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Just picked up my 2002 9-3 SE 5 speed. Thank you all for your help regarding my question about the shifter having vibration. I really don't think it is an issue, and in fact I really don't even notice it anymore, it was all about getting used to a different car.

Last night I drove the car about 70 miles. All I can say is WOW! WOW! WOW! I really don't think you can have more fun in a practical car for the amount of money I paid. Up until this point I had never driven a turbo car, but I can now say I am addicted to boost. The car is such a rush. I just cannot believe how quick the car is. I have never driven the fastest cars in the world, so it feels like a ferrari to me :) Only thing I can compare it to is my fathers new GTO, which has 350 HP, but the funny thing is my new saab is just as fun to drive, and feels just as fast(although I know it can't be...but that turbo just makes it feel like a rocket). Next fastest car I had was a 98 VW GTI VR6, that car was ran about a 15.7 1/4 mile, and I cannot remember the 0-60, but it was decently quick, but did not have the "punch" of the saab. This leads me to two questions:(and I am sure many more in the future)

1) What are the performance specs on this car, such as 0-60, and 1/4 mile. Just curious, as I cannot find anything googling.

2) I plan to change the oil every 3000, even though I am not a hard driver. The place I go is right across from work, so it is not an inconvenience, plus I have another car if I just want to drop it off somewhere else. So what kind of oil should I be requesting it be changed with. semi-synthetic? Full Synthetic? Brand? Unfortunately I have nowhere to do a change myself, so I must take it somewhere. Also, should I be taking this to a special saab place, or should most people be comfortable with a simple oil change on this car? Do I need a saab brand oil filter? If so I will pick up a few from a dealer and take them with me when I get oil changes.

Thank you, this board is great!

Love my new Saab!!!

Doug
 

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Doug,


Congrats.

Where I cannot answer your 2 questions yet, but I can tell you this -- take an expressway on ramp in 3rd (if you're at around 35mph at the end, you're good) and accellerate (floor it) straight off of it up to 70 in 3rd -- that's all turbo power! -- 3rd to 5th shift and it's smooth sailing. That should put a smile on your face, and keep you in your seat... all the while still getting 22+MPG. As your dad if he gets that with his Goat.:)

Oil is personal preference. I take mine to the dealers. The oil *should* be semi synth, however, your PO may have switched to full synth. I am not sure how to check... but there are other threads here with answers to both of your questions.

Good luck, and welcome!
 

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What are the performance specs on this car, such as 0-60, and 1/4 mile. Just curious, as I cannot find anything googling.
Just google something like... saab "9-3" "0-60" (use quotes liberally). Pasting from my notes when I was comparing the older and newer models of the 900/9-3:

1997 SET hatch 4-dr
Curb Weight: 3020 lbs
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 6.8 sec.
Braking Distance (60-0 mph): 117 ft.
Road Holding Index: .81 g
Horsepower: 185 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 194 ft-lbs. @ 2100 rpm

2000 9-3 HOT hatch 4-dr
Curb Weight: 3150 lbs
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 7 sec.
Braking Distance (60-0 mph): 117 ft.
Road Holding Index: .81 g
Max Horsepower: 205 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 209 ft-lbs. @ 2200 rpm

There is a lot of performance discussion here, for example:
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-7597.html

The most important performance factor is usually the driver, the numbers game is just something fun to play...

Congratulations on the new car :D
 

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Changing oil every 3K is a bit of overkill, IMO. Every 5,000 is a more agreeable number and is recommended by Saab.

...and it's custom to show us a pic or two of your new girl. ;)


link to car specs

Keep in mind it's a GM Canada website so #'s may be a bit off (Gallons and such).
 

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According to C/D the stats for your car level, but 2001 are:

horsepower: [email protected]
torque: [email protected]
curb weight: 3127
weight ratio: 15.3
0-60: 6.8
0-100: 17.8
1/4 mile: [email protected] mph
top speed: 144
bracking 70-0: 196 ft.
mpg: 22/30

This is the 5-speed model, and the 5 door.
 

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Thanks for the info everyone. I will post some pictures as soon as I find batteries for my camera :)
 

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I like that color. And the interior looks mint!
 

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stromer said:
According to C/D the stats for your car level, but 2001 are:

horsepower: [email protected]
torque: [email protected]
curb weight: 3127
weight ratio: 15.3
0-60: 6.8
0-100: 17.8
1/4 mile: [email protected] mph
top speed: 144
bracking 70-0: 196 ft.
mpg: 22/30

This is the 5-speed model, and the 5 door.
wow, that's a huge difference compared to the stopping distance from edmunds! One of those has to be way off :(
 

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stromer said:
I like that color. And the interior looks mint!
Thanks, I have always liked the color as well. When I saw this car I was sold, and just hoped it was as good as it looked from the pics by the seller. Luckily it was, and so far everything is fantastic after ~150 miles. The interior is truly mint. I really have no clue how someone drove this car 55k and didn't so much as nick the interior. And the exterior is pretty darn good as well. A slight bit of fading on the black plastic trim around the doors, a couple of nicks in the paint from rocks, and some rim to curb marks. Other than that, the whole car is in really good shape. I have a feeling the brakes won't make it more than a year, but the rotors still look good, so I should just need pads. Suspension seems to be in great condition, and the clutch still seems to have a good bit of life left in it. So far I am happy with my purchase.
 

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wow, that's a huge difference compared to the stopping distance from edmunds! One of those has to be way off :(
notice that edmunds tested 60-0
c+d tested 70-0, a more practical number


thats a HOT color by the way, nice catch.
 
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WOW! I never realized how much better the interior looks with the leather door inserts than the fuzzy ones in years prior to 2002. The grey ones in my car contrast really badly with the charcoal leather, and I think they're fading. Nice car, you'll enjoy it.
 

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I've got a question since you can see a pic of the interior of my car. See the big square button looking thing right behind the rear window switches? Is that supposed to be a button? It looks like a button, but does not do anything. Is it a section where a button would be for a certain option? My car seems to have all the options. I am a bit confused by it. I originally thought it may pop the fueling door, till I realized the fueling door is controlled directly by the doors being locked or unlocked.

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DougR said:
I've got a question since you can see a pic of the interior of my car. See the big square button looking thing right behind the rear window switches? Is that supposed to be a button? It looks like a button, but does not do anything. Is it a section where a button would be for a certain option? My car seems to have all the options. I am a bit confused by it. I originally thought it may pop the fueling door, till I realized the fueling door is controlled directly by the doors being locked or unlocked.

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In earlier versions of the car, not sure if it was an option in the '01 or '02 in the US, that button was the rear seat heater switch.

How's about that? keeping the friends/kids buns toasty in the winter! :D
 

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NEW FOR 2002:

-REAR SEAT HEATER DISCONTINUED

It was available thru the entire model range UNTIL 2002...
 
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