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Re: What's it like owning one of the "new" 9-3s (GM)?
Posted by Tim [Email] (more from Tim) on Wed, 8 Aug 2018 15:32:44

In Reply to: What's it like owning one of the "new" 9-3s (GM)?, bender [Profile/Gallery] , Sun, 5 Aug 2018 17:05:02
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I have a 2008 9-3 Aero (V6) XWD Combi that I've owned since new. It's really been my wife's car but since VW bought back my 2013 Passat TDI last year I've been driving it daily. A very fast, powerful and smooth driver but it's had it's share of issues over the last 10 years (it only has 63K miles on it now), including:

- Coolant expansion tank replaced 3 times under warranty
- two ignition coils replaced. One under warranty, one on my dime.
- fuel pump replaced under warranty (the GM powertrain 5yr/100K warranty which was only applicable to the 2008 model).
- A number of alarm system modules (including the back hatch window) replaced under warranty.
- Master sideview mirror switch replaced under warranty
- ESP/TCS module replaced under warranty
- ABS wiring harness replaced under warranty
- The right taillight assembly replaced under warranty (watar leakage)
- TPMS sensors replaced at my expense
- Windshield washer nozzle replaced at my expense
- Headlamp washer nozzles replaced at my expense

The rear spark plugs and coils are right up against the firewall and difficult to replace. Have had the cornering headlight malfunction come intermittently since the car was new. The dealer was never able to determine the cause and the lights work properly. We just live with it. Over the past 3 years the driver door intermittently fails to lock or unlock with the keyfob. The dealer has never been able to troubleshoot this successfully so we also live with that.

If I were you I'd spend your money on something less troublesome.



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