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I recently found an inexpensive '98 900 SE which seems to be in good condition. I am concerned about the cost for any repairs that will need to be done in the near or distant future.

What experiences have you had in regards to the cost of repairing your Saab?
 

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well if you can do it yourself it's not that bad, but parts are still kind of pricey.
what do you drive now? maybe we can compare cpst of repairs between your current vehicle and the 900.

my personal experiences have been expensive, even though i did all the work myself, BUT my car only broke because i usually drove it pretty hard. now that i've taken the car back to it's stock performance it has been awesome and i haven't had to replace much of anything.
 

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It would be my first car. I've lived in the city with no need of a car, but I am moving and need a new mode of transportation.

Are there some common problems that occur on certain models of Saabs?
 

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ignition cassette, fuel pump, crank position sensor. those are the main ones that i can think of right now.
these are the problems that you will mainly run into with an ng900/og9-3 the ng900 (new generation 900) is any 900 from '94-'98 an og9-3(old generation 9-3) is from '99-'02 but '03 for the convertibles.
i would recommend an ng900 which uses the t5(trionic 5) engine management, parts are less expensive and the cars seem to have less issues, at least to my knowledge. the og9-3's use a t7 engine management, and the car uses a few more sophisticated parts.
 

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Meh.. Its a mixed bag. I've spend about 2000 in the past 10 months I've owned my Saab. But my car was nicknamed a diva and takes it to heart. Some people tell me my car was born bad and cant fix that. Pretty soon it will be all fixed and I'll be happy. Other people seem to spend nothing cept fluid, filters, and gas.

Its the same with any car. Any other car wouldn't be worth the effort. The Saab makes it worth it...

Every time you turn the key and drive it. As soon as the turbo hits..... its awesome. The less then capable handling is something I enjoy because it takes skill and control to go fast. (plus some insanity...) I love the Saab and only a few other makes/models could make me wonder about continue driving the Saab.

I'm 19 and in college. I wouldn't get another car. Met some great people and learned alot directly from owning the Saab.
 

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i would be weary, can you show us a listing for the car you are looking at? maybe a location, there might be a member close by that is willing to take a look at the car for you. many have done it in the past.
 

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Price looks about right, i would venture that the car would sell for about 2k with 150k miles.

There are a few Michigan members, If I happened to be driving through Michigan soon, I would help you out, but I am not.

As far as repairs, some are hit and miss. I bought a 1999 9-3 with 115k miles 25 months ago. I have done 95% of the work my self. Click and Clack (The car talk guys) will tell you that it will cost about 2000 a year to keep a car with over 100,000 miles on it on the road. I think I have spent less than that, but I have also spent a lot of time in the garage working on it.

It is a labor of love though really.

one thing that adds up is that I do 5000 miles oil changes with full mobile one synthetic and ever oil change is about 40 bucks. That adds up, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
 

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Hmm...

Elmo is nearby

mlemorie is on the other side of the mitten. On occasion. He might still be in Pennsylvania.

Also Les Bouquins has a lot of experience with those era convertibles. But he's not around all that much anymore and ducks out of the country every now and then.

Try dropping PMs to those folks, if only to find a decent shop in the area.
 

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Doesn't look like a bad car, go drive it. See if it has any service records, drive it and look it over good for anything obvious, funky noises, leaks etc.
 

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I bought one for $2000 with just under 100k miles and put it through a good amount of hell on a daily basis (my clutch must hate me) Lots of traffic! Lots of stop and go!


So far the only things I have had to fix were:
- the thermostat ($30)
- the DIC ($60 used on ebay)
- the oxygen sensor ($40)

Of course there's the oil changes and a can of refrigerant for my ac but really, the car has treated me very well. The year you mentioned is a good one, I have a 99 9-3 (the last of the t5 system) and I think it really is a great car, parts are not all that expensive if your willing to buy online!

Just test drive it and make sure you put through its paces! Listen to make sure the turbo doesn't screech or anything!
 
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