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Old 06-26-2014, 11:24 AM   #1
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2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T -- Good, reliable car?

I've finally graduated college and have my first real "grown-up" job. I'm in need of a new vehicle as my 2003 Hyundai Elantra just went over 200k..

I found a 2007 9-3 2.0T with 66,000 miles. It's priced well below it's blue-book value. I've always loved Saabs but I've never been able to afford one.
It seems very intruiging to me but I've read some very off-putting things about Saabs -- parts are imposilbe to find, they're expensive to own/maintain, etc.

Also, I know nothing about cars. All of the work and maintenence will have to be hired.

What are your thoughts ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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I've finally graduated college and have my first real "grown-up" job. I'm in need of a new vehicle as my 2003 Hyundai Elantra just went over 200k..

I found a 2007 9-3 2.0T with 66,000 miles. It's priced well below it's blue-book value. I've always loved Saabs but I've never been able to afford one.
It seems very intruiging to me but I've read some very off-putting things about Saabs -- parts are imposilbe to find, they're expensive to own/maintain, etc.

Also, I know nothing about cars. All of the work and maintenence will have to be hired.

What are your thoughts ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
I'm not familiar enough with the newer generation 9-3 to make a recommendation, but for most earlier models parts are very accessible and they aren't anymore expensive than any other car as long as taken care of.
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My Indy highly recommends the 2.0 9-3 SS/SC's (other than the 03's and very early 04's). He says far and away they are the lowest maintenance SAABs he's ever worked on. I was really trying to talk my lady into a 9-5, but he claimed the 06 9-3 SC 2.0 she wanted would be much less upkeep, which is good for her!
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:37 PM   #4
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dont be worried about parts, they are all available, here are a few reasons why

First, and foremost, most parts you will need to replace are not made by saab, Are you going to by genuine saab brake pads, alternators, and coolant hoses?

probably not, for any car you will ever own, Saabs are no difference on the day to day parts.

Secondly, saab is still making parts, and always has been.

third, saab tends to use the same part in a large timeframe of cars, so second hand parts are usally common, (they made sports sedans for 8 years, with relatively few mechanical changes ) Whereas BMW, mercedes, and audi love to do complete redesigns every 3 years, where nothing is cross compatible.

the 2.0 93s have a pretty solid drive-train (especially with a manual trans) its the little things that give problems with the cars
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Some good comments here I agree with all that has been said. One thing to keep in mind, and this seems to be generally true for European cars. In a lot of cases, the aftermarket manufacturer is the manufacturer who supplies the oem.

Bosch is a good example (which I know is not exclusive to European) but they sell parts to the oem and then turn around and also sell aftermarket. So they will certainly not stop manufacture when the oem moves on.

I think Sachs is another good example, don't they supply oem?
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2007+ has the possibility of the dreaded intake valve wear problem. There is a thread about it on various Forums (SaabCentral, SaabWorld, etc).

Demand a cold start compression test. around 65K is when my 2007 SportCombi (built in Sept of '06) started exhibiting symptoms (Rough idle on cold start for 10 seconds or so, occasional misfire codes on cold start when the temps were low.) The car runs fine once warmed up as the valves seal again.

Apparently a supplier gave Saab a bad batch of intake valves that wear very quickly and cause low compression.

Let the car sit overnight, then do a compression test, all cylinders should be 150+psi.
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