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My AC compressor just gave out (it didn't sieze so I thought it was just the pressure switch. Nope, it's the worst case per murphy's law).

Where can I get a compressor for the best price? I found these:


http://acpartshouse.com/inventory/100831-2003-2005-saab-9-3-ac-compressor

http://www.discountacparts.com/2005/Saab/9-3/A-C_Compressor.html

Then of course there is rockauto.com where I find the listings below. Is there ANY reason I should not go with the NISSENS option (it has the european model indicated, is that compressor actually different)? What would you folks recommend?

(and yes yes receiver/dryer, expansion valve, etc. should be replaced but the system lost no pressure and the compressor did not grenade itself and the system has never been opened so there is zero contamination. Refrigerant was down less than once ounce from spec so I see no need to replace them as the system will be evacuated and will sit at vacuum for 30 minutes to ensure that what tiny bit of water vapor enters while swapping the compressor will boil off and be a non-issue)

NISSENS Part # 89066 Manufacturer Restriction: SANDEN; Belt Pulley Ø [mm]: 100; Capacity Compressor [cc]: 106; Operating Voltage: 12; Inlet Ø [mm]: 15,2; Outlet Ø [mm]: 12,5; Oil Fill Quantity [ml]: 150; Compressor ID: TRS105; Number of grooves: 6; Refrigerant: R 134a
(Only 3 Remaining)
* Stocked in outlying warehouse--shipping delayed up to 1 business day$216.79$0.00$216.79
FOUR SEASONS Part # 97558 Remanufactured w/ Clutch
w/ SD7V16 Compressor

$306.89$25.00$331.89
DENSO Part # 4717057
To Chassis/VIN 51041814; OE recommended replacement part.

$378.79$0.00$378.79
DELPHI Part # TSP0155357 Voltage [V]: 12; Manufacturer Restriction: Sanden; Belt Pulley Ø [mm]: 110; Compressor ID: PXV16, Poly-V 5; Refrigerant: R 134a
FWD
w/ Turbo or T or Turbo Performance or t engine

* Stocked in outlying warehouse--shipping delayed up to 3 business days$492.79$0.00$492.79
DELPHI Part # TSP0155287 Voltage [V]: 12; Manufacturer Restriction: Sanden; Belt Pulley Ø [mm]: 100; Compressor ID: TRS105 Scroll, Poly-V 6; Refrigerant: R 134a
For OE number: 4635892; Saloon, w/ T or 1,8t or t engine; Convertible, w/ T or 1,8t or t engine

* Stocked in outlying warehouse--shipping delayed up to 3 business days$517.79$0.00$517.79
VALEO Part # 699348 {Click Info Link for Alternate/OEM Part Numbers} Manufacturer Restriction: PXV168617/8631E; Refrigerant: R 134a; Contents [ml]: 120; Belt Pulley Ø [mm]: 122; Number of Ribs: 6
From 6/2005; To 12/2005; Manual Transmission, Automatic Transmission; To Chassis No.: 51030446, 51041814; Engine Code: B207R; 129kw engine, w/ t engine; 110kw engine, w/ 1,8t engine; 154kw engine, w/ T engine
From 6/2005; To 12/2005; Manual Transmission, Automatic Transmission; To Chassis No.: 51030446, 51041814; Engine Code: B207L; 129kw engine, w/ t engine; 110kw engine, w/ 1,8t engine; 154kw engine, w/ T engine
To 12/2005; Manual Transmission, Automatic Transmission; To Chassis No.: 51030446, 51041814; Engine Code: B207E; 129kw engine, w/ t engine; 110kw engine, w/ 1,8t engine; 154kw engine, w/ T engine
* Stocked in outlying warehouse--shipping delayed up to 2 business days$698.79$0.00$698.79

In the meantime I'm calling the usual suspects - Advance Auto, Pep Boys, NAPA (not in Epping). Not AutoZone though - I regard AZ as a non-entity. ;)
 

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Let me know how it goes, i'm also in for either the compressor or the cooling fan relay switch, as i was told by the mechanic, he asked me to source just the clutch assembly instead of the whole unit because the unit it self does not fail unless its leaking, its the clutch gave out on most of the compressors but i haven't been able to find just teh clutch.
 

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I found a local source (Advance Auto) that could get it to me for Friday and the part # was the original part number so there was no question as to the quality, but for $340, and I had to order the receiver/dryer with it for it to be warrantied. Some of the ones on rockauto and acpartshouse look like the price is too good to be true.

