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Old 01-14-2009, 04:04 PM   #1
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My dads friend at our local dealer called him the other day saying he is getting a 99 9-5 in this week, it has 86k miles auto, leather interior etc etc, price is confidential because i may buy it fix it up drive it for a bit while the 9k is getting fixed and sell it, im going tomorrow to take a look at it with my dad, some known issues with the car: cat is bad and the sid is pixilated

Cat shouldnt be a problem iv seen some universal ones online for $50, im sure i can cut the old one out and clamp the new one in or i can have a friend of mine weld it in, are universal cats alright? any recommendations/suggestions, why would the cat go bad after 86k miles?

I dont know how bad the sid is pixilated but if its not that bad i can fix it easily if not ill just send it out and have it fixed http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Saab-...ht_1886wt_1147


What else should i look for? im pretty sure the abs module is fine, i know thats prone to failing but iv had that fixed before so im not worried about that, any info is welcomed
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:05 PM   #2
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Any ol' cat should be okay.

How much?
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If the cat is bad, I would bet the MAF has been fucked for quite some time and never replaced. The stupid MAF's don't throw a CEL until they are far beyond fucked, so you can be doing some decent damage without knowing anything is going on if you aren't paying attention.

Obviously, watch out for sludge. You should know that but it never hurts to bring it up. Since its at a shop, I would ask them to drop the pan and check it out. Its pretty easy on the 9-5, no fucking with the subframe or anything stupid.

CPS is prone to failure as well, but the symptoms are fairly obvious and its cheap and easy to replace. Make sure it has the #6 PCV update. The easiest way to tell is to look at the dipstick tube, check the GS site for pics and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Around this mileage the suspension might need some work as well, but it shouldn't be anything too bad.

Check the service history and see if it got the DI recall. If not, you can get yourself a brand spankin new DI free from the dealer. Though I seem to recall there being something about 99's not being eligible... I forget.

That should be it, but if I forgot something I'm sure someone will chime in.
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Thanks ^^^ any way to check the sludge issue without dropping the pan? what about the MAF? any way to make sure thats its not ruined , if its messed up the car wont idle properly right?
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pull the valve cover
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Thanks ^^^ any way to check the sludge issue without dropping the pan? what about the MAF? any way to make sure thats not fucked, if its messed up the car wont idle properly right?



hah thats a secret
Like Castor said, you can pull the valve cover to check as well. Honestly though, with a lift... its really not THAT much harder to check the pickup screen in the pan which is a much better indicator. Its seriously like 5 bolts.

As for idling properly, I never noticed any problems with my idle at all with the bad MAF. It was more during WOT that you could notice it, but even then it took awhile for me to figure out it was the MAF. The only real way is to test it with a multimeter or check your AFR with a wideband, at least AFAIK. They should be replaced at ~60k, so if its an original I would do it anyways.

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Old 01-15-2009, 01:46 PM   #7
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Pan is like 12 bolts and you gotta move the engine a tad to get it by the subframe ( but all worth it though ( Mechainics typically charge 300-350)

The SID is a non-issue, get it rebuilt from BBA remanufacturing for 100 total and it is guranteed for life ( no a universal one will not work it is CANBUS fed I believe)
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We finally went to test drive the 9-5, its still going through the whole trade in process but once thats done more than likely we will buy it, i didnt get a chance to find out about the sludge but i checked the oil and seemed fine, they say the car is in great shape, which it was, ill probably drive it for a little while or ill just clean it up and sell it, i need the money hah stupid rebuild, they replaced the o2 sensor but i think there is still an issue with the cat, there is no CEL though, the pixelated Sid i can fix its not all that bad, i drove the car it ride really nice, the seats are in pretty good condition, it handles really well, and to be honest for the price you cant go wrong (still a secret) i had the camera on me so i took some pictures








This picture is pretty cool


It only had 81k miles i though he said 86k, even better
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