Bought a napa kit and fixed it road side. I went to the Rhode Island Saab meet today and Casey heard a nice metal clicky noise and what do you know, my water pump is about to wooble its way through the timing cover. I made it home but wont drive it to work until it gets replaced.
The engine is now up to ~160k so the water pump has ~35k on it. Short lived right?
My Brand new OEM Saab water pump shit the bed with less then 30K on it... I replaced with what I always use - a HEPU rebuild kit from Eeuroparts - they have NEVER failed me. Besure to use light sealer on the gasket and it will never leak there. I have over 45K on my 9000 unit - had over 30K on my old 9K and our 9-3 has over 20K - not "high" numbers - but again - never had one fail.