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New to me 9-3 Aero vert 150K miles, Totally maintenance neglected but never driven in snow or rain, garaged since new driven by a lady driver at her beach house.Did the following:

Change oil. When I asked when it was last done bot a blank stare and the wife said she didn;t remember where so I could not call. Did the change anyway. (Oil looked OK, clear amber)

New Fuel pressure sensor took care of CEL when I bought it (came down on price because of this issues.

New Brakes (akebono pads) Front brakes were nearly metal on metal

Bald tires. Got Sumitomos, Like that they are cheap and good wet, snow, grippy but not the best in corners

Alignment, was so far out (made for the bald tire on the right hand side. )

Resealed the top. Husband told me it did not leak I laughed and showed him the rust stains on the headliner at the bows. They parked it indoors with the top down and it showed, so they may not have noticed. Leaked like sieve, I think more water in the car than out. Took three applications of BMW sealer I like and had to buy in eBay from a dude in Latvia since its not available anymore. It's nice because it eliminates staining as well as waterproofing. 250 ml Bottle diluted 10-1 makes for 2.5 liters of fluid, I will need it, about half way through already. It still has a few wet spots so one more application today should do it.

Clear polished the Saab emblems, they are those pesky urethane ones, I used Mr. Clean magic eraser to scrub, look nearly new.

Fixed a squeaky shifter jalousie. It was horrible, don;t know how they could deal with it. just a couple of sprays of plastic lube did the trick

Next up brake line and Anti-freeze flush, shifter knob replacement (does not lock out gears.), bumper washer squirters, clear one headlight, (one must be a replacement, saw a Saab work order to re-program), needs fuel level sender ( shows empty when filled, 35 miles in and it responds. I will wait and do the fuel pump at the same time.
 

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Posted my 2002 Saab Arc Wagon for sale. I hope to sell it fast. I really hate to see it go. Was the only car I've owned that has all the maintenance records since it was new. Created a note-binder of all the paper work. Still a blast to drive. Check out my link on facebook market place.
 

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Replaced the fuel pressure regulator and all 6 injectors on my 1999 9-5 V6. No more chugging, jerking, and white cloud from exhaust at startup.
 

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I didn't do it today, but rather last weekend (and it took a lot of time) but today I got to listen to the CD changer I installed.

The adapter harness for '02-'05 cars is NLA, so I had to cook up my own. The CD changer end can come from any OG9-3; the two connectors that plug into the factory harness can come from the washer jug level sensor and an NG900 wiper motor. Pay attention in WIS, which gives wire colours and pin numbers for 9-5 and 9-3 (open multiple WIS to make it easy), and off you go.

Installing the changer into the built-in cubby in the wagon's LH side means having to pull the side. Drilling holes for the mounting screws is easy, there are circles where you need to drill. Cutting open the opening for the connector is less fun. The changer actually pokes the connector through the opening, so it's pretty big.

The screws you use are, if I recall, M4x0.75. I purchased 20mm long screws, but 12mm will probably be plenty. Use washers.

Finally, have Tech II on hand to marry changer when you get CDC CODE.
 

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Chased a rattle in the cabin. Turned out that a bolt came completely undone in the 3rd brake light and was sitting in the shelf just above the brake light cover. Put the screw back, tightened it up, put the cover back on and BAM! No more clicking rattle noises.
 

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Sold it! 2003 saab 95 aero, traded in at Mtnviewnissan Chattanooga, went through everything on this car, still kept having odd ball random misfire issues, only think I could think is maybe vacuum leak somewhere I couldn't find, maybe map sensor, or for. I'm any case she's gone now, I put a lot of time and money into that car trying to make her right again but just couldn't depend on it.
 

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Sold it! 2003 saab 95 aero, traded in at Mtnviewnissan Chattanooga, went through everything on this car, still kept having odd ball random misfire issues, only think I could think is maybe vacuum leak somewhere I couldn't find, maybe map sensor, or for. I'm any case she's gone now, I put a lot of time and money into that car trying to make her right again but just couldn't depend on it.
 

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I brought my 2005 9-5 Aero Wagon in to get a little oil leak fixed. I had the oil pressure switch replaced a few weekends ago, promptly drove it 6 hours up to Portland Maine, traveling well over a 100 at times, and another 6 hours back where I may or may not have hit 126 mph while driving past the exit for Storrs, Ct. I'm also getting a set of snow tires and winter rims. I love my Saab. It genuinely makes me happy everyday when I drive it.
 

