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#1984 of 2237 Re: why I like 2002-2003 Arc's
Oct 25, 2005 (11:48 am)
Most will recommend Aero but I like the softer ride and more comfy (for me) headrests, and lower price of the Arc/SE V-6. I like the 2002-2003 Arc's as they had many features (heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, weather channel, improved crash ratings, 5 speed automatic, great stereo, etc.) that were not available on the 1999-2001 or were "decontented" in the 2004 version when they went to the 4. I have 72K on the 2001 SE (V-6) and although the purists hate the engine, it has tons of power, gets 31 MPG at 70 MPH on Maine Turnpike and, for me, has been very reliable. In 2002-2003 models Saab's marketing strategy was to make the ARC the touring (i.e. Cruiser) model and the Aero the performance model, and both vehicles were identicially equipped, making the Arc and fully loaded car. Most dealers are unaware, so pricing on these cars is very reasonable. Good luck.
#1985 of 2237 Re: why I like 2002-2003 Arc's [pearson244]
Oct 26, 2005 (6:42 pm)
All saabs have the WB and good crash rating for years. I had a six also on a 99 SE 9-5. Good GM motor, but I wouldn't buy one used unless it was certified for a few years by Saab or you know your way around under the hood. Very expensive to work on after the warranty is out, tight fit in the engine well, won't get the high miles of a four banger (150-200K). Ask the mechanics at the dealer, not the service manager. The Aero has a different suspension, wider bucket seats, 250 horses, tighter ride, not a luxury ride. BIg difference, nah, not much, your correct. You can't beat the gas mileage/performance ratio with any saab versus any car, period. You can get you six again, now a Saab six, turbo, in the new 9-3 Aero, but be ready to buck up about 40-50K (Saab is crazy with these prices). Saab better find their niche in the next couple years and I believe their niche is the 20-35K car, not going head to head with BMW, LEXUS, INFINITY in the 40-50K range.
Just my opinion, maybe they will sell like crazy.
#1986 of 2237 Re: Improve your Saab Stereo [smu1976]
Oct 31, 2005 (7:21 am)
Thanks SMU, and yes, I can certainly tell a masterful difference in my audio after "turning it up". Again, thank you for the information, I am enjoying my sound even more than before.
#1987 of 2237 Re: 2005 9-5 Factory Rebate [blckislandguy]
Oct 31, 2005 (11:24 am)
Due for a refresh ...YES,poor reliability record ...You better check on that one!Saab 9-5 has the best reliability record of any mid-size or larger European sedan.
#1988 of 2237 March 2006 recall for 2000-2002 9-3 and 9-5 saabs
Nov 01, 2005 (11:21 am)
Anybody know anything about this anticipated recall? I received a letter from Saab telling me that my vehicle (mine is a 6-cylinder but it also applies to 4 cylinders) might be equipped with a defective ignition discharge module (IDM). The letter basically says that Saab doesn't have replacement parts yet and are hoping to have enough to send out recall letters in March of 2006.
Basically, a defective IDM can either cause your car to stall (more often in a 4 cylinder) or in a 6-cylinder there is a chance if you don't stop driving when the check engine light flashes, you can possibly have a fire (or thermal damage in their wording). I realize the odds are slim but apparently it has happened to some drivers. You can read more about the recall at www.autospectator. com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=2214 (I searched for saab recalls).
I've never owned a car that will be recalled and am frustrated that GM can cover themselves by sending out this pre-recall letter while the rest of us drive around wondering if it will happen to us.
#1989 of 2237 Aftermarket Extended warranty
Nov 01, 2005 (3:53 pm)
My 02 9-5 Aero's factory warranty will expire in a month. What do you guys think about aftermarket warranty? Is it worth it? Who provide the best warranty out there? I heard that GMPP is pretty good. Your opinions are much appreciated. Thanks
#1990 of 2237 Update on tire problem & RE:Improve your Saab Stereo [smu1976]
Nov 03, 2005 (5:05 am)
The tire noise was getting louder and louder (humming noise, increased speed -> louder noise) . I described the problem with the dealer and they found that the wheel bearings were bad. They replaced them free under warranty. The car is so quiet now.
I increased the loudness of my Aero from 10 to 20 but I found that the result was worse in the front. It didn't sound natual. High pitch was too shape. Howvere, it seemed to be better when I sat at the back. I changed it to 15 and it sounded much better.
I did the same thing to my 9-3SE (changed it to 20). The result was good and I can really tell the difference.
Nov 05, 2005 (7:11 am)
there are 2 recalls .one a hiddeden one.
the dic is a major source of failures and the engine quits ...now.
the other is major engine failure due to folowing the oil change recomended by saab.
to solve you must use synthetic oil and change every 3,000 miles .
to solve problem saab has given us an 8 year warranty ,unlimited mileage.
#1992 of 2237 Saab 9-5 Arc Coolant
Nov 05, 2005 (11:49 am)
Does anyone know the proper antifreeze to use in a Saab 9-5 Arc from 2002? My manual just says a "saab approved antifreeze" which doesn't help me very much! Thank you in advance for any help!
#1993 of 2237 Re: brakes [99saab95se]
Nov 07, 2005 (10:49 am)
It's the ABS ECU. To be more specific, the ABS module. You can find DIY instructions at Saabnet.com