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Old 03-06-2015, 04:18 PM   #1
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Considering buying a 2003 9-2 se ,looking for advice.

Hi all, I'm going to possibly buy a Saab 9-3 SE tomorrow for my daughter to use for the most part and I just wanted to get some feedback and see what you guy's think. It sure sounds nice but I'm a bit concerned about a few things like the oil screen,the GM thing and getting parts. I am a motor head so I do understand mechanics.
I sure do wish I knew how to post a picture but it sure does look nice.

This is from the add,
2002 Saab 9-3 SE, Automatic, 4cyl Turbo, 106K Original Miles, Runs Mint, Beautiful Condition,
Fully Loaded: Leather, CD, Sunroof, Memory Seats, Cruise, Tilt, Alloys, Etc, Too Much to List...

$2200/Cash Offer
No Reasonable Offer Refused

Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-06-2015, 04:31 PM   #2
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I think all the 2003 SE's were convertibles--which were the last of the Trionic 7 9-3's, but I see a sunroof listed.

If it's a 2003 and has a sunroof, that means it's a first year SS (sport sedan) which is a completely different car and I don't think ever came with the SE trim level, but were Linears, Arc, Vectors, maybe Aero's(?)..

Both can be good reliable cars, they just have different idiosyncrasies
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Old 03-06-2015, 04:44 PM   #3
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I'll post the link .

Saab, 106k

Oops my mistake, it's a 2002. Can an administrator please fix the heading to say 2002.

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Ok that's the older Trionic 7 car. I think 2002 was the last official year for that car in hard top 5-door...who knows though maybe they sold a few as 03's?

They're good cars. 2.0L turbo, rated 205HP, I had one that put down 218 hp at the wheels on a dynojet. You mentioned sludging so you know about that, otherwise crank position sensors and ignition cassettes tend to be wear items. I'm sure others will chime in
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Old 03-07-2015, 03:09 PM   #5
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Well as soon as I got out of my car to look at the Saab I noticed one small spot of rot,
okay not a game changer. When I sat in it I could not help it but the smell brought me back to the days of going into an old prop job airplane with my dad. I had my daughter start her up while I stood back a few feet looking at the exhaust and listening to the engine, of course I had the hood open. It was a bit noisy on top like rocker arms and or lifters. I had her turn it off and I checked the oil and I did not like what I saw. yes that milky white stuff on the dipstick condensation ,antifreeze ,oil something of that nature. I know that is not a good sign so I told the guy ill pass on the purchase for now. I did not even want to drive it at this point.
is this normal or am I missing something?
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If it has been sitting for a while, weeks, it was probably condensation. Should have driven it a bit to check of oil light/sludge issues, then checked oil to see if the condensation burned off or it is was coolant/oil mix
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Old 03-07-2015, 03:45 PM   #7
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I asked the guy not to run the car today until I got there but he told me he just got back from getting an NYS inspection. He said his wife has been using the car a few times a week. I'll keep my eye out for another one .
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T7 cars have PCV issues, which contribute to the sludging. In cold weather, my 9-5 had the milky condensation issues on the dipstick which went away when the car warmed up or when the temps were above freezing. Once I installed the correct, final PCV update to the car, it got better.
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Old 03-09-2015, 11:46 AM   #9
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Im going to keep looking for a Saab but 2003 or later unless its a 6 cylinder.
besides the noise the condensation the car will soon have a little bit of rot in one spot, so I'm just going to continue looking.
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Old 03-10-2015, 07:54 PM   #10
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Hi all, so today I went to go look at a 2003 9-5 2.3T wagon and it looked real nice at 145000k on the clock. The test ride was going good up until I stepped on the gas. ;-(
This thing was real slow,and I tried it a few times even from a dead stop. It took for ever for the tack to get 4000 rpm even longer to reach 5000. The boost gauge was showing boost but did not go past 1/2. No check engine light on at any time except when I started it.
Is something wrong here? it can not be normal for it to be that slow.

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Could be a lot of things.
Could be as simple as cheap gas.
could be worn plugs, a dirty MAF, a boost leak, a bad BPV, or fading DIC (would likely cause a CEL)

With gas prices high, and being in the city, I would be shocked if a non-enthusiast was putting 93 in their 12 y/o, 145k wagon
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Old 03-21-2015, 04:43 AM   #12
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Okay the search is over,it's quite a bit of a story but we have a 2005 9-3 2.0 Linear low miles under 40k original owner. I have title in hand and I'll take possession of it within two weeks. I'll do an introduction when I take possession of it.

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