Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 21:14:07 -0000
From: "pburetnospaml.com" <pburetnospaml.com>
Subject: Re: outrageous major service maintenance costs for 2002 9-5 Linear Wagon


On Jun 26, 12:13 am, drew <mr.drew.john...nospaml.com> wrote: > Hi everyone, > > I'd like some second opinions.... It is time for my 2002 9-5 Linear > Wagon 60k maintenance per manufacturer recommendations. I suspected > it would be expensive, but upon calling the dealer to schedule > service, I was shocked that I was quoted $1,100.00 Upon inquiring why > so expensive, one of the explanations was the automatic transmission > fluid was so expensive to replace, and it takes approx 15 quarts - > totaling nearly 1/2 the bill. > > Is this comparable to what others are spending for this type of > service, or am I being gouged by the dealership? > > Thanks for any input you might have the trans liquid for the 02 and beyond is specific and very expensive when bought through SAAB (about 18$ a quart). It is made for Aisin transmissions and is refered to as type 3309 : cheaper alternatives (fully compatible) are Mobil1 3309 (http://www.mobiloil.com/USA- English/MotorOil/Other_Products/Mobil_ATF_3309.aspx; available on the web at AVLUBE) or Toyota type IV . Do NOT use Dexron at all. I don't remember what is required for the 60K but other than the trans ATF change, you'll need to replace the accessory belt (about $30 for the belt, add $100 in parts if you change the 2 pulleys recommended). Not a very easy task due to limited access. Another thing I would do is replace the vacuum lines 9about 10 feet of 4mm vacuum lines) as they get very brittle and leak. for parts, I recommend eeuroparts.com . The Saabsite also has a good selection but in my experience their service was so-so at best. Where are you located ? You might be able to find people to help on SAABNET.com or recommend an independent.

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