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TVR Scott
TVR Scott SuperDork
9/13/21 8:48 a.m.

My neighbor got his teen daughter a similar Saab several years ago, and she's still driving it.  Got her all the way thru college and grad school and she's never replaced it.

Good buy!

Scotty Con Queso
Scotty Con Queso SuperDork
9/13/21 8:03 p.m.

I'm seriously considering buying one of these as a DD. Any reason not to? Any other GRMers have any input On these things? Transmission glass or anything like that? 

xxsportscar
xxsportscar New Reader
9/14/21 10:44 a.m.

I am on my 2nd 2008 Saab 9-3 Sportcombi and both have been awesome cars.  first car was at 158k and going strong when my wife totaled it.  side impact and the structure held up very well not encroaching on her our our 14 month old so thats a win.  we liked it so much we found a 2nd, the replacement was a lower mileage and slightly different color, now at 125k, both cars were 2.0T's with the 5 speed auto.   The saabs played the roll of Family car until my wife needed to carry more than 2 kids and we got a van, then Saab became my DD.  The Sportcombi's are good family cars because the rear door is square, makes getting kids in and out of rear-facing seats easier without bumping heads, like you would do in a sedan.  Regarding issues, both cars had a faulty fuel gauge, seems to be a common issue and replacing the sender is an afternoon job for like $20, failure seems to be the sender stops working between full and 1/2 tank, then works again.  Another common issue is the front springs fail, happened on both of my Saabs.  first Saab just accepted it, replacement got new springs/struts at the beginning of covid lockdown.   the engine is good, however there is a intake valve issue that happened over a range of cars, neither of mine seemed to be impacted so i don't actually know how wide spread this is and cars still around are either fixed or not impacted in my opinion.  Transmission, there are some instances of hard shifting when the trans fluid gets old, car has a drain plug and a dipstick so grab a case of Mobile ATF3309, drop the 4 quarts out of the pan and replace a few times with a quick circulation run in between.  I try to also do a 4 quart swap every other oil change or so as it makes sense.    honestly, i recommend the 9-3's to anyone i know who is looking for a cheap and reliable car, one thing i will caution is get a 2nd key made if you only get one with the car, that can be a pain because most GM dealers wont do the programing any more so you will need to call around and figure out who will do it, if the key is lost or damaged several modules need to be re-placed and it ends up being about a $1200 repair, vs $100 for a key.

Aaron_King
Aaron_King PowerDork
9/14/21 6:28 p.m.

As I posted in the other thread we really like ours. I have just been living with the fuel sender issue and I finally broke down and ordered a Tech 2 clone but over all its really just been brakes and oil changes.  I really want a manual SportCombi one of these days. 

xxsportscar
xxsportscar New Reader
9/15/21 7:00 a.m.

In reply to Aaron_King :

the fuel sender unit is easy to live with, we just re-set the trip odometer every fill up an knew to stop every 200ish miles.  I eventually did the job on both cars in the driveway, honestly it was pretty simple just get the gas tank light because its awkward. 

the SportCombi is awesome, my only complaint is the rear hatch isnt actually wide enough to fit a sheet of plywood, i think diagonally is like 47" - so close.  

Im up in Michigan so i got some Toyo snow tires and have had no complaints for winter.  for summer i picked up some 17's running some Firestone Fierhawk 500 (340 treadware summer tires) and that absolutely wakes the car up.

I just did the math and went through my mental list, we have owned the car for 4 years now.  So far i did oil changes, brakes, serpentine belt/tensioner, sway bar links, and a wheel bearing.  i also did shocks/struts/springs all around but honestly outside of the front springs braking off the bottom coil i could have skipped that or just did the springs.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/15/21 9:56 a.m.

In reply to xxsportscar :

That list of services and repairs is pretty typical of any car with 100k-plus miles, and yes broken springs are a MI thing.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/7/21 6:21 p.m.
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) said:

Note to self: right rear tire pressure low warning today. placard calls for 35 psi, my gauge says 31. Inflated to 35, warning went away. Posting this as T=0 for when/if it shows up again.

So it took 8 weeks and a cold morning for the low tire warning to come back. System said right rear, but all four checked at 30-31 psi. I set them all to the door placard value of 35 psi with ambient temp around 50F.

min other weirdness, mama says on two separate occasions the trunk lid has opened without being told to do so. And yesterday it happened to me. I haven't googled this yet. Anyone got experience with this?

I still really like this car. today she rolled 136k.

xxsportscar
xxsportscar New Reader
11/8/21 7:28 p.m.

Can't help with the random trunk issue as I have a hatch.  I get a reverse light failure issue in my gauge cluster at random but the lights work fine.  I think I've read this is exclusively to wagons.  Another random item is when you start getting frost on the window in the morning I occasionally get a auto headlight sensor fault warning but that goes away when the window clears up and it works just fine.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/13/21 6:59 p.m.

Decent weather today, with some snow predicted tomorrow, means winter tire swap.

dyintorace
dyintorace PowerDork
11/14/21 9:06 a.m.

Those are still great looking cars!

cdowd (Forum Supporter)
cdowd (Forum Supporter) Dork
11/14/21 11:51 a.m.

Still looking good!  Idk about the trunk lid issue.  I don't recall it ever happening to us.  Though my son drove it for the last few years and he was not always the best at letting me know issues.

obsolete
obsolete Reader
11/14/21 1:33 p.m.

The trunk lid randomly popping open is a chronic Chevy Cruze problem. Maybe GM used the same parts on these? I don't know the root cause, sorry, but hopefully that helps your search for a solution.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
2/26/22 5:43 p.m.

The 9-3 continues to be a great car for us. Mama told me the Service Due light came on a couple days ago, so I got to enjoy a bit of MI winter sunshine today changing engine oil and filter, cabin air filter, and engine air filter.

The only noteworthy / unusual thing I found was a small rodent nest under the fuel rail. Cleared that out and it's all good.

She's just a few miles short of 140k and still going strong. She's been such a good car, I even ran her through the car wash.

Thanks again to GRMer cdowd for being a great PO. 10/10, would buy from him again for sure!

cdowd (Forum Supporter)
cdowd (Forum Supporter) Dork
2/26/22 10:56 p.m.

Thank you!  I am glad you are still enjoying the car.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/11/22 9:56 p.m.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
4/12/22 11:23 a.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) :

Are you showing us that you have a bad tire sensor?  

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/12/22 12:07 p.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

inadvertently, yes.  my focus was the odometer, we've put on something like 9k miles since purchase.  

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
4/12/22 12:19 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) :

Not participating in the matched numbers like the BMW?  The speedo implies it could be done but that seems rather optimistic.  

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/12/22 2:26 p.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

not on winter tires!

TVR Scott
TVR Scott SuperDork
4/12/22 5:54 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) :

You nailed the 000 part.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/22/22 5:22 p.m.

Saab continues to surprise and delight. TIL the rear seat headrest height is adjustable!

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