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Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2004 00:57:31 GMT
From: Retro Bob <>
Subject: Re: First Time Saab owner

On Wed, 08 Dec 2004 07:28:44 -0500, KeithG <> wrote: >Make sure the idler pulleys get changed out when the serpentine belt >does (60k service). I would not go beyond 75k on the pulleys, period. I >disagree with the 10k oil change interval. 5k seems more reasonable. >Especially with the rash of sludged engines. Saab recommends 10k, but >with US driving 5k is safer. Brake shops are fine for brakes, I do mine >myself, though. Just make sure the brake shop DOES NOT 'turn' the >rotors. Replace them when they are below the minimum thickness, but if >the pedal is not pulsating, just replace the pads. If the pedal is >pulsating, replace the rotors. Auto transmission service is fluid >changes. This is a good idea. Manual transmission fluid changes should >be done at 60kmi. > >KeithG > >Pooh Bear wrote: >> Robert Murphy wrote: >> >> >>>I just purchased a 2000 9-3 S Convertible here in the US and I had a couple >>>of questions as far as maintenance. >>> >>>There is a local Saab shop with a decent reputation but I was wondering >>>about some of the basic maintenance. >>> >>>My particular question is about the brakes. I have been taking my US cars >>>(Ford, Oldsmobile) to the same brake shop for some time and I was wondering >>>if there was any reason not to take my Saab there. >>> >>>I guess the same question applies to the transmission and the cooling >>>system. >>> >>>I was also hoping for any tips as far as anything else to look for. >> >> >> For basic stuff, you don't need a Saab dealer. >> >> What attention did you think the transmission needs ? Hardly a regular service >> item ! >> >> Golden rule #1. >> >> Use synthetic engine oil ! In the UK, Mobil One is the recommended choice. >> Change every 10k miles. The engine will last a long, long time. >> >> >> >> Oh and use the right spark plugs. NGKs ( forget the part number offhand ) only >> for engines with direct ignition. >> >> Other tips. Fix stuff before it gets worse ! It's more expensive when it gets >> worse ( usually ). >> >> >> Graham >>

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