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Old 03-03-2015, 11:42 AM   #1
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Chance to buy 2010 9-3 xwd advice?

Hey all, I'm a long time saab owner, You name it I've owned it. Right now I have a 1993 900, and a 1999 LB viggen.

I don't have very much experience with the newer models, and I've always been intrigued by the XWD models. In the winter I drive a AWD volvo cross country.

So the car I'm looking at buying is a 2010 saab 9-3 2.0 turbo auto with XWD. 83k and one owner.

It seems to be priced right at 11k?

Any tips or advice on the quality of this car?

I do all my own work on vehicles.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:23 PM   #2
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We have a 2011 for my wife and we love it. It's so nice to stomp the gas pedal WHILE turning lol. The car really comes alive with something like a JZW tune.

Gas mileage is a bit of a weak spot compared to 6mt FWD 9-3 wagon in the family. It usually does no better than 22-23 mixed, 27 when mainly on the highway.

It's been reliable, owned from 1000miles to now over 52k. Its only needs have been tires, brake pads for the rear, spark plugs at 50k, and the stock BPV was not up to the increased boost levels for long(DIY fix with a Forge valve).

It is GREAT in the snow, something I like as my wife drives it mostly.

XWD adds a bit more maintenance. If I was buying an 83k one, I would make sure the XWD fluids had been changed at the recommended intervals of 30k.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:29 PM   #3
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Ecotec 2.0 is a reliable motor, think the only major issue they ever had were questionable exhaust valves, but I'm pretty sure that was limited to the earlier years. Pretty straightforward to work on mechanically, though with anything on the newer side there are a fair number of systems on the car that are hit and miss as far as cost/ease of replacement.

Biggest ? remains the XWD system. Haldex makes great stuff from a functionality standpoint but it's been hit and miss as far as reliability, and it's a seriously expensive system to repair. Biggest culprits are the e-diff and the associated diff pump. My parents have a '10 9-3x, had a diff pump fail and sludge up, thankfully the idiot lights came on and we were able to have it r&r'd for around $800 instead of a $2k+ replacement. If the system has been maintained/fluids changed every 30-40k or so, then you should be in the clear.

For 11k, it should be pretty well equipped w/o any issues. I'd feel better at $10k.
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:54 AM   #4
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It was the intake valves and its on 2007+ cars. My friends 2008 with 85k just started being impossible to start in the cold because of this problem. I would highly recommend doing a completely cold compression check before purchase.
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You're right, had it backwards.

Probably makes it seem more risky than it is - for the relative comfort & capability that you get, these are pretty solid cars. The only thing my wife's ever needed was a CIM, and that kind of failure can happen to any modern car & be just as expensive to fix.
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