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Old 07-17-2006, 09:08 AM   #1
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Thermostat/Fuel Pump Repair

I thought I'd share my recent repair experiences with my '99 9-3 Convertible since I've found many other posts here to be of great help.

I had an overheating issue which came on rather suddenly on Saturday. The temp gauge was entering the red zone when I noticed there was a problem. I quickly turned on the heater to disapate the heat of the engine (which would have made it unbearable on a 100 degree day except I had the top down.) That brought the gauge back to a reasonable level. I thought I would do what my dad always told me and replace the thermostat first. That was a good decision. After the replacement, I took the car for a test drive and my repair was a success. However, when I went to restart the car to pull it into the garage--the car would not start. I called for a tow and the local repair shop told me it would cost $975.00 to replace the fuel pump. That's crazy. I've searched the internet for prices and find that the pump assembly costs around $500.00. How big of job is it to replace the fuel pump?

I'm starting to wonder what more in terms of repair expenses lies ahead. Two days before this, I had brakes (front and rear) for $1100.00. I guess I can't complain too much. I've had the car for about a year and put 50,000 miles on it without a single problem. It now has 120K miles.
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Old 07-18-2006, 12:54 PM   #2
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Check under the rear seat, I think at some point the access panel was brought back into play from the older c900s and 9000s. Otherwise you have to drop the fuel tank and exhaust.
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Old 07-19-2006, 07:21 AM   #3
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you dont even have to touch the exhaust. When i did mine i just moved the fuel filter and moved it around and the tank come off.
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Old 07-19-2006, 05:15 PM   #4
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Well, I got the car back from the garage today. They charged me $615 for the pump and $130 for labor, the balance was in taxes, towing, diagnostics, and I had them fix a broken vacuum line. The vacuum line repair made a noticeable difference in performance. I thought I needed a tune-up, but it was just the line.
Still, I think I could have done the job myself. Live and learn, I guess.
Love my Saab afterall.
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Well I hope my pump dosent go anytime soon
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