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Old 02-13-2006, 10:19 PM   #1
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Getting ready to do something stupid.

Soon as I get a couple of debts paid off, I think I'll finally be taking the plunge and picking up a late NG900 or an early 9-3. I'm hoping to have the deal finished by Carlisle, because if I wanted to make it on time with my current car, I'd have had to leave last week.

I have pretty specific requirements (coupe, 5-speed, turbo, under 100k). I'm pretty serious about doing this; the c900 is nice for the winter, but in the long run I really would prefer something more... fun.

What do I need to know about these cars before I even test-drive one? Tips? Tricks? Stuff I wouldn't think to look for on a c900 that I should be concerned about with a newer 900? What should I even be paying for something like this? Realistically I won't find much for under $5k, but that's the most I'm willing to drop. Tell me everything I need to know.
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Old 02-14-2006, 05:52 AM   #2
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youre more likely to find a 900se coupe then a 9-3 coupes.....I have seen very few 9-3 coupes. There pretty easy to find in 5spd....all 9-3 are turbos 900's you will have to make sure you get a "se".

See if you can find as much service info, see if the DI has been replaced, not that big of a deal but see if the SID has all the pixels. 1999 9-3 have the same motors as the 900's which don't have maf sensor problems (no maf) bettter pistons

You may not be happy with the handling (at first) compared to the c900, but for under 100 bucks, even if you don't really want to mod it...get the 22mm rear sway bar!
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the last year 1998 is a good ng900 it has the 9-3 style suspension IIRC. maybe even 1997?

but from what I hear the ng900 is one of the best bang for the buck and great potential for tuning, since it has t5. also a 1999 9-3 is still t5 and a good car. for some reason I think you can get a better price on a ng900 just one year older though?


plus so stupid MAF sensors like the 2000+ 9-3's!

and if you do want the coupe you will have better luck searching for a ng900
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Yeah, I'm thinking the ng900 will initally more cost-efficient. I'd like to find a list of what these thousand or so improvements on the 9-3 were. How different is the suspension, and does it make much of a difference in the day-to-day driving?

Yes upgraded sway bar is a must and will be the first thing I do when I do this up.

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Good call Guru.

The 98 900 se or 99 93 are definetly the best bang for the buck, and you should be able to find one with around 100k (just broken in) in your $ range.

I'll keep an eye out for ya, I've had 2 9-3 coupes and know how tough it can be to find em.
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make sure you get a 96 or up 900 that had a better front suspension.

The differnece between the 900 and 9-3 is the strut mounts, thats not something you will notice

also 97 and has bigger brakes and 98 had a hydraulic clutch where everythign before that was cable

the 1100 differences are mostly small, like variable speed to the intermitten wipes differnt clips that hold the A pillar trim on lol slightly different styling inside and out, a freaky computer that automatically activated the rear wipes when the front ones are on when you put it in reverse...scared teh shit out of me the first time lol.

I could probably go on and on.

I'd say try for a late 97 or 98 900
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a freaky computer that automatically activated the rear wipes when the front ones are on when you put it in reverse...scared teh shit out of me the first time lol.
scared me too, i was like WTF!?!?!?!
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Check the FAQ thread at SC. We started a thread there that goes over many of the 1,100 differences.
I disagree with the "make sure it's an SE if you get a 9-3". The S is still hella fun!
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also 97 and has bigger brakes and 98 had a hydraulic clutch where everythign before that was cable
My 98 was cable... maybe late 98 is when hydraulic was started.
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yea it must have been late 98, cause my 98 had a hydraulic may she RIP

and Peregrine I said make sure its a se if you a 900 so that way she gets the turbo like she requested.
I myself have the 9-3s, and the only thing that really bugs me is the fisher price climate control knobs
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late NG would for sure be cheaper then a 9-3. Make sure its a later year one like everyone else has said. The NG's arent very pricey anymore so you should be able to find a nice one for 5k!! you could even pick up a 9k aero for that much my bf just got one with 65k on it for 6k

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oh and what happened to that new car you ordered? j/w
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oh and what happened to that new car you ordered? j/w
I had a "derr" moment... all that dosh and still that slow? FMG has the same damn thing. If I really need a geek fix, I'll make him drive somewhere. For 1/5 the price, I can have a reasonably nice, relatively quick, and probably safer car. Plus, if I can't pay cash for something... then can I really afford it?
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yea it must have been late 98, cause my 98 had a hydraulic may she RIP
Mechanically I understand the difference between the cable and the hydraulic clutches, but what's the difference in the feel of the clutches?
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hydraulic will be easier to operate, but I have driven an earlier 900 and the cable clutches arent that hard, I have felt much stiffer clutches
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no if you cant pay cash then you cant afford it and thats why im always fucking broke... i cant afford the car i have but theres no way in hell im ever getting rid of it
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yea it must have been late 98, cause my 98 had a hydraulic may she RIP

and Peregrine I said make sure its a se if you a 900 so that way she gets the turbo like she requested.
I myself have the 9-3s, and the only thing that really bugs me is the fisher price climate control knobs
I'd rather have the fisher price than the climate control...
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If you really want something fun for summer, get a vert. They really aren't that much more than the hatches. I don't know if you really want a ton of cargo space or whatever... just a thought. No matter which way you go, you'll be happy with it.
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I'd rather have the fisher price than the climate control...
for sure... i mean ACC is badass... or the idea of it is... and if you have one that will do what you want it to then its nice... but once they have the smallest problem your fucked... fisher price is so much better.
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yea but the stupid knobs or the control shafts keep breaking

ACC is great, you can set it to what you want when you first turn the car on, and do all sorts of neat stuff

I hate my knobs
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no way the acc rules.

I never EVER have a problem with the windows fogging or anything like that

a vert would be hot though but I like the hatchit has come in handy
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