Would you buy a used Saab car?

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  • Would you buy a used Saab car?
  • grantway
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    For many years up to present closure the engine and running gear
    was a Vauxhall as it was Vauxhall owned. So you should’t have trouble getting parts

    I had an 900i many years past and the one thing you should make sure is to buy one with a full service
    history. Preferably SAAB dealer as they virtually wanted the car to be running as new.

    lovetoride
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    Or would you stay well clear for potential problems obtaining parts etc?

    redstripe
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    I like Saabs, had several, I buy cheap and run them for a year or so before off-loading. Used to get trim breakages, heater problems and pixilated screens on the latter noughties ones I had. My favourite ever one was an early 80’s 900 turbo auto I had as student, most fast comfortable car for runs between Wales/London. I like the look of the last 9-5’s they made, might try and get one

    Lazgoat
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    A colleague has a 9-3 or something like that, 2006 model anyway. In the last 4 years he has no trouble getting spares for it.

    Gribs
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    As long as you don’t go for the latest generation 9-5 you shouldn’t have any trouble finding parts as even if some are hard to get hold of new there’s plenty of breakers around.

    Premier Icon kcal
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    as above, breakers, parts are still in supply (well mostly).

    Had an old style 900S, currently a second gen 900S.

    In fact the indy Saab garage I take my 1996 900S to, reckons they’re even cheaper than ever to run now, as so many are scrapped – can get clutches, engines etc for very little these days.

    andymc06
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    I have a 2006 9-5 Aero estate. No problem at all with servicing and spares. Lots of independents and online specialists supplying parts. 2.3 HOT turbo goes like stink! A hell of a lot of car for the money.

    Premier Icon Woody
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    I have a ‘2000’ 9-5 2.3 turbo and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another. Most comfortable car I’ve driven on long journeys and a fair turn of speed when needed.

    Parts are not a problem – I was unlucky enough to have the turbo blow in December and a 2nd hand one was only £100 and new £230. The only advice I would give is to buy something with good dealer or Saab specialist service history. It was advice I was given and ignored, letting my heart rule my head when I saw one I liked at a good price. It cost a few hundred quid to sort out my rash decision.

    Premier Icon coolhandluke
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    Ive had a 9-3 Lpt(1999)
    9-5 Lpt
    both went to 150,000 miles without anything unexpected going on them

    Mrs Coolhandluke is now driving a newer shape 9-3 convertible Aero and its lovely. 210 BHP, nice…..

    We’ve used an excellent Saab specialist near Liverpool Airport so think we’re in good hands there.

    I have heard that they are making cars again anyway and the parts bit of Saab never went under, it was very very profitable.

    hora
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    Any decent indies to buy one from in the NWEST/WYorks?

    Premier Icon coolhandluke
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    Theres a good one by Speke Airport. (John Lennon Airport)

    been there for about 25 years or something anyway so I guess they must be good.

    if you get the bus there, you can actually ask someone at a bus stop if the next bus is going to speak! oh how that love that one. 😀

    loddrik
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    Theres a good one by Speke Airport. (John Lennon Airport)
    been there for about 25 years or something anyway so I guess they must be good.

    Sarbkar.

    Personally I’d have no probs driving a 9/3 TTiD Estate. 😀

    mtbmatt
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    SAAB parts are a company themselves, still making spares for all the cars.
    Can’t see any issue what so ever.

    I’ve had one. Nice car

    hora
    Member

    One 95 that I saw/Quick question. If the alarm keeps triggering could it be an old battery? Apparently the battery is hard to get to.

    I do like the look of the late 93 estate in 2.0T guise.

    Premier Icon Bregante
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    I’d have a petrol , which go for comparatively little

    like this one

    Premier Icon johnnystorm
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    As mentioned above, SAAB are back making the 93 and the Parts company stayed State owned because it was profitable and never stopped cranking out parts.

    I’ve just sold my 93 Estate as I’ve now got an STW standard issue T5.

    Don’t buy a Diesel unless you do lots of big journeys as the mpg around town is atrocious and you’ll clog up the DPF (Diesel particulate filter) and EGR (Exhaust gas recirculation valve). The EGR can be cleaned out but it’s a faff and if you aren’t into DIY then it’s probably cheaper to get the Garage to pop on a new one than spend the time cleaning it.

    DPFs do get clogged on short journeys (on long journeys they carry out an automatic cleaning cycle) BUT good independents or official service centres can force a manual regeneration if they have the right ECU tool.

    I had a new DPF fitted which instantly clogged up again, I went to a specialist and they used the ECU tool to regenerate the old one, the SAAB tech manuals say it’s very rare that a DPF has to be replaced rather than regenerated.

    While there, they were also able to see that there had been a recent update to the ECU firmware that forced DPF regeneration more frequently to deal with the problem. If you get a Diesel (I’d still get a petrol!) it’d be worth a visit to a specialist to see if the firmware is up to date.

    Lots of bollocks spouted about interior quality, etc. I sat in modern Audis, BMWs and VWs and personally I can’t say any where super impressive compared to the SAAB.

    Get A Vector Sport or above as the heated leather seats are superb. 🙂

    Gribs
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    One 95 that I saw/Quick question. If the alarm keeps triggering could it be an old battery? Apparently the battery is hard to get to

    Nope. The backup battery in my alarm unit is completely dead but just works as normal other than a message on the sid. Combine that with a dodgy main battery and it could cause problems though.

    T.K Auto’s are in Edenfield and seem to have an occasional car in. I took my 9-5 aero there to be checked over/serviced when I bought it and they seem very good. If I need anything done that I’m not comfortable doing myself I’ll certainly go back there.

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