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Saab 900sx

08-11-2003, 07:08 AM
"Am thinking about buying a Saab 900sx Talladega. The car is in very good condition, fsh, low mileage etc but it seems to struggle to engage reverse gear is this a problem. Someone told me this is a common problem and can be expensive involving the gear box being removed the gear box being removed? Can anyone tell me how big a problem is this and should I be asking for a reduction on the price?

08-11-2003, 08:37 AM
Maybe Saabs new gearbox oil can solve this problem, the reason the reverse is hard to engage is usually because the gear is spinning at low speed even tho the engine isn't engaged to the gearbox.

11-08-2003, 02:44 AM
remember that reverse is NOT syncronized in any saab box before 1994(??) and you have to shift in preferably first gear before you shift into reverse. if you already know this (im not trying to belittle you or anything) then there probably is a problem with reverse. just fill the tranny up with 10w30, at least in the 9000 that helps, dont use the new saab synthetic it eats up the earlier transmissions, that might have it and it must be changed. I dont actually fully understand the 900 drivetrain arrangment, ive seen its all out of a car and its the goofiest arrangement in the world, but also very ingenious. anyways, thats a nice car youre looking at, quick too, so i would definately consider it, even with a worn reverse gear, be nice to the gear and it will be nice to you for a long long time...i know i would buy it

11-17-2003, 01:12 AM
revers is engage using a little lever that is eaasily accesible from the outside. it pushes the gear onto another gear. the stock lever only pushes the gear in a little ways wich can cause for the gear to slip out of place and eventually chip off large peices of metal (it happened to me). The solution is to find someone or a shop that can fabricate you a new longer lever that will push the gear further into place. You can easily access the lever byt taking the plate off of the side of the tranny near the tranny dipstick (most likely harder on turbo models.)

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