Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003 15:16:47 -0500
From: 'nuther Bob <>
Subject: Re: balance shaft warranty repair - bad omen or good start?

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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