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Re: 2002 Saab 9-3 turbo automatic - how reliable?
Posted by Mike Hunt (more from Mike Hunt) on Sun, 25 Mar 2018 18:16:11
In Reply to: 2002 Saab 9-3 turbo automatic - how reliable?, Kurt, Sun, 25 Mar 2018 18:16:10
Between you and I 7000 is a ridiculous price for a 2002 with that mileage......or for any 2002 for that matter. The key to a successful 9-3 ownership is the history. The 9-3 got a redesigned piston setup and other 'enhancements' that ultimately led to sludge buildup in the oil pan which caused oil starvation and has cooked a whole lot of motors in under 100k miles. There were all kinds of pcv updates to address this and lots of times the rubber bits in the pcv system would fail then end up in the pan blocking the oil pickup with the help of cooked oil sludge. A real crapshow. It is very plausable that this car you are looking at recently blew up and was pieced back together for the used car lot. The mileage wouldn't be too far off for. If it has not seen synthetic oil every 3-5k since new and you have records for it....walk away. If it hasn't had every pcv update along the way (they are on version 6 now)....walk away. If the seller has never had the oil pan off to inspect for buildup......walk away. Like I said 7k is waaaaaay high. The new stuff is trouble. You would be 100x better off with a real nice clean 9000 aero. Even though it would be older.....they are 100x the car compared to a 9-3. A 9-3 wont go 150k miles without serious attention and babysitting. A 9000 or classic 900 will go forever. True saabers know this to be true. Just my $0.02 though.
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Posts in this Thread:
- 2002 Saab 9-3 turbo automatic - how reliable?, Kurt, Sun, 25 Mar 2018 18:16:10
- Re: 2002 Saab 9-3 turbo automatic - how reliable?, AlaskanViggen, Mon, 26 Mar 2018 17:49:18
- Re: 2002 Saab 9-3 turbo automatic - how reliable?, none-yet, Mon, 26 Mar 2018 17:25:36
- Re: 2002 Saab 9-3 turbo automatic - how reliable?, Justin VanAbrahams , Mon, 26 Mar 2018 11:05:14
- Re: 2002 Saab 9-3 turbo automatic - how reliable? warning...long, Bernie , Sun, 25 Mar 2018 19:30:13
- Re: 2002 Saab 9-3 turbo automatic - how reliable?, Mike Hunt, Sun, 25 Mar 2018 18:16:11 <-- Viewing This Message
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