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Thread: Winter Daily Saab9-3

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    The DPF was choked and I left it in with the mechanic to get fixed. All sorted now and car is absolutely flying. It's had a lot of money spent on it recently (bangeromics and cheap winter daily out the window):

    - 2 new front tyres Lassa Driveways in July €180
    - Timing Belt/Water pump, service, inlet manifold flaps blanked, dpf fixed €600 in October/November
    - Ecu faults cleared with Saab specialist €200 in December

    Car isn't really worth putting anymore money into and thinking of selling but I would say I'm married to the car now 08 cheap tax diesels are cheap and plentiful. But the auto 150bhp 1.9TID Saab 9-3 is €750 to tax from 08 on and this is €710

    I fancy a bit of cheap tax and an estate bmw 320d. More money for my projects. But the timing chain craic scares me and any tax savings would be totally gone by a replacement timing chain.

    There is a bit of steering wheel play and seemingly it's a very common Saab problem and just needs the U-Joint replaced. Anyone had that issue on their Saab? Is it a diy-able fix?

  2. #22
    I haven't been on this forum in a while but yes, the u-joint can be easily replaced. Its very diy-able but a little bit tricky as space is a tight. There's a guy in the UK who refurbishes them, buy you're probably as well of just getting a used good one from Anthony Jordan in Donegal. I think there is a write up on UKSaabs of how to do it. Just note that the U joint for the diesel and petrol are different, so make sure that you get the right one.

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeryantipperary View Post
    I haven't been on this forum in a while but yes, the u-joint can be easily replaced. Its very diy-able but a little bit tricky as space is a tight. There's a guy in the UK who refurbishes them, buy you're probably as well of just getting a used good one from Anthony Jordan in Donegal. I think there is a write up on UKSaabs of how to do it. Just note that the U joint for the diesel and petrol are different, so make sure that you get the right one.
    Sorry, I only seen your comment there. Thanks for your advice.

    The car refused to start on me one winter morning in February. Trailered it to the mechanic, and got a new battery and a new starter motor. Another €200.

    Put the car into the nct, it failed on a sticky rear calliper, and play in the steering u-joint and the rack.

    So new rear left brake calliper, u-joint and re-adjustment of the rack. Car feels brilliant once again. Made a massive difference, I'd been living with the steering play and didn't think it was as bad as it actually was. So big improvement.

    Went to book the retest and then the nct centres closed due to Covid restrictions. So waiting until they reopen. It's nct'd until June anyway, and didn't need anything serious.

    Gave it a wash, with some pre-wash, snow foam, wheel cleaner, and then some tyre gel and trim restorer. Trim restorer has made a huge difference and looks much better.

    Anyway here's some pics just cause.

    20200407_203759 by davemx-5, on Flickr

    20200407_203826 by davemx-5, on Flickr

    20200407_203810 by davemx-5, on Flickr


    20200409_163913 by davemx-5, on Flickr

    20200409_163922 by davemx-5, on Flickr

    20200409_170602 by davemx-5, on Flickr

    20200409_170618 by davemx-5, on Flickr

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