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Old 26th August 2008
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As some of you may know, my 2003 linear was totaled in a rear-end accident. For whatever reason, the insurance company requires us to keep the car, and they will only pay the current cash value minus $1,900 for the damaged car. They'll make arrangement with a nearby junk yard so that we'll have no trouble selling the damaged car for $1,900.

What got me thinking is the fact that the entire front end of the car is intact. Given how expensive Saab OEM parts are, I'm thinking about parting it out and sell them bit by bit. For example, a used engine without turbo charger will fetch about $2200 on SaabSite. Even if I only get half of the asking price of new parts, it can't be that hard to fetch more than what the junk yard will pay.

A few valuable parts that I can think of:
- Engine parts like header, piston, engine block.
- Turbo charger and pipes
- exhaust system
- 5 speed manual transmission
- headlights, fog lights, side marker
- windshield, door glasses, rear glass, mirrors
- hood, grill, airbox, alternator, water pump, power steering pump
- wheels
- front door assembly (rear doors are jammed, so I assume they are worthless)
- front seats?
- brake system parts, like master cylinder, brand new front brake rotors and pads.
- cd player, radio, dashboard, climate control, amp, speaker
- front bumper assembly
- a lot more little things

All of the above mentioned parts are easy to take off, except engine, transmission, and turbo charger system. It got to be worth more than $1,900.

So what do you think? Is it going to be worth the hassle? One problem is I don't have a garage so I'll have to rent one where I can work on the car.
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Old 26th August 2008
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It will be a hastle, and it will be very time consuming, but I think you've really answered your own question here. You will make some money.
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You will definitely make some money but it's going to be a lot of work. That's where the value add from the junkyard comes in and that's where they make the money from. However, the engine will definitely fetch more than the $2K value. Everything else is free after that! You can fetch whatever $$ buyers are willing to shell out for.
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please tell me you have HIDs though--
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Old 26th August 2008
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No I have the halogen system. But I believe the lens are the same.

One thing I forgot to mention is the ECU has BSR stage 1. Don't know if this make any difference, since it seems ECU is married to a certain VIN number which makes them useless on another car.
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I agree with the above, definitely some profit there, but some difficulty as well. If you've done some mechanical work it's certainly doable, it's just a question of how much effort you want to put into it. Taking out the engine or transmission will be several hours work, you'll probably need a hoist etc. Then you need to find a local buyer who'll pay what it's worth OR figure out how to advertise and truck ship it. Each step has the potential to be maddening.

If you do it, sell the engine and trans as complete assemblies, turbo, manifold etc in place.

Don't overlook the other stuff that comes off easily - seats, headlights, trim, hood, radio, switches etc. Check ebay for going rates.

Keep in mind that when you've stripped it, the yard might not give you anything for it. They might even charge.
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hey if you have a icm2 or icm3 and you divorce it i would buy it from you
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I would take the interior blower fan off your hands...
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if possible i could use a few buttons.. and PLEASE if you have one of these:

it's the little light that is under the door .. its only on the front left/right. i need the RIGHT SIDE (passenger) one!

it pops right out with a flat head screw driver. this part cost like 30 bucks after shipping to order FROM saab. i would love you! name your price!





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i will take the rear center seat belt assembly. fuel pump/sender unit if it survived the crash.
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Me want Front Grill.
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Airbox,

Foglight lenses if they are not pitted.

Headlight wire harness for high beams including plugs and bulbs.
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Ill take the trunk amp, autodimming rearview, and possibly the wheels if they are in good shape and 17's. If you have a sunroof and the headliner is in beige I'll take it and all the associated parts.

Where in NJ are you located?
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in this thread along you could make that money. look at all the people asking!
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I'll take the front spoiler. Need one for winter. And the BSR PPC... I'd need a VIN change or something right? Oh and the headlights too if they aren't spoken for already.

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I'll take the driverside headlight if it's clear, not hazed up. I'll also take your BSR-1 ecu if your car is a stick/5-spd. PM me your offer if you're interested to part these item out.
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I'll take the front spoiler. Need one for winter. And the BSR PPC... I'd need a VIN change or something right? Oh and the headlights too if they aren't spoken for already.
Awww man, the BsR PPC and headlight are spoken for! LOL!
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Thanks for so much replies. Right now the car is in CA with my wife, while I'm in NJ. It will be at least 2-3 months before I move to CA and be able to ship out the parts (that is assuming if we take the option of parting it myself). Of course if you can teach my wife how to disassemble a car then you can get it earlier...

I'll keep you guys updated.

The car is a base model 2003 Linear without any optional equipment except 16" wheels. So no sunroof for ya...
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