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You are in the Saab 9-5
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Saab 9-5, Sedan
#1506 of 2237 V6 vs. i4
Aug 06, 2003 (10:51 am)
Your friends comment about the 6 vs. 4 is bogus. The Saab 4 is a GREAT engine and will probably out last the 6 currently in use. He made a general statment about 4 cylinder engines which is just not correct IMO.
The previous Saab 6 in '94 & '95 was horrible and dropped very quickly. I had one and even though I didn't keep it long enough to experience too much trouble..it was not a very desirable power plant.
One thing to keep in mind is that Saab is DROPPING the V6 for 2004. If I were buying a 2003, I'd go for the 4.
Another thought... You mentioned that your shopping the BMW 3 series.. I would highly recommend taking a serious look at the newest Saab 9-3. The Arch version of this car is Aweseome.. the linear version is a steal. Remember that Saab has about 3K in incentives right now which puts a 9-3 linear down around 26K.
#1507 of 2237 RE: Front engine noise
Aug 06, 2003 (10:52 am)
We have 17K on our 2003 and have not noticed the noise your referring to.
Hope you find the problem soon.. good luck.
Aug 07, 2003 (11:21 am)
I drove both the 4 and 6 and I preffered the 6 (auto trans). 6 is a much smoother engine....the 4 cyl was a bit buzzy and the torque of the 6 (vs the 4) meant that there was less downshifting. I leased my Arc 3.0t so I don't care about resale value in 2006...Saab's problem.
There are some killer deals right now on 2003s..OMG....$6K to $7K off MSRP on window stickers...who knows what you'll get if you negotiate. I would have waited until Aug to buy mine but the 3.0t Wagon was the last one they had so I bit the bullet (still had $5K off sticker). I really don't think I would have bought the 4cyl at all.
My intel says that the 2004 arcs get a 225hp version of the 4 cyl; so they will have more power than the linear to help justify their price.
I drove a 325 wagon and prefered the Saab. Feels much roomier overall and $3K less.
#1510 of 2237 Front end noise, 2003 Linear
Aug 07, 2003 (12:52 pm)
Thanks Robb...it may be the same clunk in steering column. I am back to dealer for drive with tech tomorrow.
As a Subaru owner I automatically go to Edmunds, I forgot about the other Saab cite.
Aug 08, 2003 (5:32 am)
Funny, I have a Subaru, too. I'm a regular at both Edmunds' Subaru topics and the 'other Saab site'
#1512 of 2237 TIRE WEAR----60,000 MILES PLUS
Aug 09, 2003 (1:20 pm)
i got 61,000 miles out of my original michelins 17 inch tires on my aero and still had another 2/32 of wear left or about 5 to 8,ooo miles.
i do a lot of hiway tires at 80 mph plus and still got this wear.
heat is what kills these tires ,and low pressure ,below 41 does them no good.
now,when these tires/aero cars first got here a lot of consumers complained about the harshness of the ride,so, saab brought the tire pressure down.........this is what kills these tires.
i think the trick is that i run them at 41 psi and rotate them once a year only.
read the owners manual and you will note that they do recommend higher press. for heavy loads and hi speeds............ but if you read the tire sidewall for press. info . you will note that you can go to 41 plus......
and,by the way ,you will not get the "overinflation " abnormal tire wear at these pressures.the tires ,low profile ,are made for higher press. than normal.
#1513 of 2237 RE: ffb
Aug 09, 2003 (1:42 pm)
Well.. if you say you got over 60K on your 17" Tires... I'll believe you.
I can maybe agree that increasing pressure on these will increase life.
But.. the once a year tire rotation is not a correct statement to make. Time has nothing to do with increasing the life of your tires... It is the MILES.
How many miles are you putting on these tires before you rotate them at the end of a years time?
#1514 of 2237 Fuel Spill Problem
Aug 12, 2003 (11:03 am)
I have a 9-5 V6 Wagon. A couple of weeks ago the 'check engine' light came on. I brought it to the dealer who replaced some valve somewhere and sent me on my way. The next day, the light was back on as I drove out my driveway on a long trip. Over the course of the next week, while filling the tank, gas started to drip from the fuel pipe leading to the fuel tank. The drip turned into a gush.
It's back at the dealer's now getting fixed.
Has anyone else heard of a serious fuel leak like this?
#1515 of 2237 Fuel Leak
Aug 13, 2003 (6:33 am)
Ouch! Never heard that one yet. Glad you caught it before it became a real problem. That situation can be dangerous.
There are literlally hundreds of things that can cause the Check Engine lights to come on in all modern cars. The most common and simplest is from not tightening your Gas Cap. Yours is probably the most dangerous. Shame the dealer didn't catch that.