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Hi All,

I bought a '06 Reg 9-3 1.9TiD Vector Sport 150 8 months ago. It had 54k miles on the clock and I do love the car. I commute 65 miles each way to work everyday and it seems I've come foul of the 'common problems' with this car.

Replaced the EGR Valve after 3 months and have just replaced the Alternator and Battery. I'm doing a lot of miles (20K to date) but I've only owned japanese cars before and they never had any problems even with heavy millage.

Can anyone offer advice on what other common faults I can expect? I've been learning as I go but some advance warning of what else I can expect would be nice :)

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Well that was a cheery little read I,m about to collect a 9 3 aero year 04 plate on saturday and I am beginning to think its a risky purchase. Luckily I have not put the old 9 5 aero on ebay as yet so do you all think I should keep it as a spare? Seems to me there are a few silly probs with the 9 3 and I agree with others about alternators etc.These should not fail on 3/4 year old cars.
 

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>It's diesels that do low mileage that seem to have the problems.

Oh nuts.

I currently have an upgraded 9000 estimated 270bhp. I am looking at replacing this with a MY05 9-3 sportswagon - only problem is that it's a 1.9 TiD, I *think* it's the 180bhp version. It's got very little mileage on it, but has got all its stamps. any ex 9000 owners who could comment on why i shouldn't get rid of my 9000?
 

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Hi Saabanni, keep your 9000 - I've kept mine and apart from the odd niggle it is still going strong! I sold my previous 9000 (a 94 plate) to a friend - and it is still running well at 175k miles with little problem.

I too was thinking of getting a 9-3 (convertable) - but not any more after reading this thread.
 

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One of the best places to come for information and advice on potential issues is a forum like this. It's also one of the worst. All you will find is a lot of people posting about their problems, that what the forum is for. However unless you appreciate that the vast majority of Saab 93 owners (And Vectra owners for that matter) don't post at all and those that do will only post if they get issues then you will get a very slanted view of all the issues and you will get the impression that everyone has an issue with theirs when infact the vast majority have great vehicles with no issues.

All cars have issues, some are better than others, some worse. The 1.9CDTI is probably one of europes most widely applied engines, there must be over a million of then in various vehicles. Thats a lot of people not posting....
 

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Having read most of these comments I think I agree with the last contributor.

I have on 06 9-3 Vector Sports TiD 1.9. It had 80k on the clock when I purchased it in May 2009. I have just gone through 111k and have had no problems at all, except an alternator at just shy of 100k, which is ok, my old Passat went at about the same time. The car goes very well returns over 50mpg.

My only issue is the information about service intervals. I cant work out if its every 18k or not, if its got a cam chain or belt and when or if it needs changing? Car is great, info on servicing and such - rubbish. Can anyone give me a definitive answer on the above by the way, my service light has just come on and I dont know what to do..
 

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My only issue is the information about service intervals. I cant work out if its every 18k or not, if its got a cam chain or belt and when or if it needs changing? Car is great, info on servicing and such - rubbish. Can anyone give me a definitive answer on the above by the way, my service light has just come on and I dont know what to do..[/b]

diesel is a belt,72k from memory...18k oil changes,sooner if the car is only doing alot of short journeys..

when the belt is done,also wise to change the waterpump & tensioner at the same time...
 

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One of the best places to come for information and advice on potential issues is a forum like this. It's also one of the worst. All you will find is a lot of people posting about their problems, that what the forum is for. However unless you appreciate that the vast majority of Saab 93 owners (And Vectra owners for that matter) don't post at all and those that do will only post if they get issues then you will get a very slanted view of all the issues and you will get the impression that everyone has an issue with theirs when infact the vast majority have great vehicles with no issues.

All cars have issues, some are better than others, some worse. The 1.9CDTI is probably one of europes most widely applied engines, there must be over a million of then in various vehicles. Thats a lot of people not posting....[/b]
I agree wholeheartedly. My last car was a Rover 75 CDT, which I bought at 87000 miles, kept for 5 years, and sold it this week at 158000 miles. Yet to read the forums, you'd think it was the worst car in the world. Believe me it's not. BMW diesel, with cam chain, changed at 200,000 miles? You never see a rusty 75. But like any other marque, there may be "friday afternoon" cars, but again like any other cars, they need TLC sometimes.

The main purpose of forums like this is to solve problems, not to post "had another uneventful day today". And don't forget, even the "best" of cars need repairing occasionally. Hence BMW (not that they're the best!!) have specialist repairers, as do VW, Jaguar etc etc.

Sorry, rant over.

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My only issue is the information about service intervals. I cant work out if its every 18k or not, if its got a cam chain or belt and when or if it needs changing? Car is great, info on servicing and such - rubbish. Can anyone give me a definitive answer on the above by the way, my service light has just come on and I dont know what to do..[/b]
Servicing is nominally 18000 or 2 years but it's actually based on the type of miles driven and determined by the ECU. When you get a service warning it's time for service. You could look at doing an oil change halfway between services.
 

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I own Saab 1.9 TID 150HP - automatic transmission

Problems so far. (I bought a car when it had 124k km)

Changed:

Battery
Repaired Alternator
Left Wheel bearing
Belt
Water pump
Brake Discs and Pads (front&rear)

Once it just died in front of my house - no electricity all all. (it was alternator fault) On the other side is very comfortable and great engine, low fuel consumption...

But but, i just love that car. :)
 

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One of the best places to come for information and advice on potential issues is a forum like this. It's also one of the worst. All you will find is a lot of people posting about their problems, that what the forum is for. However unless you appreciate that the vast majority of Saab 93 owners (And Vectra owners for that matter) don't post at all and those that do will only post if they get issues then you will get a very slanted view of all the issues and you will get the impression that everyone has an issue with theirs when infact the vast majority have great vehicles with no issues.

