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Old 06-16-2009, 12:06 PM   #1
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My N/A days may be numbered...

Yep. Apparently the owner of this '99 9-3 is interested in a straight trade for my '95 900S.









Looks pretty clean. Cloth interior, 118k, automagic ( ), some new parts, and "no compression".

I'm thinking pretty hard about it and am hoping to meet the owner tomorrow. I plan to fix it, drive it for a little while, and then sell/trade for something 5spd.

Thoughts?
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Automatic car with a blown engine vs. manual and running well?

Meh.
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Sometimes its better to live with the devil you know then the one you don't.

If you know what's wrong fix and flip it fast, minimizing your time in an Auto.
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There's a lot of oil under the front of it. Seems she took it to somewhere and they told her the engine was bad. Incidentally the perfect donor car for the engine is already here
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Automatic car with a blown engine vs. manual and running well?

Meh.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:25 PM   #6
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Also, while my car does run well it does need its fair share of work
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:37 PM   #7
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i say go for it, assuming you already have a motor and the parts for an auto --> manual swap
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:51 PM   #9
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Make her fill her tank and siphon yours dry... Make her add 500$. Do something beyond a straight swap! She is staring down a 3 to 4 thousand dollar repair. You would be her angel straight from heaven and I just don't think the trade is fair to you. Where is the car at?
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:53 PM   #10
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Here's how I look at it:

My car is worth.. maybe $800.
Whereas this car, once running, I would expect to go at the same rate as the rest of the 9-3's on VT CL now, $2k-$2500.

That would be enough for a 5spd NG/OG with a turbo, a decent 9k, even a 9-5. Worst case scenario: I get "stuck" with an auto 9-3, which isn't THAT bad of a position to be in... right?

Just how I'm seeing things right now.

Nick - It's in Burlington. Maybe a trade + cash would be more appropriate... we'll see.
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:00 PM   #11
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Do it to it. Hell, keep the auto in there, do a quick stg2 EZ-tune and see if you like it. I know my automatic went from being loathed to actually being fun after a little BDM love.
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:03 PM   #12
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Tell her you'll trade if she takes the Obama sticker off. The auto trans isn't too big of a deal, it is rock solid and has sport mode. You will be gambling with the motor though. You have a early NG 900 that's been through the toolys and put back togather verses a straight 9-3. The way they are both sitting now is a pretty much staight across trade, especially being you can do the motor work.
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You have a early NG 900 that's been through the toolys and put back togather verses a straight 9-3. The way they are both sitting now is a pretty much staight across trade, especially being you can do the motor work.
That's exactly what I'm thinking.

I'd certainly rather have the newer, straighter car with a motor that can be replaced.
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:12 AM   #14
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Got a better look at the car today.

HAs a very nice interior. There's a folder full of receipts... lots of good stuff in there. (New DI, controls arms, etc etc). She took it somewhere running rough, their compression test showed no compression on cyl 3.

She drove my car for a while and seemed to be OK with it. I guess we'll know in a couple days
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If you just want some turbo magic....hold off and I'll ping you in a while. Now and again, I seem to have a knack for stumbling across good deals on crap.

Last two were a $400 1995 5-spd, no TCS Aero, and a $500 1996 automatic Aero; one came with a second set of super aeros, and the other came with a set of brand new studded Hakkas on steelies.

Deals are out there......just gotta be patient and pull the trigger quick. Both were within 5 miles of Richmond village
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Do it. If you swap manual for automatic you'll be my hero if you document it. I'm sick and tired off getting knocked down a peg or three whenever people talk cars with me and realize i saved an autotragic.... I need to swap manual for auto.. Stig=Guinea Pig?
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If you just want some turbo magic....hold off and I'll ping you in a while. Now and again, I seem to have a knack for stumbling across good deals on crap.

Last two were a $400 1995 5-spd, no TCS Aero, and a $500 1996 automatic Aero; one came with a second set of super aeros, and the other came with a set of brand new studded Hakkas on steelies.

Deals are out there......just gotta be patient and pull the trigger quick. Both were within 5 miles of Richmond village
See... sell the NG for a few hundred and pick up a good deal like that hoping for the best and that it doesn't need work... OR sell the 9-3 quick for 1500 (but I'm more patient than that ) and pick up one of those and have cash in my pocket in case something goes south.
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There's another one asking $900 but in NJ though. If you have a truck with trailer hitch it's cheap to rent a trolly from U-Hall for cheap
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:52 PM   #20
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Looks like we're picking it up on Monday.
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