Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 06:25:40 GMT
From: "sMiles" <>
Subject: Re: balance shaft warranty repair - bad omen or good start?

Hi all, The latest news. Bjorn the mechanic said that the balance shaft was no problem, and didn't think it was a bad omen. He still thinks the pulleys are bad, too. He's kind of gruff, so he must be a great mechanic ;-). There are plenty of other choices in my area (LA, CA), but the price is sweet ($17K) and except for a glove box upon which junior must have taken out his frustrations, and this mechanical problem, the car is impeccable (37K miles). Also, I still have seven months of warranty. What can I say? I'm smitten. But I still have few days to ponder. I may have to call Car Talk tomorrow. Thanks, Miles "'nuther Bob" <> wrote in message news:5ud47vcca2gscbdhr3gohth1etgl384v4jnopsamcom... > On Fri, 14 Mar 2003 06:20:38 GMT, "Miles Abrams" > wrote: > > >Hi all, > > > >I'm about to buy a 99 9-3 Convertible -- my first SAAB. > > Saab 'verts rock! > > > which he attributed to worn/defective idler and tensioner pulleys. > > Very common. Change them every 45-50K miles if your smart. $80 in > parts for the upper pulley & belt. DIY. > > >He said this was not an uncommon problem and that the warranty (valid till > >September '03) should cover it no problem (also said to pay for a new belt > >if they don't want to cover it). > > Yep, get the belt, $35 AFAIR. > > >So, the shaft is being replaced under warranty. The question to you, wise > >newsgroupers, is should I still take the car, or is this a sign of bad > >things down (or all over) the road? > > Uncommon, AFAIK. I'd shop for another. If there are not many Saabs > in your area, you might bargain it a bit. But, if there are, why not > choose one that doesn't have any odd problems. > > Bob

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