So, suddenly a couple of contenders have entered the stage. How much of an Idiot should I be to get one?
1991 Saab 900 Turbo - $3000
Bad front shocks and axles
Good engine at 110K miles
Nevada Title (Reno)
Mostly ok paint
Bad fender (could be repairable but needs metal restoration - cannot swap fenders easily)
Tired interior but has replacement seats
Slight misaligned hood
1990 Saab 900 S (NA) - $2000
Hasn't been registered in 2 years
Interior is decent
100K miles in engine
Engine looks tired and leaking oil for a long time
Starts and runs
Straight body but dull paint all around
Not sure. The Turbo would be the easy answer and most of the needs are somewhat optional (repair the body and interior) but will need immediate attention on axles muffler and shocks. Seems to have good history. Saab Lover owner. But the Turbo will easily need another $1500 in work almost right away. Even when all I need is shocks and axles, regular mechanics dont like to take Saabs. Also, knowing myself, I'll try to get the body repairs soon as well.
The non-turbo might need only a repaint but likely a go-over with the engine. Also, It has been non-titled for 2 years in California. The owner doesnt speak a lot of english and I have no good repair history. But being nearly complete in terms of body and interior.
So which one would you pick, dear Oppos. telling me I'm crazy and stupid is also a choice. I can do minor repairs but can't do anything needed a car lift. But these two seem to scratch that weird Swedish itch I have.
Talk me out of the ledge, oppos!