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#3332 of 3344 Need SAAB buying advice for 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T
Aug 30, 2012 (12:13 pm)
Hello! My name is Marin. I'm a Senior College student. I'm looking to buy a used car and came across a 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T. I love the car, have test driven it, and my insurance would be cheaper. My only drawback is that since I'm a college student I'm worried maintenance will be too expensive. Can anyone give me advice on whether I should buy this car or not? It's going for $8990, clean title, very well taken care of, and has 85,700 miles on it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
#3333 of 3344 Re: Need SAAB buying advice for 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T [marinjnsn]
Aug 30, 2012 (11:08 am)
I owned this car (bought new) and put 120k on it in 4.5 years. I just sold it to by another Saab, the new 9-5 for a crazy good deal. While the maintenance is a little higher than average, it is not too bad. Once I replaced the crappy factory brake pads (rear) at 20k miles, I had nothing other than scheduled maintenance. Oil changes usually ran $85 every 5k miles since it was mobile one synthetic. Premium gas costs a bit more, but the price you pay for the smile that the turbo puts on your face. One of the reasons that I sold was the suspension was getting a little soft and I figured I'd just put money on new car instead. Definitely not so soft that I didn't want to drive it, but riding low with a full load and getting kicked at higher speeds. I really miss my car and wish I had not sold it. I was pretty sure it would have gone another 100k will few problems. Based on the blue book for this car and that the 2007 was one of the 2 best years for reliability, I would say go for it. You get a lot for your money. I would also recommend the Hirsch performance upgrade. I had it done on my car at 90k and it was well worth the money, increased power substantially. Hope this helps!
#3334 of 3344 Re: Need SAAB buying advice for 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T [marinjnsn]
Aug 30, 2012 (11:14 am)
Also, make sure they did the 60k service on it and check the condition of the rotors and pads as replacement can be spendy.
#3335 of 3344 Re: Need SAAB buying advice for 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T [marinjnsn]
Aug 30, 2012 (1:11 pm)
I have a 2007 Saab 9-3, 2.0T. Great car. The only time it was in service was for a battery, replacing tires and general oil change. Great in winter driving. Still drives tight. I have 79,000 miles. I'd go for it. I'd also try to talk him down a bit on the price. I've seen 2012 for 16,000 new.
#3336 of 3344 Re: Need SAAB buying advice for 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T [marinjnsn]
Aug 31, 2012 (5:09 am)
Got the 2008 9-3, this was the year they redesigned the look of the car and IMO it is much better. I also think you could do as well or better at the $8990 price point with a later model.
As far as maintenance, SAABs can get pricey- just fact of life. $75 for a synthetic oil change, $28 for a brake light bulb, $600+ for a set of brakes are examples, and no these are not dealer service prices.
#3337 of 3344 Re: Need SAAB buying advice for 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T [sicilia]
Aug 31, 2012 (5:38 am)
Buy your own light bulbs and replace them yourself. Saves a lot of money. Very easy to do.
#3338 of 3344 Re: Need SAAB buying advice for 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T [sicilia]
Aug 31, 2012 (8:57 am)
These cost numbers re unbelievable except oil change. Yet. Syn oil typical $6/qt, fliter PURO $5. Take the offers of 5.1 Q jug with free puro..for $27 29 etc.
What bulb is that which cost $28..? I just put HID lights on Volvo [two] for $35...[only 35 watt consumption and twice brighter than T-H bulbs. True these were Chinese.
Get rotors and pads from AutoHaus in AZ..sells most import stuff.
Whats expensive is the darn TURBO in these cars...so use of syn oil and prem gas[min Octane 91]...helps. And the suspension links/joints..4 in F plus labor $ 700 avege.
#3339 of 3344 Transmission OIL CHANGE
Aug 31, 2012 (9:05 am)
Despite advice from a 'expert in SAABs' from E Europe...[to not to change SAAB Tr oil], I did.
Used the Mobil 1 synthetic...cost abt $9/qt.
Trick is to drain...and fill, close lightly the plug, then start the engine[pumps used oil , and some new to the sump], then drain again...u will see the oil color get better after 4 or so iterations as explained. By then possibly u would ve conssumed 6 Qts. Total capcty is 7 I hink.
OR else u must suck oil outa sump...by a pump, but that too maynot ensure that u re taking all out of the T Convrtr.
the old oil at 108k was greyish..and dinot smell burnt, but did smell 'not good'...the new oil sits well, runs the Tr fine, but level adjustment is to done right...at correct temp, and shifting the gear stick in D, R N etc as suggested in the user manl.
I don't know what to do abt Volvo's oil change [at 110 k miles]...cannot find the darn plug.
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#3340 of 3344 Torque specs and sequence for head gasket
Sep 06, 2012 (7:49 pm)
I am replacing a headgasket for a 2003 Saab 93,2.0 T. Can anybody help me with a link or info about sequence and torque on the head bolts?Really appreciate it.