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Topic Review (Newest First)
11-08-2005 07:39 PM
Pat Good find on the coupay... I wish I coulda found one, but it didnt work out that way... but Im still stoked with my car.
11-08-2005 07:28 PM
iwantaviggen check the CV boots too...
mine leaked out all the grease on my 9-3 like 5 months after i baught her
11-08-2005 06:51 PM
Peregrine Coupe Coupe Coupey Coupe.

Very smart man, your friend.

Did he make the deal?
11-08-2005 02:48 PM
Palmer That is a clone of my car down to the wheels. But my bpc is shot instead of the DI cassette.
11-08-2005 02:11 PM
Les Bouquins No one posted, but I figured I'd let everyone know, bad DI cassette.
11-08-2005 05:09 AM
Les Bouquins
Checking out a 2000 93 for a friend...

Well, I drove an hour and a half last night to look at a 93 for my friend. I am happy I went, because I honestly think he would've been in trouble without me. I knew the obvious things to look for - clutch, DI cassette, check body for bondo, look at underbody, suspension, all interior gadgets in working order, check for rust in the doors, etc etc etc. Anyway. Here's the story:

2000 Saab 93 w/ 73k miles on the odometer. Very very pretty car. Asking price 7,500. The interior was immaculate - like it had never even been sat in. There were zero stains and the leather looked BRAND new. The body was very sharp - no visible rust on any of the panel... however, lots of corrosion under the hood - lots of rusted hardware and must of the exhaust was starting to rot... but that's to be expected in Michigan.

We gave it a VERY thorough look down before we even took the car for a spin. Everything seemed to be in order, so far. Typical Michigan wear.

When we drove, it felt all right (my friend drove the first time) but it was DEFINITELY not boosting like I felt it should... we're talking a vacuum in the manifold most of the time, EVEN during high throttle and acceleration. A little bit of boost, but not much. It was still feeling smooth though - the overall ride of the car was fantastic... no noise anywhere... very sturdy and was taking the bumps on the road well.

Then I sat down in the drivers seat to feel the clutch and try to see what the deal was with the boost.

Start off in first and immediately notice that AFTER you pull out of the gear (even when not on the throttle) the engine revs up another 1,000 - 1,500 RPMs on the tach... so for example, pull out of 1st gear at 4,000 RPMs, it would pull up to 5,500, depending on how hard you were on it. Anyway, this was odd as I've owned two Saabs and never noticed anything like that. On to the next part.

THIS THING WAS NOT BOOSTING AND WAS MISFIRING. When I got on the throttle a little bit in second (down to the floor) it was DEFINITELY misfiring, there was NO boost (couldn't even touch yellow, EVER) and it was sputtering along, trying to pull. Not right for a Saab at all.

All other symptoms seemed to point to what I felt was a DI cassette, so the gentleman was going to take it to the stealer the following day to see what the deal was. I told him about the widespread DI failures and he was going to look into it... he's original owner of the car... but I was naming off technical terms and he had no idea as to what I was talking about. DEFINITELY NOT mechanically inclined in the least. He said he'd never heard of a DI cassette before, but was pretty sure he'd never had it replaced...

So long story short, my buddy may offer him 6,900 IF the problem of misfire and lack of boost are indeed diagnosed as being caused by a bad DI and fixed. Otherwise, I told him to stay away, and so did his other friend who came with us. Just sucks because it was about 180 miles round trip to go look at the thing :-/. Besides that, I would've DEFINITELY snatched it up if I was him. He's going to email us back, letting us know what the problem is.

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