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  1. Is my suspension bad, or am I getting old?

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Posted this in the Saab America group on Facebook as well, so if anyone spots that, yeah, it was me. I have a 2008 9-3 SportCombi 2.0T. It has done 134 thousand miles. Did the so-called big service at a shop around 113 000 (and he did all the recommended things that usually is done at 120)...
  2. 90k mile standard/preventative maintenance

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Hello, I'm new to the forum. My name is Sean. I've got a 2009 9-3 XWD Aero 6 speed that just hit 90,000 miles. I've owned it for about a year and a half and bought it with around 75,000 miles. So far I've changed all the differential fluids for the drive train and XWD system as well as the...
  3. very very tiny metal specks in filter normal?

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    hey guys, before i say anything, i have already ordered a blackstone oil analysis kit to do an oil analysis. i did an oil change on my 06 93 with 195k, i spread the oil filter media out to look for carbon, metal or plastic etc. the only thing i saw were a tiny tiny amount of really small metal...
  4. saab lovers/home mechanic in socal

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    hey guys. as a student here who has a tight budget, i was wondering if there are any home mechanics who are also saab enthusiasts from los angeles area that can help me out with my car. i am located in gardena. i want to get my cv axles replace or just the cv boots. a coolant change and just a...
  5. Did I Just Royally Screw Up?

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Hey everyone, Hoping y'all can help and give me good news. So unfortunately my baby has been getting some terrible neglect from thanks to my health and that has led to my car sitting with the gas tank a 1/4 full while we get just ridiculous amounts of rain and high humidity for weeks at a...
  6. Replacing Shocks / Struts / Axles Brakes question

    9-5 Workshop
    My 2003 9-5 Aero has 177,000 miles, (got her at 125,000 in 2013). I get some 'rumbling' from the back end and a 'grinding hum' from left front - could it be a wheel bearing? I have these replacement parts: 1) Shocks, 2) Struts, 3) Front Wheel Hubs, 4) New Rotors & Pads (front & back), 5) New...
  7. Bought Used 03 SS Vector, now what?

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Hey everybody, I helped my friend buy a 2003 9-3 SS Vector,4 Cylinder, 6-Speed Manual. And we are planning to do the maintenance ourselves, so I'm developing a plan. The car has a "stutter" or "judder" under hard acceleration for a few seconds and then it evens out. From reading this...
  8. Saab specialist Bradenton

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Hi i would like to buy a 2008 saab but it looks like I am living in a Saab desert ! Anyone with a good address to keep a saab in healthy shape in the tampa bay-sarasota area ? Thanks !!!!
  9. 1999 9-3 - 150kmiles service?

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    Hi guys. I'm after ideas and tips. I've a 99 9-3 (B204i Motronic) I've had about 3 years now. Just done about 145000miles so giving it a massive service as we're about to do some touring around Europe with it (I'm in the UK) No major problems with it, just niggly little things like intermittent...
  10. Saab maintenance/repair in sarasota

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Hi, i am still thinking of buying a saab 93 convertible for my sarasota home. But where can i have it maintained in the sarasota tampa area ? I am looking for a no nonsense car mechanic who knows saabs.
  11. Car won't turn on!

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Hi, I just changed the spark plugs in my 2005 Saab 9-3. I turned the car on and at first it wanted to choke and shut off but then it turned and idled well. I turned on the car off twice and turned it on. I left my friends garage and drove it for 10 minutes and had no problem and parked it at my...
  12. Cleaning wheel badges

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    When I picked up my '06 9-3, I thought that the center of my wheels were just black. After reading the forum and seeing pictures of others' wheels, I realized they should have the griffin head on them. I checked a bit closer, and sure enough the griffin head is present, but not readily visible...
  13. Opinions on Radiator change out

    9-5 Workshop
    Wondering what your thoughts would be on changing out the (original) radiator prior to it failing as a preventative measure? I am at 153k and driving from 800-1000 a week. I just replaced my water pump and all hoses / seals and although the radiator is not leaking, I am thinking about replacing...
  14. Mobil 1 Extended Synthetic

    9-5 Workshop
    Hi guys, I have a topic for discussion. I was on Mobil's website checking out their oils (yes, Friday night) and found this quote talking about their Extended Synthetic: Upon what driving conditions are these performance claims based? Normal or severe driving...
  15. What's your preferred way to get under your car?

    9-5 Workshop
    Hi guys, I have a safety related question. There's something about crawling under a car on jack stands that makes me think I'm about to win a Darwin award. I was under mine today doing the PCV update. What's the preferred (safest) way to get under the car, without digging an access pit in my...
  16. What next?

    9-5 Workshop
    Hey guys. I bought a 2003 9-5 Linear about two weeks ago. The car has 82k on it and I have most of the service history. It was desludged at about 37K and had oil changes every 3000 miles since. It had the waterpump and alternator done at about 50k. When I bought the car I took it to an indy that...
  17. Tuned NG900: Spark Plugs?

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    Alright, so I'm going to replace the spark plugs on my NG900, which a stage 2 tune. Any ideas of what the best spark plugs are to use now? I'm not very knowledgable in the spark plug department
  18. New 1987 Turbo Owner, Roadtrip, Troubled EDU and Maintenance

    9000 Workshop
    I will be moving 1500 km away next month, and elected to drive. I have obtained a 1987, 9000 Turbo. It has ~275,000 km on it and cost me 700 dollars. I admit that this is not the most rational thing that I have ever done. I am looking for some information to increase the odds of me not feeling...
  19. Help! New to Saab

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    I just bought an 03 linear with 82000 miles and I love the car but I'm having a performance issue. It used to run like a badass ride, but lately it has been super sluggish. When I floor it from the start it jumps to 1500 and accelerates super slowly up to any speed. It doesn't build full boost...
  20. 2004 9-3 -71k for 7.8k - HELP! WTB - Need info!

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop Okay everyone, I'm going to need as much help as you all can give me. There's the link, please check it out. SHOULD I BUY? It's a real good price and has great miles. The carfax is clean, no accidents, good...