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Hey,

I just moved to Australia and me and my mom want to buy a Saab 9-3 SE 5 door hatchback, it has 125,000 KM on the clock, 2Lt and its a 4 speed Automatic.
They are selling it for 12 000 AUS dollars. And we dont know if it is good or not? :)
So what do you think? And Is this model good? Is it worth it?

Oh, and I just bought a 900i saab yesterday. We love saabs!!!!

Thanks a lot,
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What year? Cant make a guess on "value for money" without it. 12K A$ is about 4K GB£ and about 8K US$. Mileage at 78,000 doesnt seem to be bad

Also, just kicking the tyres will not tell you if the cars any good. Get a mechanic to check it over if in doubt. Especially the PCV pipes - I learnt the hard way!
 

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What year? Cant make a guess on "value for money" without it. 12K A$ is about 4K GB£ and about 8K US$. Mileage at 78,000 doesnt seem to be bad

Also, just kicking the tyres will not tell you if the cars any good. Get a mechanic to check it over if in doubt. Especially the PCV pipes - I learnt the hard way!

Its year 1999.. hmm so dont know if we shoud get it.. And what are the PCV pipes? thanks!
 

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8 year old car for £4000 seems to be about right with the mileage.

PCV has numerous threads - do a search, but in a nutshell, it is a series of rubber pipes running around the outside of the engine which allow internal pressure balancing and venting back into the engine. Squeezing these pipes is a must, and if any are "mushy" then they need to be replaced, as the oil breaks them down and perishes the rubber. This can lead to catastrphic engine failure, or other such nasties!
 

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More suspicions than ever ,that the basis for engine killing sludge is the PVC(positive vented crankcase) hose material.

Toyota, VW, Chrysler may use the same hose substance...or a similar design...

It would be very interesting to know the physical and elemental make up of the sludge...

$12,000 Aussie dollars seems high, but these are so many economic differences between Australia and America......
 

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it is actually right on the money for a 99 9-3 in Australia... very fair price. I would expect to pay between aud11k to aud14k for a 99 9-3 - depending upon condition and model type of course.

Does it have full service history? What is the condition like?

Could always take it to a saab specialist for a once over for peace of mind too... a pre-purchase inspection.

good luck with it

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:) Hi, I bought one last December with only 53000 Kms. for A$16500.
Make sure you check the firewall/bulkhead for cracks, SAAB recall, on the forum. Just pulled out the ABS module as it kicked out my speedo/ABS etc.
Sending it to Sydney for rework $190 :) Log book needs to be checked too
for Reg. services by a Saab garage. Have it thoughouly checked over before purchase. Otherwise a nice car to drive. Good luck. cya
 
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