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9-3 Sedan, Cabrio ('04+)/Combi & 9-3X Performance Mods & Tuning - ALL ENGINES Covers GENERAL Tuning & Performance modifications that are *non-engine specific* in nature

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Old 20th March 2004
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first off.. this is my first post.. no big deal, no applause needed.. (ok go ahead..) but now down to business..

i went to my local saab shop today and found a used (03) 9-3 linear.. cheap money and so on... ok, so now heres ewhere you guys come in.. ive never owned a saab b4, and am hoping to find out BEFORE i buy, weather or not they have any"common illnesses" like VW's and O2 sensores or coil packs.. i would greatly appreciate you guys' help, ive got an appt. monday afternoon to go work a deal on it, so if you could reply ASAP, id uber-dig it! thanks guys..

ok, you can sit now. :wink:
oh wait, i almost forgot.. im having a little trouble finding "GOOD" saab tuner pages.. if you guys could trow a few links my, that'd rock!
ok... sit back down! ops:
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- No common illness with the 9-3's besides rattles. Some are experiencing problem with this and that, but most of these problems have not been classified as common. The 2004's are said to have less rattles. Here is a link to a thread which posts the most common problems people are experiencing!

http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=22541

- If the car you are looking at has an automatic transmission, then you might experience some stalling every once in a while. A software upgrade can resolve this problem, if it hasnt already been done.

- Tuning wise: there isnt much aftermarket products available for the 9-3ss as it has been introduced only about a year ago (2003). Here is a website for and ECU software upgrade by BSR; a repuatable tuning company. You can purchase it from Parts for Saabs at:

http://www.partsforsaabs.com/default.php?cPath=28_270


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Welcome M4Gunner, I agree with SS, mostly rattles althoug not everyone has them. Most glitches are software related and can usually be fixed quite easily. There are no consistent mechanical problems.

Tuning specialists are Abbott, BSR, Nordic and soon Hirsch, all have been modding Saabs for years. Like SS said there is not much for the SS yet. Best bang for your buck would be the BSR PPC. Cheers
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first off.. this is my first post.. no big deal, no applause needed.. (ok go ahead..) but now down to business..

i went to my local saab shop today and found a used (03) 9-3 linear.. cheap money and so on... ok, so now heres ewhere you guys come in.. ive never owned a saab b4, and am hoping to find out BEFORE i buy, weather or not they have any"common illnesses" like VW's and O2 sensores or coil packs.. i would greatly appreciate you guys' help, ive got an appt. monday afternoon to go work a deal on it, so if you could reply ASAP, id uber-dig it! thanks guys..

ok, you can sit now. :wink:
oh wait, i almost forgot.. im having a little trouble finding "GOOD" saab tuner pages.. if you guys could trow a few links my, that'd rock!
ok... sit back down! ops:
Get the SAAB you will love it! I have had an 03 Linear for almost a year now and I like more and more every day.Now for the fun stuff, the answer to your question, www.genuinesaab.com is the most reliable and helpful tuner/product site I have come across, if you call them ask for nick.
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SWEET! thanks guys, that should help alot. hopefully they'll be coming out with more goodies soon! hopefully ill have some pics of my soon-to-be new toy early this week! BTW, can anyone here help me out w/ hosting? if not, i think i can get it done. thanks again guys!
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SWEET! thanks guys, that should help alot. hopefully they'll be coming out with more goodies soon! hopefully ill have some pics of my soon-to-be new toy early this week! BTW, can anyone here help me out w/ hosting? if not, i think i can get it done. thanks again guys!
take care

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If you want someone to host your pictures, i can do it for you. PM me and i will give you my email address so that you can send me your pics!!!
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