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Put a new (to me from a yard in Mississippi) front fender on the '07 9-5 SS. Slipped out of gear at work and the parking brake wasn't on :'( (PSA: use your parking brake :)). Tried PDR, but the plastic reinforcement that connects the bumper resisted my glue pulling efforts. All good now though - looks great. New NGK plugs and SEM DIC a couple weeks ago. Diverter valve and vacuum hoses coming up - throwing a 1011 (IIRC). Snows going on in a week or so. Snows on the '08 9-3 SC last week.
 

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I brought my 2005 9-5 Aero Wagon in to get a little oil leak fixed. I had the oil pressure switch replaced a few weekends ago, promptly drove it 6 hours up to Portland Maine, traveling well over a 100 at times, and another 6 hours back where I may or may not have hit 126 mph while driving past the exit for Storrs, Ct. I'm also getting a set of snow tires and winter rims. I love my Saab. It genuinely makes me happy everyday when I drive it.
Needed more work than I expected. The previous owner's garage used glue way too often instead of actually fixing things. Today ended up being a whole new PVC oil trap and seal replacement. I'm lucky I didn't blow up on my last road trip seeing the dumb *** glued connections. It was being held together with invisible band aids.
 

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Went out to start it on Friday. Flat battery. eh? I've left it for multiple weeks before without a problem, now two days and the battery is flat?

I threw the jumper pack on there, still not enough juice. Hmmm...

Battery reads right at 11v. I'm thinking short in the less than 1 year old battery. Sigh. I hate batteries...
 

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02 Aero auto RHD, 192000km. Over the last couple of weeks I've:
  • Replaced vacuum lines (still having Check engine P1110 code so will have to do the bypass valve)
  • Repaired CD Changer - some wood in the cartridge etc, now she's like new.
  • New speaker in the SID - bought a $4 .25W item from electronics store, works a charm and a little quieter than OEM
  • Cleaned up power mirror switch contacts - all good now.
  • Finally got some more keys coded in - remotes still not really working so more to do & probably have to spend a few $$ there, but I've had only 1 key for 4 years so some peace of mind now.
On the list now:
  • pull some small dents out and start some touch up paint jobs. (car is midnight blue, bought some mixed up spray cans and a great match)
  • replace broken RH spot light.
  • fan speed controller (blower & filter done but now again no air flow)
  • plugs etc as I've never changed them,
Medium term:
- some poly bushes
-brakes rotors & pads
-ECU upgrade perhaps.

My 6th Saab - first was 86 900 SPG spec, others were 9Ks (92SE, 96CSE, 98Aero, 98parts car) 7th is an 04 9-3 Aero convertible that needs very little, and summer is here!
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Well, I had a bad speaker basket so I bought some new rear deck JBL's to install. On my way to run some errands the battery light started flashing and I was losing all power. I knew it was the alternator. I made it to a parts store, bought a new battery so I could make it back home, and bought a new alterantor. Took it to my brothers where we replaced bot the alternator and rear speakers. I hope that I never have to replace it again, in my ownership. My brother was all over it, he got to fight the good fight. I'd love to find the engineer that designed this layout.
 

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Replaced rear bushes and fitted Poly ones. Four outer rose joints, which were mostly knackered and the big doughnuts at the front end of the trailing arms which were completely knackered :)
Same effect as when I put poly on the 900NG beam leading edge doughnuts - no more correcting around tight bends, she just goes where she is told now. The sort of mod you don't expect much from, but actually is very nice. I can see a visible reduction in camber. I set 2 degrees toe in

Engine and trans oil changes planned for the Xmas break, plus some Black Diamond rear pads. These work as well as the OE Viggen pads when I put them on the front, very low dust and don't damage discs. Slightly lacking cold bite, but less than EBC red pads which were quite noticeable and no better in terms of stoppage. I have Aero sized discs all round after I cracked the original set, all four.

Diesel engine consistently getting 44 MPG, despite consistent thrashing. DPF and EGR issues all solved now every tiny air leak is fixed. Including: crank breather; swirl valves; inter-cooler etc. A small and un-noticeable leak causes small overfuelling and gradually gunges up everything. Still as quick as my stage 3+ NG was up to 4,000 RPM, which isn't saying a lot, but she picks up and goes at 70 in top gear on BSR firmware.
 
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