Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 16:38:40 -0500
From: Captain Freedom <>
Subject: Re: 9-3 break rotors - are they routinely changed at 20K miles?

I have 50,000 miles on a 99 9.3 and the rotors are original and still straight. I expect them to be still straight at 80,000 miles. John Dave Hinz wrote: > 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. > > > It's a 45 minute job with normal hand tools. The most "exotic" thing is > a 5mm (7mm?) allen wrench. > > >>The dealer claims and I quote "SAABs have very thin rotors and they cannot >>be machined. > > > Wrong. Find a better dealer. > > >>It's routine to have rotors changed at 18K-20K on a SAAB 9-3 > > > Wrong. > > >>and I did very well reaching 30K. Right now, if I slam on the breaks, >>there's a chance the rotors may shatter". > > > Never heard of such a thing. > > >>I am a bit suspicious because this is my second 9-3 conv. (the other a '99) >>and I never had a problem with that one, I had Midas change my pads at 36K >>miles. I also owned over 10 cars and I never heard of rotors needing >>replacement every 20K-30K miles. > > > I just helped a friend do front rotors on a 9-3 with 30,000+ miles, and > the old ones are still well within spec (and he drives city miles > almost exclusively). The pads were half gone. We did brakes because he > wanted ventilated rotors, so we did the whole thing (both sides, pads and > rotors in the front) in well under an hour. 150 bucks worth of parts > (ventilated rotors from and pads from same). > > >>I specifically asked the dealer to check my pads/breaks during the 20K mile >>service and all was good then. I asked whether it would make a difference >>had my pads been changed back on the 20K service and the dealer said "no, it >>wouldn't SAAB rotors need to be changed all the time, even if you change the >>pads. > > > Find a better dealer, this one is trying to take advantage of you not knowing > the car. > > >>Is this guy for real or am I being taken to the cleaners (I haven't >>authorized the job yet BTW). > > > Good. Don't. If you want step-by-step instructions let us know, it's > not difficult at all. Do you have a measuring device to measure the > brake rotor thickness? Are they pulsing (warped) or badly grooved? > > Dave Hinz >

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