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: typical maintenance for aging saabs

ben c
10th June 2007, 02:09 AM
Hello everybody, I'm very new to these forums. I typically troubleshoot problems from threads here and decided to finally join. Anyways, I was wondering what maintenance some of the veterans or knowlegeable people here think should be performed as a 9-3 approaches the 100,000 mile mark. Aside from obvious things such as fluids and spark plugs (the things i try to change regularly) , are there any typically worn down components that need to be changed, repaired or modified as the car starts to age? I suppose I'm trying to keep my 9-3 running as fresh as possible for as long as possible as well as avoiding any major maintenance. Any help or input would be greatly appreciated.

10th June 2007, 10:49 AM
Welcome Ben, the fuel filter should be changed now and I'd also do all the vacuum lines as it's a cheap and quick job. The link below shows you how.


10th June 2007, 01:13 PM
There are hundreds of items.

1 ...cables stretch , weaken ; replace (clutch), adjust the auto shift cable and hood release cable(very easy). Seat adjust cables do as well(difficult)

2... rubber hardens, cracks ; replace vacuum hose, coolant hoses, CV boots. IMO, the coolant hoses last a long time..as do the brake system rubber parts.

3....fluids and filters

Cleaning and inspections are vital..
Some parts, such as pulleys and resistors are highly stressed........

ben c
10th June 2007, 02:30 PM
thank you both for the input. I'm already pretty good about changing filters regularly, because you might as well go ahead and do it while changing oil and whatnot. As for the vac lines, is it just the task of disconnecting the worn out hoses and then reattatching new ones? also, earthworm, do you know of any links for the rubber replacements you mentioned?

10th June 2007, 06:13 PM

As previously mentioned..

The rubber includes such things as the wiper blades( good for 1 to 4 years ?), shock/strut bushings, CV joint boots, engine mounts, coolant hoses, even door seals(last a good long time on the better cars).. These items generally last longer now than ever - but their life becomes a precarious thing between 10 to 15 years...