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Old 05-07-2017, 10:52 PM   #1
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9-3 Convertable

Hi All
I have never owned a SAAB but looking at the prices for a convertible, itís quite attractive in Australia for about 15yrs old cars. This is purely for weekend driving with 2 young kids to have a bit of fun. I have heard there are quite a few common issues with 9-3 early 2000s models.

Questions:

What are the common issues to avoid when buying?
How difficult to get parts?
Why are they lot cheaper than other convertibles?
If you are not mechanical minded (like me ) am I better off forgetting the SAAB idea?

Cheers, Dami
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Old 05-08-2017, 03:07 AM   #2
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I think the issues you have found are common issues in a Saab that has the trionic 7 Ecu. You can read all about those cars and their sludge problems. It affects all T7 cars including the 9-5. Mostly you want to make sure a car has good service history including frequent oil changes with full sun oil. You can have the oil pan dropped and checked for sludge for good measure, and also have the crankcase ventilation have the latest design revision (7).

Aside from that the tops are quite complex and impressive when they fold into the trunk. They also look super awesome when down (finished) because of the clamshell of the trunk. Make sure you operate the top fully auto without helping it. That is no garuntee of it being issue free but is a good start.

You can avoid the trionic 7 issues by getting a trionic 5 car, but the top is the same.
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Old 05-10-2017, 12:23 AM   #3
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Thanks Tboy very useful.
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