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Old 07-15-2009, 08:23 PM
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My friend I work with mentioned getting a Saab when I told him I'm in the market for a new car. Ideally I'd like something about $5-7K. The 2000-2002 9-3 looks nice and fits that price range. Anything I should know about these cars before looking?
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:15 PM
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Yes. Do NOT spend 7K on one. Also I personally prefer the 99 9-3, but if you don't ever plan on tuning the car it doesn't matter. I personally would stay away from convertibles... If you drive a manual you'd probably be able to get an even better deal. Expect to spend around 1K for preventive maintenance when you get the car - you would want to drop the oil pan and clean it. Also make sure that all options work (heated seats, AC, heat, audio, etc). 4500 is the most I would pay for a 9-3 in the current economy. Shop around, check ebay often and don't be afraid to ask advice on a specific car. We're here to help.
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I'd love to tune the car I get, the reason I'm looking at Saabs is because they come with a turbo stock and are reasonably priced. I currently own a Saturn SL1 that I've done a bunch of work to but the car only pushes about 60 whp lol.... From what I've read elsewhere is a lot of negatives, mostly from bmw fanbois though. I also heard a transmission seal leaks on some of the later models, mixing tranny fluid with oil or antifreeze. BTW are these timing chain or belt controlled? Hydraulic or mechanical lifters?

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If you want to tune I would personally go with a 1999. It's a MAP instead of MAF and there are some other major differences. Don't get a V6, they suck reliability-wise. As far as issues... I know of many 9-3's that run fine without a rebuild way into 250K miles. I owned one with 180-K miles that was completely stock and still on the original clutch. The 2.0 turbo has a timing chain and hydraulic lifters, the V6 has a timing belt. Also there's open source tuning available for these cars and a somewhat full assortment of aftermarket parts.
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I'm hearing a lot of bad things about the reliability of these cars, or any car that is cheap with a turbo for that matter. Also that these are a PITA to work on. Any input?
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a lot easier to work on that any BMW or VW. In fact I don't think there's any job that can't be done in a parking lot with appropriate tools.
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