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Saab 9-3, Sedan
#3158 of 3350 Re: 2006 9-3 Aero Phone/Bluetooth [toottoot]
Nov 27, 2007 (11:52 am)
hey if you do find somthing let me know i just got a new saab 9-3 arow 07' and i cant get that to work and its killing me also id love instal a gps unit that i was unabel to get in the car the first time i was thinking about ordering one from eurip becas the phone buton works over there ... it seams that this problim shod be ez since the cts-v come with its own phone line
#3159 of 3350 Arc or Linear Help!
Nov 27, 2007 (12:03 pm)
Ok, Iíve decided to buy a Saab and was originally looking at the 2005s, and honestly between the test drives, I almost liked the Linear more than I did the Arc, is there something Iím missing? I know it has less HP and unless you get the premium package (which I would want) a somewhat crappy stereo and no power seats, but it was still a sweet little ride and cheaper. The only downside is that my dealer doesnít have any Linearís on the lot, so after some discussion, he just called to tell me if I can do it by the end of the month, he will get me in a Arc for the price of a Linear, so my question to all of you is, how much is reasonable. After doing some looking around, it looked like I could get a 2005 CPO Linear (38K miles) for around 17K, so is that what I should shoot for in a loaded up Arc or is that just unheard of? Is the Arc that much better? Any help is appreciated-Thanks!
#3160 of 3350 Premature replacement of rear brakes
Jan 02, 2008 (11:28 am)
I have a 2005 Saab 9-3 and just found out that I have to replace the rear brakes. The kicker is that my car only has 23K miles on it and the front brakes are fine. The service manager told me that Saab "tweaked" the brakes to reduce pad dust and improve braking at the expense of the rear brakes wearing out prematurely. This is a bummer, especially since the dealer wants over $500 just to replace the pads and surface the rotors (they are not rusted, they are otherwise ok).
Has anyone else had this problem? I am going to complain about this to SAAB.
#3161 of 3350 REPLACEMENT OF HEAD ENGINE ASSEMBLY
Jan 04, 2008 (12:17 pm)
I too, have a 2005 Saab, 9-3. I needed to have one of the heads replaced, due to excessive leaks.
I have slightly under 30K miles. This is not good news.
If anyone else has leaks--especially if you're still under warranty, TAKE CARE OF IT RIGHT AWAY.
I'd also like to know. Thanks
#3162 of 3350 Re: Premature replacement of rear brakes [shihanb]
Jan 05, 2008 (6:52 am)
Brake wear is a wierd thing. I JUST had my rears done yesterday....$450.00. This included new pads and new rotors. I got 50k out of the rears. I am on my second set of fronts. The rears should last twice as long as the fronts....if the rears are wearing faster, then the brakes are not properly balamced.
BTW, re-surfacing the rotors is nearly a waste of time on the Saab. The rotors are soft and they get thin fast. I can guarentee that by not replacing the rear rotors, they will warp and fail a lot faster. I know brakes......but, I am also not looking at the car right now. Just speaking from generalities. Make sure they tell you using a caliper how thick they are after the re-surface compared to design spec.
BTW, Saab brakes parts are hard to find cheap. However, you can buy the rear rotors and pads for about $175 (depending on what wheel size you have) and then install yourself or find a cheap garage to do it.
I recomend calling them first BEFORE ordering brakes as each model and wheel size is different on a Saab. This is GREAT pasrt site for any Saab owner.
I had the dealer install mine this time since they did a bunch of "free" work for me. Long story short, that while they charges me $450 for the brakes, I got them to do a free rotation and a free tranny flush, so I figured the brakes only really cost $300 or $325.
#3163 of 3350 2005 or 2006 9-3 Coupe--what's the deal?
Jan 05, 2008 (7:17 am)
I am currently shopping '05 and '06 9-3's. From what I can tell, they're a great value car (LOTS of safety features, decent gas mileage, drive well, sporty look etc.) Why is it then, when I mention the word Saab to anyone, I get the ominous "they're notorious for being in the shop." Is this true?
#3164 of 3350 Re: Premature replacement of rear brakes [waterdr]
Jan 05, 2008 (8:12 am)
My 03 9-3 Linear just had its original rear brakes replaced at 70k miles. The Saab dealer said the rotors did not have to be replaced, they just replaced the pads. It still has the original front brakes and now has 78k miles on them. I have never gotten as much life out of brakes as I have with this car.
#3165 of 3350 Re: Premature replacement of rear brakes [jaybird15]
Jan 05, 2008 (2:43 pm)
Saabs own technical literature requires that the rotors be replaced when pads are replaced. The idea of a rotor being good enough to stay on any vehicle is a function of how thick the rotor still is. Every vehicle manufacture has thickness specifications for the rotors. Also, as rotors wear, they grove. The pads actually "seat" on the rotors and over time, fit like a glove. Putting new pads on a car with worn rotors with high miles on them will just lead to premature pad wear and result in have to replace both soon.
With all that said, I am not looking at the vehicle and I can't see your rotors. Perhaps teh dealer goofed....perhaps you are one of the very lucky few. I find that Saab technicians are better then most, so it must be the later.
If I were you, I would ask the dealer how thick they were. If they were within spec, then so be it.
#3166 of 3350 Re: 2005 or 2006 9-3 Coupe--what's the deal? [swink]
Jan 05, 2008 (2:47 pm)
Your statement is 100% IMO about Saabs AND, they do make a lot of trips to the shop.
I bought mine at 22k miles 18 months ago. I have 50k on it now. Since I have had it, it has been to the shop 4 times for warranty work:
1 - Faded door handles
2 - Peeling interior trim
3 - Inop. sun roof
4 - Minror tranny issues
5 - Broken coil spring
6 - Two smog pumps
7 - Problems with radio
8 - Seat belt problems
Each time, the dealer has taken care of everything w/o issue. Saabs are nice cars....just be sure to have one with a warranty.
#3167 of 3350 Extra Oil Change
Jan 08, 2008 (10:58 am)
Anyone got an (extra) oil change before the 10k miles / 12 months (say, at like 3k or 5k miles)? Can anyone tell me if the extra oil change is necessary or good for the car?
I bought a brand new 9-3 in December 07 but noticed the car has been sitting on the lot since June 07. So I'm curious if an extra oil change is necessary since supposedly the car sat at the dealership for 6 months undriven (from June - December 07).