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Old 07-28-2009, 10:30 AM   #1
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2002 9-3 SE Reliability Question

Considering a trade of my daughter's 1998 900 SE (auto) for a 2002 9-3 SE (auto)(125,000 miles).

Can anyone give me a run-down of the 2002 model? Traditionally, what goes wrong, what went right? Is this a good year for reliability or should I stay away and consider another?

Sorry for the vague questions, but I appreciate any advice that you may provide.

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I've got a 2001 9-3 SE (manual) and here are a couple of things that will likely need attention if they haven't gotten them already:

1. Flexpipe. You will hear it get loud. And then it will get louder and your mpg will tank.
2. AC compressor pulleys like to seize up starting around 70k or so. You can short belt and bypass the pulley and run just fine. However, if you decide to go in and replace the compressor, might want to get the water pump done at the same time since it is in the same neighborhood.
3. SIDs. Unless they've replaced it recently, you'll likely be missing pixels or starting losing them. Not a huge, huge deal.
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I bought my 02 9-3 in 2006 w/ about 30k miles on it, it now has 92k.

The only major items I've had to replace were the a/c compressor, fan speed sensor, and the alternator. It's also had other stuff like belts / pulleys / brakes / flex pipe / tires etc-- regular stuff. Overall very reliable, and at the mileage that you're considering it might be done with that awkward breaking stuff phase.
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