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Took my car to autozone cause the CEL came on. Thought it had something to do with the fuel filter change I did over the weekend. Turns out its the before cat O2 sensor. I have a site I usually use cause the prices are usually pretty good.
They have Bosch Universal for $81.81 or the Bosch OEM for $154.19

What should I go with? Or does someone know of a better place/price?

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Tim

97 900 2.3L
 

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I know from the c900 list, and experience with my c900 that the "universal" might be identical to the official SAAB one. The c900 people were able to order a $50.00 one that fit a Mustang! The part that screws into the exhaust pipe is the same in many cars.

The catch is that the universal one won't have the official connector to the wiring harness. When I put a universal one on my c900, I was advised to NOT solder the wires, but instead twist them together well. Then use shrink tubing to seal the joints up, followed by several layers of electrical tape to keep everything dry. It worked well on that car until I sold it.
 

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Bosch has a pretty nice part finder which lists the front, back, and universal sensor part numbers, as well as a stores and map of your area that carry the parts. $80 sounds about right for a Bosch sensor, or $120-150 for the Bosch sensor with the Saab connector on it.

http://www.boschusa.com/AutoParts/PartFinder/partfinder.asp

Generic sensors that fit cars which use the 4-wire system run $25-50 (search for "4-wire O2 sensor) on ebay motors or elsewhere, and come with a connector set to splice to the old cable. Do not solder the wires if you can avoid it.

Other than the connectors, the generic 4-wire $sensors all do the same thing as the Saab oem sensors for $200-$300 list.
 

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I used a Bosch universal a few months back on a Honda. Worked a charm. Just unplugged the old one, and then connected the plug half to the new sensor. Bosch has quite a good system for connecting the two halves together. I would't hesitate to use the universal on my Saab now that I've seen how well it all works together. And like Jeff said; no soldering. They provide everything you need for the job, including the means to connect the two halves together.
 
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