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Old 09-04-2014, 07:01 AM   #1
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Unhappy Drive shaft/outer axles same L & R?

My SAAB guru says my 2000 AERO auto needs a R driveshaft assembly replacement. Everywhere I have inquired over the past week says that the L & R are the same on the 99-01 models, while my mechanic insists that they are not. He also warned me not to buy aftermarket - only a used SAAB part won't break down.
As I only want to buy it once, does anyone reading this have a definitive answer to this question before I have to pull the trigger on an ebay item?

Thanks for any help on this!
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:04 PM   #2
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I'm not aware of differences in the 02+ cars. The 99-01 are definitely the same though. There is an intermediate shaft and a carrier bearing that allows the two to be the same despite their unequal lengths. The carrier bearing is somewhere around 50$ and might be good to change if you are changing the passenger axle.

As for aftermarket vs oem, I buy aftermarket whenever the price justifies. You will have to make that call yourself.
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