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Old 09-22-2014, 12:39 PM   #1
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looking at 02 9-3 se , any good

So i've got a friend with a 02 9-3SE 5spd grey on black 5dr with 130K on it ,he is the 2nd owner from 50K miles and has looked over the car well and is selling for $1,200 and im wondering what to look out for and are these any good? My experience has been with C900 , 9000s and thats it... I've been looking for something newer with low miles while im in school and dont have to fiddle with a car constantly so how is reliability, any weak areas etc?
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02 was a T7 car, so, sludge. Sludge problems were more more common in the 9-5 but still existed in 9-3s. Hard to check without dropping the pan, but oil change history is important.

Otherwise, they are pretty robust. No major transmission issues or rust issues like you would worry about on a c900.
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Sounds like a pretty killer deal though. That car would have to be pretty rough for you to lose at that price.
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Georgia car its entire life no rust I know the owner and he changed oil every 5K with full synthetic and he is super anal about repairs and maintenance..
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Probably the #1 thing to look for is the PCV system. SAAB fought sludge problems mostly caused by the PCV system.

If the oil filler neck has a 10mm id hose pointing straight at the right front seat, its the "right" system. Any other filler neck makes updating the system to the final design a priority.

Either way, dropping the sump for an inspection and cleaning is really cheap insurance against killing the engine with oil starvation.
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Georgia car its entire life no rust I know the owner and he changed oil every 5K with full synthetic and he is super anal about repairs and maintenance..
I think you are going to like it a lot, sounds like a really good deal. Even with an old PCV, with good oil discipline, you should not have a problem. If you don't like it, I'll take it off your hands!
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Jump on this car. If maintained -- as this one seems to be -- they're pretty bulletproof.
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Must have the Double Y wheels though..

in 10 years I may breakdown and get one for meself...Lol.... they are kinda cool and they look lots better than the NG 900!
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Son of a biotch, that is a great deal. Be all over it.
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Old 09-28-2014, 03:45 PM   #11
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That would sure beat the '01 9-3 I just bought for $500...

It has an engine knock...
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