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Saab 9-3, Sedan
#3236 of 3350 Re: [bobbya]
Jul 22, 2008 (10:55 am)
2006 Saab 93 2.0 Turbo. 17k miles
I was also shock to learn during a routine tire rotation that my rear brake pads are at limit. Front is ok. Also, I notice the rear wheels has lots of brake dust from day one.
Talk to B&B Saab in Santa Clara. They offer to replace the rear pads at cost and I accepted. Rotors still ok for now. Still, it is incredible that pads have such a short life.
#3237 of 3350 Re: Brake Pads on the 9-3 [shihanb]
Jul 24, 2008 (6:37 pm)
If the dealer is THAT incompetent, then that is even a bigger reason to not have them touch your brakes.
Some brakes require unique tools, but they are easy to find and rusted bolts and stuck rotors are easily remedied. First, if you use silicon this does not happen. Second, a can a anti-cease will do wonders.
Hey look....someone griped about paying what dealers charge to do brakes. Either do them yourself, or pay someone and don't complain. Rotors and pads are basic stuff.
The hardest part with the Saab 93 is knowing if you have 11.2" or 11.9" rotors in the front. It can be a little confusing especially with the different models and wheel packages. I had to measure mine the first time.
As far as brake dust....I think all Saabs dust like crazy, but you really should see a lot more up front then in the rear. They use pretty soft materials and the fronts should be doing most of the work.
#3238 of 3350 Re: Transmission
Aug 01, 2008 (9:39 pm)
Sorry to start a new line...but I am in desperate need of advice.
My 2004 Saab 9-3 ARC had the transmission go out at 54,000, which as you know is 4000 miles beyond the warranty. Cost on the repair is $3500. The first scheduled transmission SERVICE on this car is at 60,000 miles. I contacted Saab customer service and Saab corporate to request that they contribute to the repair. They refused. This is a clean, well taken care of Saab, with a good service record and driven with care. Any suggestions on how I could convince Saab to help pay for it? This is not a Yugo, the transmission should not go out on a $40,000 "luxury brand" vehicle with this amount of miles. Any similar experiences? Any thoughts?
#3239 of 3350 Re: Transmission [cmagold35]
Aug 02, 2008 (4:22 am)
i think what it comes down to is a) how much you like the car and b) what the book value is, based on condition and mileage.
GM was having that pay employee price discount, which may or may not still be active, that + the arc trade in would get you a nice 2008 at a reasonable price.
it is basically your call - love it or trade it.
#3240 of 3350 Re: Transmission [cmagold35]
Aug 02, 2008 (4:25 am)
one other possibility. my miata needed a new clutch and i got it from a transmission place (aamco) for half the price of what the dealer wanted. not to mention a bad seal they replaced for only twenty dollars while doing the job. get a quote from a transmission place.
#3241 of 3350 Re: Transmission [shihanb]
Aug 02, 2008 (6:18 am)
Never mind. Nothing to see here.
Aug 02, 2008 (6:20 am)
>>Manufacturers have been trying to find the right composition for brake pads since the optimum material was banned,that being asbestos.
Check your facts. Asbestos isn't banned.
#3243 of 3350 Re: [ponytrekker]
Aug 14, 2008 (6:20 pm)
In 1986 our EPA banned asbestos. It was supposed to be totally banned by 1996. However, it was later over-turned by the courts.
Asbestos is still used today, but has been greatly reuced. No major car manufacturer uses asbestos pads anymore.
Ironically, the material works very well and cars stop better because of it.
#3244 of 3350 Cabin Filter
Aug 14, 2008 (6:21 pm)
Anyone know where the dam cabin filter is on a 2003 Saab 9-3? Stealership wants $125 to replace the cabin and engine filter. I sourced the parts myself for $30 (for both of them), but the manual makes no mention of it anywhere.
#3245 of 3350 Prospective Owner: Noise & Snow Handling
Aug 16, 2008 (5:58 am)
Hi, I am considering a new 93 Aero and had two concerns; Is this car noisy on the highway? My Acura is so loud on the hwy, I can't hear my cell phone conv. I was told all Acura's are like that, even my "fancy" RL. So I am thinking of a Saab 93 4 door sedan as a replacement. Since I have always had 4wd, this time I am considering a Saab with front wheel drive. Can you please comment on how the car deals with snow drifts? Can it get itself out? How does it handle in snow conditions?
Finally, do you think I should step up to the 95 and 6 cyl, 4wd? I would like to get a car that has better mileage than my RL (18/25) and thought the 4 cyl 93 would beat that.