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Following up on a very old thread I started here: Any experience with Spectra fuel pumps?

For those of us who have a North American 2006+ 9-5, we have the "upgraded" fuel pump assembly with the non-serviceable in-tank filter and a fuel tank drop required for pump assembly replacement.

I've been living with a wonky fuel gauge for 3+ years now and I finally decided to bite the bullet and replace the entire pump assembly. The North American style 2006+ OEM pumps are getting really hard to find, and if you do find one they cost upwards of $800 USD.

I am not comfortable with Pro Parts for a component as critical as the fuel pump. A good middle ground seems to be the Spectra Premium SP5121M which can be had for around $230 USD FROM Amazon as of this writing.

The pump is being installed today (8/5/22) and I will report back after the install how it's working. I am keeping my old pump assembly as a backup just in case I have issues with the new one. I'll keep you guys posted. Hopefully it's an affordable viable alternative to the non-existent OEM pumps.

**Workshop Information System (WIS) tip: If you use the WIS with the default settings, you will not find the correct fuel pump replacement procedure for the 2006+ North American style fuel pump. To remedy this go to Tools > User Manager and create a new user. Set the language to English and the market to United States. Then re-launch WIS and choose your new user instead of Default. Once you do this, you will be able to find the correct procedure for the North American style fuel pump. I've also attached the instructions here just to be nice.
 

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Looking forward to your after action report, particularly details on dropping the tank or getting the sawzall out.馃憤
I took the lazy way out and had a pro do this install. There's a Cadillac (GM) dealer nearby that actually has a guy who specializes in Saabs. I try to do most Saab things myself, but when motivation levels are low he's my go-to Saab tech. They are charging me for three hours of labor which seemed reasonable enough, given the fuel tank drop and all. And they are cool about me using my own parts.
 

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I would鈥檝e done the same thing. So far I鈥檝e lucked out and I have an old school saab specialist independent about 40 miles south of me. He鈥檚 my go to for stuff that is too much of a pain in the ***. My only fear is that one of these days he will age out. Let us know how that new pump performs.
 

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I would鈥檝e done the same thing. So far I鈥檝e lucked out and I have an old school saab specialist independent about 40 miles south of me. He鈥檚 my go to for stuff that is too much of a pain in the ***. My only fear is that one of these days he will age out. Let us know how that new pump performs.
So far so good, got it back this afternoon. Gas gauge works properly again! I guess longevity will be the true test. One thing I noticed immediately is how fast the car starts up now鈥ew pump fires up the car almost instantaneously, whereas before it was taking 2-3 seconds to crank.
 
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