss.

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Do you like to be informed? I know I don’t. After all, ignorance is a blessing. Based on the description in the ad, the seller of the current 1988 Saab 900 Turbo convertible expected anyone who could be interested in the car will have a certain level of knowledge of the model and maker and thus an understanding of any quirks or problems expressed by this particular car.

According to the ad, the car is rust free and whatever it needs is no exaggeration. According to the seller, the car is “a perfect candidate for a minimal restoration in its full glory.” I think that makes it more of a glory hole than a money pit.

And, in a nod to the connoisseurs, there is the caution in the ad that this is a Saab and therefore “more details can be discussed with the potential buyer.”

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That’s all very well and good for all the Saab-o-philes in the house, but what I really want to know is who came up with the funky fender scoop on this car and then decided to dress that up with a stranger 900 license Plate? I’m not even sure which junkyard that is, but I can only assume it’s meant to get air into the 2 liter 16-valve four found under the Saab’s circus-trick clamshell hood. That fuel injection engine made 158 horsepower from the factory, that is: not too bad for its size and era. Here, that’s mated to a 3-speed automatic, making the 900 a cruiser rather than a powerhouse.

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Aesthetically – and apart from the scoop – the car looks decent. It is painted in Cirrus White with a black canvas top over a burgundy leather interior. We don’t see much of the interior, but the seller says it has the typical cracked seats and splits in the dashboard, caused by the sun. Another problem to note: both air conditioning and the cruise control have been removed from the car.

On the plus side, everything else is supposedly running fine and the car comes with a clear title. It also comes with what the seller describes as a “whole basement of parts,” including doors and engine bay parts. That’s either great news for someone looking for an old car to maintain and rejuvenate or a curse to anyonesomeone who just wants a nice ride in the sun for the summer with no intention of anything relation beyond that.

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Of course, both scenarios require a reasonable entrance fee. In this case of Saab, that is $3,500 and you should all now let us all know your thoughts on the car and that price. What is your opinion? Is this Saab worth that $3,500 that is being asked as it is presented in the ad? Or are you “aware” that it’s asking too much?

You decide!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Craigslistor go here when the ad disappears.

H/T to RevUnlimiter for the connection!

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