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Old 12-19-2011, 09:10 PM   #1
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Trade my 2000 9-3 for an SPG?

So a local trusted shop has an SPG. They car is BY NO MEANS perfect. It had been hit hard in a rear end collision and both the rear wheel wells have bad cracks. The shop said $400 to half-ass fix it. The damage is all visual though and the car feels very solid compared to my 9-3. Not as fast, but still fast enough. The other problem with the car is the 2nd gear syncro. you have to go from first, to neutral, then from neutral to 2nd. I could get used to that, but I do like taking the turns fast so this may get in the way of that.

They want $1,750 for the SPG. It has 160k miles on it. My car has 130k miles. Its not is great condition, but not bad. Could use new break fluid, tranny fluid. I would have to sell the my 9-3 with the Koni kit, an aftermarket downpipe (with race cat) and a tuned ECU, not to mention some perminant interior mods like an aftermarket shift knob.

My main concern is that the SPG would be my only car. I need it to be running! The SPG is indeed running well right now but it is an old car.

It would probably only be for a few years until I can find an used Fiat Abarth...
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:55 PM   #2
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One thread on the topic is enough. Most people just read "New Posts" anyway.

As for the trade, I don't like the sound of it. SPGs are fun, but this one doesn't sound like it's worth the trouble, nor does it sound like a good candidate for a reliable daily. Maybe if you picked it up as a second car and spent some time going over it first, but only then. Plus, sounds like you have a bit invested in your 9-3.

I'd pocket the money that otherwise would've gone into the SPG and put a bigger down payment on your Abarth down the road.
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I wouldn't do it. Not as your only car.
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Natural? I'm gonna double-check my shift knob next time I see my 9-3.
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You would be HIGH to trade for a crashed SPG.

You could find an SPG for like $500-$1000 without damage.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:53 AM   #6
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You would be HIGH to trade for a crashed SPG.

You could find an SPG for like $500-$1000 without damage.
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Fix it for $400? I'd love to see what they do to fix it for $400 if its "hit hard"
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This seems like a bad idea. 9-3s make decent DDs. Airbags, ABS (Granted, some SPGs have those), working AC, are nice to have in a daily.
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Here is the link to the hard to read listing: http://premiersolutions.homenetinc.c...L35LXL3007193/

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Fix it for $400? I'd love to see what they do to fix it for $400 if its "hit hard"
Apparently they fixed everything else back in the day. It does drive very nicely and aside from the 2nd gear syncro seems mechanically sound.

What you guys are saying makes sense supposing it is true. I thought a decent SPG would set me back more like $5000.

On a side note, I only have about a 1/2 hour bike commute supposing my car is not in working order. Worth it? Maybe I should just wait and find an SPG that has not been hit for the same price.
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For $5k, you should be able to find a 99% rust free car with 110k and two prior owners. You can find a good drive and 'fix when you have time' spg for under $2k.
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For $5k, you should be able to find a 99% rust free car with 110k and two prior owners. You can find a good drive and 'fix when you have time' spg for under $2k.
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on another note how hard is a transmission job on this car, supposing I have access to a shop crane?
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w/that hoist, not difficult at all. Disconnect everything, pull as a unit, replace. Not a bad time to do some work on the motor (degrease, freeze plugs, timing chain/tensioner/guides, etc). Despite the reputation in the mainstream, I love working on old 900s - everything is relatively logical and easy to get to and replace.
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