New motor – SAAB 900S Turbo 16v
Another one bites the dust! Yes, the cheapo Mercedes Estate is no more. It somehow managed to snap a steering bolt which meant that the offside wheel wasn’t being steered by me anymore. Overwhelmed by the feeling of newfound freedom, it decided to steer itself into the wheelarch for a laugh. In the middle of a crossroads. Those who have met me will not be surprised to hear that I just carried on driving until *I* decided it was time to stop.
It would have been fixable but I decided that it wasn’t an economical repair as there were too many other things wrong with the car. So, after some faffing about we ended up scrapping it online which was a surprisingly pleasant experience, and resulted in £231 back into the car fund.
So, what to buy next? I dallied with the idea of buying a Fiat 127 Palio with a full length sunroof but it was a project and I have enough of those already. A tidy 70’s 5-series was very tempting but by the time I got hold of the bloke it had gone. Likewise the SAAB saloon with the ‘rose quartz’ interior and period brown stripes down the sides. A Scimitar was considered and rejected, countless other w124 Mercs and 80’s BMWs passed through my watch list until I just got thoroughly bored of it all and made an offer on a Saab in Penrith, which was accepted. And here it is!
It’s not perfect by any means, and it’s not as good as the gold one that we used to have, but it runs fine and is quite peppy with the Turbo. The headlining has been ripped out as usual with these, master cylinder seals will want doing at some point, and a few more bits and pieces here and there.
On the plus side it looks to have a brand new exhaust, it cleaned up alright, and once I removed the annoying stickers from the window about Trolls it didn’t look half bad. For some odd reason it has a mini-disc player fitted but I have plenty of other stereos so I’ll fit one of those once the adapter arrives (of course it has bizarre stereo wiring that needs converting to ISO) – the adapter is only three quid delivered though so no big deal.
Let’s see how this one fares then…