Re: Bad idea to purchase a 2006 9-3 Sportcombi with 166k miles? - Saab 9-3SS Bulletin Board - Saabnet.com
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At that mileage, if the fuel pump hasn't been replaced, it will need replacing. Not a difficult job, just fiddly. I think the passenger side tank strap is on back-order... something to consider.
I think the 2006 had fiber optics for the stereo connections. Works fine, but can be expensive to fix if anything goes wrong.
I'd check to see if regular maintenance has been done; plugs, coils, front strut mount bearings, brake fluid and coolant flushes, check rear suspension rubber bushings (particularly the rear wheel-hub housing rear-bushing). Just had a subframe pulled off a 2007, and it was shot. Plus check front Tie-rod ends.
If you're anal like me, see if waterpump, timing and balance chains have been replaced. On a 12 yo car, these are maintenance items. (Just had my daughters 2005 have all that work done).
You might get lucky and all been done, or none and don't need anything. Buying a saab cheap on the back-end may mean investing some bucks to put it back to new (read - reliable)... depending upon how long you aim to keep it. For me, expect to keep it at least for another 10 years.
Oh, and if the driver's seat pad is cracked and worn, I've had good success swopping out a passenger side set pad from a donor car, for the driver's side. Rides like new (as they are seldom sat on), and have the heating pad included. $20 from a wreckers. See my photos for "how-to". HTH
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