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Old 06-21-2009, 09:55 AM   #1
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Question Want to Purchase / Concerned for Repair Costs

I recently found an inexpensive '98 900 SE which seems to be in good condition. I am concerned about the cost for any repairs that will need to be done in the near or distant future.

What experiences have you had in regards to the cost of repairing your Saab?
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:03 AM   #2
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well if you can do it yourself it's not that bad, but parts are still kind of pricey.
what do you drive now? maybe we can compare cpst of repairs between your current vehicle and the 900.

my personal experiences have been expensive, even though i did all the work myself, BUT my car only broke because i usually drove it pretty hard. now that i've taken the car back to it's stock performance it has been awesome and i haven't had to replace much of anything.
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:07 AM   #3
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It would be my first car. I've lived in the city with no need of a car, but I am moving and need a new mode of transportation.

Are there some common problems that occur on certain models of Saabs?
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:23 AM   #4
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ignition cassette, fuel pump, crank position sensor. those are the main ones that i can think of right now.
these are the problems that you will mainly run into with an ng900/og9-3 the ng900 (new generation 900) is any 900 from '94-'98 an og9-3(old generation 9-3) is from '99-'02 but '03 for the convertibles.
i would recommend an ng900 which uses the t5(trionic 5) engine management, parts are less expensive and the cars seem to have less issues, at least to my knowledge. the og9-3's use a t7 engine management, and the car uses a few more sophisticated parts.

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Old 06-21-2009, 10:23 AM   #5
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Meh.. Its a mixed bag. I've spend about 2000 in the past 10 months I've owned my Saab. But my car was nicknamed a diva and takes it to heart. Some people tell me my car was born bad and cant fix that. Pretty soon it will be all fixed and I'll be happy. Other people seem to spend nothing cept fluid, filters, and gas.

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Old 06-21-2009, 10:36 AM   #6
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If you were me and the price was half of KBB price, how suspicious would you be?
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:40 AM   #7
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i would be weary, can you show us a listing for the car you are looking at? maybe a location, there might be a member close by that is willing to take a look at the car for you. many have done it in the past.
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If you were me and the price was half of KBB price, how suspicious would you be?
Very. (And welcome to the 'link.)

Finding a good indy garage to inspect the car before purchase is $40 or $50 well spent. Again, your location would help in getting you hooked up with someone like that.
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:46 AM   #9
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http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...e&rdpage=thumb

Anyone around Zeeland, MI?

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Well, about the price, that's actually not too far off the mark these days for that age car with those miles. They're usually listed up for about $2,000 on Craigslist.
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:55 AM   #11
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that looks like a really good deal, have you driven it? being your first car do you know how to drive a manual trans. car?
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Old 06-21-2009, 11:01 AM   #12
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No, I have not driven it yet. Just found it today.

Yes, I can drive manual and am in love with it.
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Price looks about right, i would venture that the car would sell for about 2k with 150k miles.

There are a few Michigan members, If I happened to be driving through Michigan soon, I would help you out, but I am not.

As far as repairs, some are hit and miss. I bought a 1999 9-3 with 115k miles 25 months ago. I have done 95% of the work my self. Click and Clack (The car talk guys) will tell you that it will cost about 2000 a year to keep a car with over 100,000 miles on it on the road. I think I have spent less than that, but I have also spent a lot of time in the garage working on it.

It is a labor of love though really.

one thing that adds up is that I do 5000 miles oil changes with full mobile one synthetic and ever oil change is about 40 bucks. That adds up, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
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Hmm...

Elmo is nearby

mlemorie is on the other side of the mitten. On occasion. He might still be in Pennsylvania.

Also Les Bouquins has a lot of experience with those era convertibles. But he's not around all that much anymore and ducks out of the country every now and then.

Try dropping PMs to those folks, if only to find a decent shop in the area.
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looks like a good deal to me. make sure it boosts strong and doesn't have any vacuum leaks.

also check out the life left on the brakes.

if thats good and it drives well i'd say go for it.
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Doesn't look like a bad car, go drive it. See if it has any service records, drive it and look it over good for anything obvious, funky noises, leaks etc.
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Old 06-21-2009, 12:14 PM   #17
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Aireeca, thanks for the contacts. I will do that.

Thank you to everyone for your advice and Saab wisdom.

I will let you know once I get a chance to test drive and what ends up happening.
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Old 06-21-2009, 06:25 PM   #18
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I bought one for $2000 with just under 100k miles and put it through a good amount of hell on a daily basis (my clutch must hate me) Lots of traffic! Lots of stop and go!


So far the only things I have had to fix were:
- the thermostat ($30)
- the DIC ($60 used on ebay)
- the oxygen sensor ($40)

Of course there's the oil changes and a can of refrigerant for my ac but really, the car has treated me very well. The year you mentioned is a good one, I have a 99 9-3 (the last of the t5 system) and I think it really is a great car, parts are not all that expensive if your willing to buy online!

Just test drive it and make sure you put through its paces! Listen to make sure the turbo doesn't screech or anything!
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