All cars have issues, some are better than others, some worse. The 1.9CDTI is probably one of europes most widely applied engines, there must be over a million of then in various vehicles. Thats a lot of people not posting....[/b]

Agree completely. I had a Vector 1.9 Tid that did 78K before I sold it, trouble free except the EGR valve failed just before the car went, but an EGR failure is something that can plague any modern Diesel. But as others have said, if you are only doing low mileage, get a petrol.

The 1.9 diesel engine is in fact a Fiat/Alfa engine, so its use is very very widespread across Europe, in Fiats, Alfa Romeos, Vauxhalls, Opels and of course Saab's. It has been in use in the Fiat/Alfa cars since Alfa introduced a 1.9 diesel in the 156. Many people consider it as a GM engine but GM and Fiat did a engine deal (not sure how many years ago), GM took the 1.9 diesel from Fiat and Fiat took the 2.2 4 cyl and 3.2 ltre V6 from GM. Alfa Romeo added their own heads and manifolds to blocks supplied by GM, to make it more 'Alfa' and less Omega. The 4 cyl 2.2 ltr GM engine was first fitted to the 159, instead of the classic TC Alfa engine, much to many peoples disgust.

With such a large number of the 1.9 diesel engines on the road, many doing huge mileage, there are bound to be problems, but in reality, the % is probably low.
 

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I have a 93 Convertible 1.9TTid Auto with power upgrade by Hirsch.

It's now two months old and so far no problems, no visits to the dealership. One of the number plate lights stopped working so that's just a bulb replacement.

This is the 2nd convertible I have had and so far similar to the last one which was a 2005 model, no problems.[/size][/size]
 

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I have a 93 Convertible 1.9TTid Auto with power upgrade by Hirsch.

It's now two months old and so far no problems, no visits to the dealership. One of the number plate lights stopped working so that's just a bulb replacement.

This is the 2nd convertible I have had and so far similar to the last one which was a 2005 model, no problems.[/size][/size][/b]
Funny on my 2008 TTiD Auto Convertible one of my number plate lights just failed. When replacing I noticed there was no sealing gasket (other one fine). New lens being supplied under warranty.
How much did the Hirsch upgrade affect your insurance by ?
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Funny on my 2008 TTiD Auto Convertible one of my number plate lights just failed. When replacing I noticed there was no sealing gasket (other one fine). New lens being supplied under warranty.
How much did the Hirsch upgrade affect your insurance by ?
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Good question but I unfortunately am unable to answer as the car was purchased new with the upgraded already fitted so the insurance I got was for it already included. Compared to the last time I took insurance on the 2005 model it did not seem much more expensive.

Are you thinking of getting the upgrade?

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Brought my 04 Aero from a friend 14 months ago - only had 28k on the clock. Added another 8k, (and Hirsch, Springs, Wheels, Audio er and one or two other things...)

Problems as it goes into its annual service on Monday - not one except my reducing bank balance on the toys.

Very happy (except I cant get retro fitted heated seats)

Now should I go for the full leather re-trim?
 

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I`m on my sezond 9-3ss, first one 04 Vector sport 2.0t sold with 82k on the clock and no problems at all now I have 07 Aero with 38k on the clock no problems again. Before Saabs I had Audi A3 2.0 Tdi and BMW 330d both gave my lot of troubles and cost me lots of money.
 

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Got my first Saab 2 days before christmas, 9-3 1.9ttid (on contract hire0 aero. So far I've covered just over 1k miles so you wouild hope it'd be ok. No problems of any sort so far, really like the car with one excetion. I find the ride far too hard for my liking, but then that's the trade-off with having the bigger wheels etc. that come with the aero. Really like the engine, much smoother than my Alfa 2.4d Brera I had (also on contract!). The gear ratios are better too, although the change is not quite so slick, (but still ok). Hope I don't have to post anything more on here, except to report in a year's time nothing's gone wrong!
 

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I am a lurker - I am reading the forums, summoning up the courage to jump in. I was going to buy the old version of the 9-3 until I read about the oil sludge and the bulkhead. I decided to avoid that minefield (foolish me ?). Now, My last 3 cars have been 1991 bmw 730 (drove it from 78k to 262k until I got fed up with paying for suspension bits every mot), Vauxhall Vectra (130k - 160k, scrapped after forgetting about cam belt changes), and my current 1997 bmw 740 (115k to 190k). Now, I have read this sticky with a great deal of dismay. This is a Saab forum ! I would've expected a lot of 'best car I have ever had' etcetera. I like the Saabs, they are cool in a non flash way, and I was hoping for a bit of Germanic quality at a discount price. I have to say that I have been impressed by the bmws but I am not (and this is why I am here) addicted to them. But the reviews I read here about the Saab 9-3 are not good and I am veering back to the bmw. Please could a few forumites say something nice about them ! I know that people like to moan but if someone asked me about the 730 I would have to say that it is a fantastic car, the engine is brilliant, it seemed to get faster as it got older, it didn't smoke, started first time everytime, there were no rattles or squeaks, blah, blah, best car I ever had, totally reliable, in all the time I had it it there were 3 days when it was off the road, you get the idea. Snore, snore ! So come on, you obsessive Saabers ! Say something nice !

Quick edit - I read this sticky a few days ago and it seemed full of doom, now re-reading it it doesn't seem so bad. My car had bad days too but I see it through rose tinted glasses. That's sort of what I was expecting here as well.

Quick edit # 2 - it has been said that the forum is only to help people with their problems so it is bound to be a bit negative but this particular thrtead is aimed at getting everyone's opinion about the reliability that's why I would expect a few dyed-in-the-wool Saabites to say good things about it.
 
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