Oh, and good luck on the clutch. :-( I thought about doing the same but between sourcing the clutch and having to swap it and hope it's balanced and that the compressor itself isn't just on borrowed life, I just decided to source the complete assembly then it should be good for another 95K miles.
 

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I found a local source (Advance Auto) that could get it to me for Friday and the part # was the original part number so there was no question as to the quality, but for $340, and I had to order the receiver/dryer with it for it to be warrantied. Some of the ones on rockauto and acpartshouse look like the price is too good to be true.
If you do go through Advance Auto, be sure to look through their discount codes online. $75 off $250 purchase or so should make the price a little less ridiculous.
 

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The saga continues. . .

A/C still isn't fixed. Second bad compressor in a row from Advance Auto. It seems they use a company called Four Seasons to rebuild the compressors, and one of the Radiator+AC shops in the area that my preferred shop referred me to (and actually ran their diagnosis by the radiator+AC specialist after they started suspecting the expansion valve - they confirmed it's just the compressor) calls them "One season" compressors because you're lucky to get one season out of them and they said we're going to get nothing but bad compressors if we keep going with rebuilt. Advance Auto Sucks. #AdvanceAutoSucks

Sooo out of the above options which should I buy? I want to make SURE I get the right compressor. I paid $355 for rebuilt compressors that don't. fraking. work.
 

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I got an answer from elsewhere - this is what I went with:

http://www.discountacparts.com/2005/Saab/9-3/A-C_Compressor.html

My friend told me to call them and ask for a NEW compressor. They recommended this part:

Saab 9-3 A/C Compressor

Description: 2.0L Engine DACP Part Number: 60-01903 NC

Special Price: $395 plus $0 Core.

I also purchased a new expansion valve (I figured since the system has been opened four times now I should replace it regardless of how it tests) and they discounted the valve to $40.00.
 

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I used Discount AC Parts and paid $400 for the compressor, drier and the expansion valve all together. My indie said that they used them before and had good luck with them, but did mention that the expansion valve seemed wrong and they had a hard time fitting it.

They did mention that since they've had a lot of problems with Saab AC compressors, the idea of grabbing one used seems kind of worthless. He said if yours is busted at 35,000 miles, how good do you think the $200 used one is gonna be with 75,000 miles? Hard to argue.
 

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I have the same issue happening right now with my 07 Saab 9-3 Aero.

Whirring noise appears when the A/C is running only. Also, if the A/C is on, the noise increases with RPMs.

The A/C seems to otherwise work fine, so I don't think the compressor is shut. Has anyone been able to locate just the clutch assembly piece?
 

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I have the same issue happening right now with my 07 Saab 9-3 Aero.

Whirring noise appears when the A/C is running only. Also, if the A/C is on, the noise increases with RPMs.

The A/C seems to otherwise work fine, so I don't think the compressor is shut. Has anyone been able to locate just the clutch assembly piece?
Maybe it's something else. Get it diagnosed properly. The expansion valves have been an issue on some V6's.
BTW, I think the oem on the V6 is a Denso.

And glad it worked out Kimvette.
 

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So, I suspect I have a failed A/C compressor in my '04 9-3 as well. It quit blowing cold air last week and today i noticed a clattering sound from the engine... it almost sounded like an old time telephone ringing. I opened up the hood to see if I could trace it and it seemed to be coming from the Compressor. Has anyone else experienced similar symptoms with their compressor going out? I'd like to change it out myself and avoid the cost of labor, but I just thought i'd inquire before I invested in the part.

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So, I suspect I have a failed A/C compressor in my '04 9-3 as well. It quit blowing cold air last week and today i noticed a clattering sound from the engine... it almost sounded like an old time telephone ringing. I opened up the hood to see if I could trace it and it seemed to be coming from the Compressor. Has anyone else experienced similar symptoms with their compressor going out? I'd like to change it out myself and avoid the cost of labor, but I just thought i'd inquire before I invested in the part.

james
Just to ensure...is the sound coming from the blower motor maybe? These are known to go bad. Is it blowing any air at all or just not cold?
 

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Just to ensure...is the sound coming from the blower motor maybe? These are known to go bad. Is it blowing any air at all or just not cold?
Compressor is where the noise is coming from... however, my blower motor is probably going too. It was just squealing at me this morning if it wasn't on full. Fantastic. I'll add it to the list ;)

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