Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 18:02:33 GMT
From: John B <>
Subject: Re: 9-3 break rotors - are they routinely changed at 20K miles?

On 18 Oct 2004 09:22:56 -0700, John B. <> wrote: > I just got back from my dealer after a 30K mile scheduled service. I have a > 2002 9-3 conv. The dealer claims that my break rotors are thin and need > replacement, for $600. > My girlfriend bought a 2001 9-3 coming off a lease a few months back (around 30k miles). She took it to an independent Saab specialist (which has done excellent work for me in the past), and they told her that the rotors and pads both needed replacing. There was significant brake pulsing, and the rotors were rusty and visibly worn (there was a thick ridge of metal around the edge of the outward-facing friction face of the rotor). The rotors were too thin to be machined. It's impossible for me to say whether this is a normal characteristic of the 9-3's brakes, or if the previous owner was fond of braking hard and fast. But I have read many articles on this group suggesting that the 9-3's rotors wear out quickly. YMMV. John

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