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Old 08-08-2006, 03:10 PM   #1
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I know several of you have mentioned your car grinds or pops out when you put your car in reverse. I know exactly how this goes because I dealt with it for a year - you had to essentially hold the shifter in reverse so it would stick.

The linkage on our cars is SHIT. In 97 Saab released a re-engineered shifter linkage to the transmission. I can almost guarantee if you have these symptoms or if you deal with poor or inaccurate shifter action your bushing on your linkage is SHOT. I pulled my out and the bushing was essentially GONE. All that was left was a little ring.

If you have those symptoms, order this part from eeuroparts.com and spend the 10 minutes installing it. Once you figure out what you need to do, it makes your driving experience THAT much better. OR, you could just order the new linkage... choice is yours. Either way, my car is driving better now than I ever knew it would.

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Old 08-08-2006, 06:48 PM   #2
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I'm gonna have to check that out
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Does anyone know if the Old 9.3's had this upgrade?

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I believe any car after 97 (meaning 9-3s 99 and after as well) had the newer style linkage.

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Thanks, I think I can get my hands on that cheap.
I was checking e-Bay and found this seller parting out 9.3's
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:28 PM   #6
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There you go. Get the updated linkage and you should be set. I just hope your shifter is in order too because mine was gone. Good luck. The switch of the two is extraordinarily easy. Put the car in fourth gear and lock it both on the shifter (there's a hole right in the shifter) and on the gearbox. It's pretty straightforward.
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Never had a problem with my '99 9-3 popping out of reverse.
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You have the new style linkage
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Are there any aftermarket bushings available for the 900/9-3? I replaced the stock plastic bushing in the Miata with a MazdaSpeed aluminum bushing and it improved shift feel significantly.
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Are there any aftermarket bushings available for the 900/9-3? I replaced the stock plastic bushing in the Miata with a MazdaSpeed aluminum bushing and it improved shift feel significantly.
Not to my knowledge. Then again, we have like NO aftermarket parts for our cars. That would certainly be an AWESOME piece though. I wonder if Nick has any plans to fab something like that up someday...
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That would certainly be an AWESOME piece though. I wonder if Nick has any plans to fab something like that up someday...
If he did, I'd be one of the first to purchase one. It made a huge difference in my other car. It was only $10 with my sponsorship, too.
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i just ordered mine just one stupid question any directions on where and how to install it..
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