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I have always been fascinated by Saab's but never ever had the oppurtunity to really know about one. I'm looking at this car which has been well maintained but I'm yet to test drive it. Are there any red flags I should watch out for?

And is it true that Saab's are prone to breakdowns and are riddled with problems after 50-60K miles? What about maintenance? The car I'm looking at has done 53K miles.

Thanks in advance for your response...!
 

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tequilafloyd said:
Are there any red flags I should watch out for?

And is it true that Saab's are prone to breakdowns and are riddled with problems after 50-60K miles? What about maintenance? The car I'm looking at has done 53K miles.

Thanks in advance for your response...!
Saabs are no worse than any other brand of car in the reliability stakes. Don't forget people only visit here when they have a problem, not when the car is running fine. My car has 105k miles on it, Chris has 125k, Finn has 120k on his, how are we doing so far? :cheesy: Saabs are capable of stellar mileages if maintained properly. The V6 is a reliable unit, but its important to follow the maintainance schedule, especially the timing belt change (approx 60k). You might want to get them to change it if you're serious about buying or cost it into the buying price.
 

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I have the car in question except it is a 2001. I had purchased an extended warranty and this was a one owner lease that ended.

I too did some research be for I purchased mine( only had it for a month and I love it, it's fast, good looking but not unique. Where I live there must be more Saab then any other car, could be that it is a town dominated but Swedes and Norwegians:D )

I could not find any article that says Saab's are more prone to breakdowns and reliability issues. It is always some schmuck who had a bad luck, so they bad mouth the car and you know how rumors start. If you take good care of it and do the necessary service along with timed oil changes you should be good. You can always find something negative about any auto.
Just take care of it and get Great advice from the Saab pros on this site and you should do well. Definitely drive it before you buy it. Don't forget to try out the Sport mode, it could bethe deciding point to your purchase, and it Will put shame to all the civic/ acura ricers out there. :p
 

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Kermits 9-5 said:
My car has 105k miles on it, Chris has 125k, Finn has 120k on his, how are we doing so far? :cheesy:
Mine's on near 140k but I think its only the speedo thats done that many miles the rest of the car has been replaced :roll:
 
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My opinion. I love the V6 engine. If you just want a reliable comfortable car and not overly worried about petrol consumption then go for it.. if you want a car that you can tinker with, upgrade and generally muck about with then go for the 2.3 or even the 2.ltr. Just my 42cents worth.. :D
 

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If you're at all thinking of modding the engine, avoid the V6 like the plague. Otherwise it's fine.
 

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If you're at all thinking of modding the engine, avoid the V6 like the plague. Otherwise it's fine.
Well you do have the Nordic Stage 2 kit. But boy is it pricey! :eek:
 

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I’ve had my 1999 3.0 V6 for approx 20 months. Bought from a dealer (not a specialist or Saab dealer), @ 65k with full main dealer history.

Now on ~ 85k. When I bought it I got a warranty through the dealer for 12 months for £200, I didn’t need it but it gave me peace of mind at the time. To renew it, it would have cost over £450 so I didn’t bother.

I took it to a specialist for the 66k service, I asked him about any problems to watch out for on the 3.0 V6,

He said he had NEVER known a problem with the 3.0 V6 engine when its been serviced PROPERLY.



Repairs/replacements/problems in ~20 months:-

1) Three sets of headlamp bulbs, 2 sets of Halfrauds & 1 Bosch. (I found a cheap bulk supplier, so I bought 10 bulbs for ~£1.75ea & I haven’t blown any in the last 6 months).



2) Two courtesy bulbs below the NS rear door.



3) Seat belt not retracting properly.-removed the cowling off the pillar, blew it out with compressed air, a squirt of WD40, that was a year ago, its been ok since.



4) Temperature needle went to zero a couple of weeks ago & it threw a Check Engine on me. It was just a loose connection on the sender.



5) I eventually got peeved off with lines of pixels missing on the SID, so I took it apart, stroked it with a ball point pen and packed it (hard) with foam. That was a couple of months ago, 100% ok now.



A new exhaust a couple of months ago, got a stainless cat back from M.J.Performance for £299. (Kwik fit wanted £280 for a mild steel back box).



ALWAYS make sure it has fully synth. Ordinary mineral oil just isn’t up to the requirements of a turbo. Mine used a quarter of a Litre in 12k miles. A genuine saab oil filter from a main dealer is only ~£5 so don’t use a Halfrauds own.



For just over £1k you can get it pumped up from 200Hp to 250Hp. I don’t know anyone who’s done it so there’s no feedback on what its like.



A sports car it aint, but it cant be beat for comfort on long journeys. And there aint many sports cars that can take me on a straight.



Its built as a cruiser so modified suspension & bigger wheels should make it go round corners better.



THINGS TO CHECK

Tyres worn evenly, disc’s/pads, shockers, smoky exhaust, clean engine, clean oil, you should NEARLY be able to stand a coin on its edge on the engine on tickover when warm. If the fluid in the auto box smells burnt WALK AWAY.



Prices of course are only relevant to UK but it will give a rough idea.

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My Hp figures are a little out.



Has anybody had this done (Nordic stage 2 = 240 Hp/390 Nm for the 3.0 V6)?



http://nordictuning.com/saabtuning/9-5_sedan/tuning-index.html/9-5_v6_w_99-01_aut_st2.html



Price is 13500 sek = just under £1000 = $1750

Is this the price all in @ a Nordic supplier/agent, or do I have to ship over to Sweden?


HTH

Pete
 

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My V6 has just done 140K miles and i have had no problems. I have had Bmw's and Audi's in the past and none of them live up to the reliability i have had with my saab. I get an oil change and new oil filter every 6 months and follow the service schedule to the letter.
 
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