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Old 11-28-2016, 05:48 AM
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I have the chance to buy a 2001 Saab 9-3 Turbo Convertible. The background of the car goes like this. My friend who is a car mechanic (Volvo-VW-Saab) bought it for his son three years ago, he drove it for 2 months before moving to Germany. My friend has put about 5K in it over the last two years. He overhauled the engine, new turbo, brand new top, new tires over the summer. The exterior and interior are in mint condition. No accidents, dings or rust. It has 85K miles....blue book is 2K he wants 3K which I I no problem with. I plan to drive it 1-2 days a week to work. My buddy just wants it gone, its taking up space in his 4 car garage and he does not drive it. I think its a win win for both of. Is their anything in particular really bad about this car?
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:06 AM
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Parts are getting pretty scarce, I know I have a 2009.


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Old 11-28-2016, 07:18 AM
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dont do it
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:24 AM
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Go to saabcentral.com forums. I have a 2002 vert that is my hobbie car. easy to work on all have common problems.
Top could be a problem, hydrolic and the seals tend to blow, expensive to fix.
If you can do your own work its a fun car. If you have to take it to a shop it gets expensive quickly.
Parts have never been a problem for me.
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biggest problem with Saab vehicles is finding a specialist mechanic to work on them , for the most part they are just like any other car of their era ,except the engine/ transmission configuration ,

i had the pleasure of helping a mate change the clutch on his , it was a nightmare , many special tools are needed to do most jobs as far as the drive line is concerned "so we found out the hard way'.after many hours on head scratching and bark (skin) off our arms and hands

they are a great car to drive and very nice on the road when they are maintained as is the one you are describing .
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:41 AM
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Parts are getting pretty scarce, I know I have a 2009.


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If you have a 2009 9-3, many parts are interchangeable with GM. We had one, great car, it was just time to get rid of it.
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:54 AM
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Thanks for the info

I have a built in mechanic with my buddy being one. He has worked on Saab's and Volvo's for years is currently restoring a 1956 Volvo P1800. I guess my major issue would be cost of parts. This will be used as a "Nice" beater car, if the expense gets too great I would just dump it
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