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Old 06-12-2013, 11:36 AM   #1
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Buying 2004 93 Aero. What should I know?

I'm probably picking up a 2004 9-3 Aero. It looks good in and outside. Owner says it runs great and has no issues, or had any lights. No accidents and clear title.

It has over 120k miles. First thing I'm going to do is to change brakes, change oil, cabin filter and clean up the car.

I heard 2003 year was a disaster for 93ss, but what about 2004? What should I look at when checking the car out in person?

Also, should I drop the pan to clean it up?

It's a 6 speed. How's the clutch on these?


Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:20 PM   #2
 
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Most of the bugs were worked out by the end of the 2004 MY..

But the name "Aero" shouldn't applied to any of the 9-3s until 2006.
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kbb says there are aero models for 2004.

also, it's glacier blue. I haven't seen one before. is that a rare color?
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kbb says there are aero models for 2004.
Mike meant that because until 2006 there was really no extra bump in power for the "Aero" models. I suppose they still got better styling and a sportier suspension, maybe better seats too? In 06 they got the more powerful V6.
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We put 70k+ on our '04 and it was pretty solid.

Front ends can clunk which wind up being endlinks or strut mounts.
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Mike meant that because until 2006 there was really no extra bump in power for the "Aero" models. I suppose they still got better styling and a sportier suspension, maybe better seats too? In 06 they got the more powerful V6.
This....

They're listed at 210, but that's about the output in the underrated B205R 2002 9-3 SE. Supposedly the Aero got slightly stiffer springs than the Arc, but IIRC, the interior was basically the same.

The 6-speed tranny is money, tho...
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Money as in awesome/worth it or costly/bitch to maintain?
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Money as in really beefy and able to handle gobs of torque...

Next time you're near the car, check the build date to see if it was later in the model year...
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The 6mt in the Combi cries out for a short shifter. It's throws are long and ropy.
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No idea about the one you're looking at, but I've always been told to steer clear of pre-06 SS's for the reasons stated; Electrical and suspension issues.
Also, I'd save up the extra $$ and just buy myself a V6 Aero.

When I decide to sell the wagon, I'll likely end up in an SS, but it will be a 06+ V6
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:30 AM   #11
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I'm excited about the 6 speed. I don't think I'll be doing short shifter, unless I find it for cheap. Seller offered to do inspection before I go to pick it up, I asked him to do synthetic oil change and to top off the fluids. Hopefully I'll be back in a Saab on Saturday.
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I've only heard 03 is the year to avoid (or maybe early 04 too as Mike stated). The lady was in the market last year and we talked fairly in depth with our indy about what to look out for.

We ended up keeping her OG9-3 rolling
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Mechanic said coil packs will need replacement soon. Otherwise car is mint.

Booked flight. Come Saturday ill have a Saab.
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My fiancé has an 04 aero 6 spd. The aeros did get an interior treatment and different bumper skirts and side skirts. I had to put a trans in be ause the po put a spec shit clutch set up in the car and didn't fill the trans back up afterwards. After that we fixed a bunch of little stuff, still need to refine the suspension (hoping coilovers)
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:25 AM   #15
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Found a set of new coilpacks confirmed by SC to be perfect fit for $180. Going to get spark plugs and new pads next week too. That is if I end up buying it tomorrow.

It has 3 spoke double wheels on now. Hopefully not curbed much.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:01 PM   #16
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Alrighty!

So I picked up the car, just like seller warned me, it had choppy idle but good on a hwy. I liked it all and drove up north from Richmond, VA.

50 miles into the road it got pretty bad. The car wouldn't accelerate, it would drop idle and it stalled few times with foot on clutch. I texted saabeh if he knows anyone in the area. He said Harvey and through Mike D, I get in touch with the guy. (as I'm typing it, I just saw a silver 5 door viggen on a side of the highway on MD/DE border).

So Harvey tells me to stop by his shop.

I can't put in words how helpful he is. I mean he went above and beyond to help me. Even though we didnt the cause of boost leak, he went through every possible issue.

We checked:
- maf
- coil packs
- pressure in all hoses
- cleaned throttle body

I realized my car was early 2004 so all 2003 issues still applied to it.

So Harvey proceeded with fixing the harness and the infamous super glueing double wires. That unfortunately didnt fix the problem, but definitely prevented something bad happening in the future.

so I'm heading back to Boston now. Harvey suggested I should try marrying a new PCM and replacing all the coils. My friend happens to have a set of 4 new ones, so I hope that will fix the problem.

Fun part is, after 50 miles or so, even though barely any boost, it doesn't choke anymore.
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