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So I just bought a used 03 9-5 Linear with 117000 mi for $2800. Any tips you could give me would be amazing. I just bought it about 2 hours ago. It is sitting in the guy's driveway until I get it insured and registered tomorrow. My plan is to make an appointment at the local indy shop to get an oil change and have it looked at more thoroughly than I did. Should I also get a full tune-up/trans flush/something else?


Also I'm assuming the nagging fear that I've made a huge mistake is part of the joy of owning one of these.

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Congrats!!! I was nervous when I bought my first Saab, but they are great cars. Just costly when needing a repair!! If I were you, definitely shop around for a tune up/trans flush! Some places will want to charge a few hundred alone for a transflush... I got quoted $700 for one! :confused:

Overall just take care of it, always use premium fuel, and mobil-1 oil euro blend!
 

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You should get a WIS disk(workshop information system) tells you everything you need to about you car. Plus one of the Haynes manuals for the car. Maybe also an EPD (electronic parts directory). All easily purchased on Ebay. This stuff tells just about every procedure you can perform. With some tools the book and a study of the WIS you can learn to DIY a lot of stuff.

Also, welcome to the forums.
 

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Congrats!!! I was nervous when I bought my first Saab, but they are great cars. Just costly when needing a repair!! If I were you, definitely shop around for a tune up/trans flush! Some places will want to charge a few hundred alone for a transflush... I got quoted $700 for one! :confused:

Overall just take care of it, always use premium fuel, and mobil-1 oil euro blend!
Make sure if u take your Saab for a tune up they only use the proper NGK plugs if you take it to a non Saab mechanic they are likely to use whatever will fit and you risk having your engine destroyed or blowing your di.

I don't k ow about auto trans on our Cara but in general a trans flush is not a good idea on a car that has not had them regularly from new it can hurt the trans as well
 

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There is a lot more to it than that. First thing to do, even before you bid on the car was to make sure the new PCV vent kit was installed. There is a recent post in this section showing exactly what to look for, tubing with the white lettering on it. The cars have a sludge problem and most recommend dropping the pan and checking the screen to see the level of sludge blockage.

Another common issue is the blend door for the air distribution. Commonly it fails so that there is only heat or AC going to one side.
 

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To brabberly...

«local indy shop...»

Just a heads-up about indies : many claim to know any and all cars because it's mechanical. Most generalist indies do not know their *ss from a hole in the ground when it comes to Saabs. Common mechanical knowledge is not enough. Saab is a mechanical-electronic world by itself. Do not let yourself be fooled by so-called on-the-spot diagnostic from an indie, unless he/she has been a real Saab or Volvo mechanic for years of professionnal life. Or find an indie who truly specializes in Saabs. You will save yourself a lot of concern and probably a lot of $$.
 

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Congrats! I'd make sure to take it to Saab specialist indi and would have him drop the oil pan to check for sludge and clean as needed. Also have him make sure you have the most current pcv (pcv 6) setup. A tune up, oil change (use syn only to prevent sludge), etc. would be good as well.
 
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