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Old 12-31-2011, 05:39 AM   #1
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Is this a good price for this 2000 9-3 shell?

$600 (or less)? I'm thinking about springing on this. Could be a nice car if I source an engine and spend a weekend refreshing it and dropping it in the car (hell, maybe I could even get one from a wrecked car that wouldn't need anything!). I could use second opinions. Looks like a nice car.

Saab 9-3 2000 , Mint, 130K RED just needs engine
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Old 12-31-2011, 05:47 AM   #2
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I would say yes, it is an SE. You can see the sideskirts.
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and a 5 speed. . deff worth the price.
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Thanks for the insight, went to look at the car and it's not really mint in my opinion. Rust on the rear wheel wells, it's going to need some body work to be up to my standards. If it were absolutely mint I'd pounce on it for $500 (which is what she told me she'd take). Appreciate it fellas.
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:01 PM   #5
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That looks like a lot of shell for 700. I would dive on it like I did a few years ago, 700 for a shell with blown engine/trans. Turned out great for me.
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:24 PM   #6
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500 seems like a pretty incredible deal to me for that body. good luck finding an og 9-3 without a spot of rust in that rear wheel well joint
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Or near the strut towers. That'll be the death of a lot of those cars.
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Re: Grizzlism, My NG900 vert doesn't have any rust anywhere, and it's a Michigan car.

Those spots would have to be cut out and fixed, and there were all kinds of other little imperfections (pings in the door, the rear bumper is cracked and covered by a sticker, hood chips, front skirt all scraped up). If it were as simple as just sourcing an engine (hah, how simple!) I'd do it, but I think everyone else looking at the car was seeing exactly what I was -- a 12-year-old 10 footer. The woman just couldn't understand why no one was taking it. Seemed simple enough to me. Once there's rust on a Michigan car there's no way to win. I speak from experience.

The other problem is time. Since I live in Chicago I'd need to come back and forth to Michigan to source/drop an engine for/in the thing, and the prices seem pretty high at this point for a B205 (I also don't even know if it's a HOT model). I think I'd be looking at $2,500 - $3,000 minimum in expenses with a turbo (the engine sludged in this one, so I doubt the one in it survived), if not more.

By the time all of my costs of coming home to Michigan are accounted for (bus/train tickets), our time, buying the shell, getting an engine, and having the body work done, I could probably get what I really want (coupe, preferably Viggen) with about the same mileage (130k) without any rust and a working engine for the same price, maybe a bit more.

Appreciate everyone's input. I always know I can count on you folks. Maybe I should just get my convertible out -- I'm just terrified of what the Lake Michigan winter and the city'll do to the thing.
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If you're living in Chicago and parking on the street, get a $1k beater and don't think twice about whether someone has just smacked into your bumper or door-dinged ya while they were double-parked.
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If you're living in Chicago and parking on the street, get a $1k beater and don't think twice about whether someone has just smacked into your bumper or door-dinged ya while they were double-parked.
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