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Old 04-30-2015, 03:40 PM   #1
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Well i happened to stop by a dealer near me, and he had a few Saab's out front, as i was looking at them he took me to a side yard where he had 4 Saab 9-3 Converts, all se and 2002 or 2003, and all 4 of them had engine knock, they ran and drove, just sounded unhealthy. I bought two of them, a 2003 (Powder blue, very clean 90K miles automatic) has a lot of options, really nice car and a 2002 5Spd, with the Viggen kit, double y rims, and brand new tires midnight blue, spoiler 120K miles, also very clean, has a few dings, dents, they are both very clean underneath. I have a 99 9 3 turbo Sedan, and a 2001 9 3 convert parts car, both with engines that run great, going to swap them, are there things i should do while the motors are out, the are both higher miles One has 177K and the other one has 185K, i was thinking of perhaps swapping in a 2.3 on these, but that would be a project i would like to save for winter, so just to get these on the road during our short summer season, i thought of replacing the timing chain and guides, check or replace the seals, i was advised to leave the head gaskets alone if there are no issues (is this something i should do while the engine is out)
Anyway i do not want to write a book, thanks
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we need pics of said cars....
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ok, will try to post some
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*** 2000 - 2003 SAAB 93 9-3 CONVERTIBLES* 90K - 110K*MECHANIC SPECIAL

Here is the link from the dealer craigslist ad, the cars i bought are the Powder blue one, and the midnight blue one, i will get some more pictures from my yard when i finish charging my camera
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I like the powder blue one but none of the cars pictured have viggen kits
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The dark blue one with the double-y wheels has the same 'kit' as the 2003. It's the SE front/rear lip and side skirts. The Viggen stuff has one piece front/rear bumpers and different skirts.

Good pick ups though. Will be fun.
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I like the powder blue one but none of the cars pictured have viggen kits
Same! I thought for a second it was a Dolphin Grey...

As for the engines, if it were me, at a minimum I'd remove the oil pans and clean/inspect the pickups, and install all new timing components (guides, sprockets, chains, etc.). You can do that without removing the head.

Beyond that, when the sump' s off pull a few bearing caps and get a feel for the remaining life there first, that'll let you know what to do and far you might want to rebuild in relation to how many miles you hope to drive the cars.
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Thanks, yeah i found out that the blue one is not the "Viggen Kit", it has the upgraded steering wheel, thanks for the info on the engines
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Old 05-10-2015, 07:05 AM   #9
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I will post pictures, the engine swap went very smoothly, just a temporary swap, i do want to go the 2.3 route soon, but wanted to drive it now, so maybe another swap this winter. Will post pictures and will be asking for advice on swap soon, the original engine has 90K on it, is it worth rebuilding?, should i use the top end for the 2.3 swap?
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