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Hi All,

I sold my 9-5 and couldn't pass up a deal on a 2011 9-3 sedan. It is a used vehicle that was used as a rental previously. It's got 38,000 miles on it. The carfax report says it has had regular maintenance at the recommended intervals. Still, that's a lot of miles for one year.

The car drives great and has plenty of power. The interior looks new. Are there any maintenance items I should look out for based on others' past 9-3 experiences?

As for immediate upgrades, I'm looking to:
1. Replace GM-radio unit with a GPS. Can someone recommend a double-din unit with the following:
- bluetooth
- line-in with USB interface for iPhone
- large GPS lcd that will fill the whole double-din unit (not looking for anything that flips out)
- good voice control would be ideal, touchscreen input is required
- 3D lane by lane directions is a nice to have

2. tint the windows
3. replace the mirror with the one that has the programmable garage door opener and auto-dim...I'll search the forums for those details
4. K&S engine filter
5. Tires
-looking for good all-season tires as I won't be seeing much snow. My wife has Bridgestone Turanza Serenitys on her SUV, but that's an all-wheel drive car. I like the grip they have in the rain (it rains for about 4 for months here in the San Francisco Bay Area). Any recommendations for this front-wheel drive model?

6. engine strut brace from Genuine Saab
7. 3 point subframe brace from Genuine Saab
- do these things really work? I've read yes and no.

8. quick upgrade to speakers
- any recommendations on a cost-effective upgrade? Is one even needed? I'm looking for quick plug and play replacement for the drivers. I'm not looking to add amps or additional subwoofers.

Anything else that is recommended and useful?

Thanks!
Thomas
 

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Yes, the strut brace works.

The K&N won't make a big difference but you will be able to hear the turbo a little louder.
 

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1. Go to the store and mess around with in dash gps units. Most will do everything you want, but some of the units are junk. You should also do some searching about replacing the radio. It's not that easy in these cars. Personally im sticking with the oem unit in my 2010 aero, and I just bought a gps unit, and will add an inline converter to do a sub/amp.

5. Continental extreme contact dws. One of the best all seasons you can get. Wait until Discount tire runs their $100 off weekends.

8. Talk to your car audio store about that. What do you want out of your system?
 

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Thank you for the guidance. Btw, check this out y'all:
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/pts/3070099557.html

Maybe I just keep the stock head unit, make a custom (hinged?) dock over it for 7" android tablet with built-in GPS, tether it to my iPhone via bluetooth for internet connectivity (is that possible?) and just drive everything via the line in.

Btw, did I mention I am cheap (at least to myself)? I'm now thinking that electronics get recycled so quickly, maybe I should be an older nav unit and save money there. Is this a good unit? Online reviews are conflicted:
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bar/3078060851.html
 

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Full service tune up, rental car places are notorious for conventional oil and it prob still has the same spark plugs in there.
 

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Thank you for the guidance. Btw, check this out y'all:
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/pts/3070099557.html

Maybe I just keep the stock head unit, make a custom (hinged?) dock over it for 7" android tablet with built-in GPS, tether it to my iPhone via bluetooth for internet connectivity (is that possible?) and just drive everything via the line in.

Btw, did I mention I am cheap (at least to myself)? I'm now thinking that electronics get recycled so quickly, maybe I should be an older nav unit and save money there. Is this a good unit? Online reviews are conflicted:
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bar/3078060851.html
Anything is possible if you want to spend the money. Again what do you want out of your system?

If you are looking for reviews check out Amazon or a car audio forum. The radio is not an easy thing to replace in these cars, so 95% of the people on here are still using factory radios. This means most wont have very much experience with a specific radio. I bought a 2 year old kenwood indash dvd sytem for my Fusion ddx616 for $200. I then paid $200 to add navigation to it. I enjoy the radio but it has quirks. The issue is these radios are designed to do too much stuff, so the OS can be pretty slow on a lot of them. The version I have is pretty good, but the one year newer models are junk. The 2012 models were supposed to be improved with a faster processor.
 

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About the 3-pt subframe brace - yes it works when it's first installed. I noticed an increase in stability/firmness while cornering. BUT as soon as they get beat up (like mine did) they stop working. Mine was bent from hitting something which compeltely took away the stiffening ability of the brace. For a stock ride height car I'd say it's a good cheap investment, but if you're going to lower the car chances are it'll smack on something eventually and be useless.
 

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I agree. People do not treat a rental car like their own car; neither do rental companies. Hopefully, you had an independent Saab specialist checkout the car before you bought it... Ron
 
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