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Old 03-08-2018, 12:39 PM
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Re: So I might be trading Frankenstein, thoughts?

I would join a Saab forum and read up on these cars...common issues, reliability, parts availability, if it shares platform/parts with another GM vehicle, etc. Nothing wrong with learning a new brand, but just make it's the right car for you to do that with. You want to know what you are signing up for.

And maybe ask yourself/think about why this guy wants to trade it for yours.
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Re: So I might be trading Frankenstein, thoughts?

is this the one that shares the same platform as a subie?
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Re: So I might be trading Frankenstein, thoughts?

The 9-3 shares its platform with the Malibu, G6, etc. itís called epsilon and is very good. Iím looking at a G6 right now and that platform is tuned for a very nice but still sporty ride. If itíll be a better overall car for you while still being fun, Iíd say, go for it.


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Re: So I might be trading Frankenstein, thoughts?

All good points. His thing was he wanted to get back into the Honda game. He even has a Honda tattoo he told me about previous builds he has and just told me that no one likes Saabís because of the stereotypes kind of like we have with civics. He took me for a drive and I was impressed. Itís got like 210 hp and 250 ish lb ft of torque. I learned a lot from Frankenstein but if I can start with something more powerful that would be nice. Rather than having more downtime. So, I like the car. It pulls great. My only thing is itís got 180,000 miles. From what I understand thatís not a lot for a Saab but I donít know what kind of 180,000 miles they were. Car seems solid but without extensive checking into the engine I canít tell. My motor ďseemingly and allegedlyĒ has less than 65,000 because itís Jdm. Iím more worried about the miles more than anything and I really like everything about it. Itís like a mini tl with a turbo. The problem with finding parts isnít true because with anything thereís aftermarket. I can safely say like 75 percent of guys on this forum go aftermarket before oem from the dealer anyways. So I really donít know. On one hand Iím getting a nicer, slightly faster car with more potential for power with less downtime. On the other Iím giving up a low mileage motor, losing quite a bit of driving fun and losing my first car. However my three month old son canít ride in my car and I want something I can enjoy with the family and without. I want something with power and comfort. Frankenstein has good power and is a blast to drive but itís more driver focused rather than passenger focused at this point. And yes Roy it shared parts with a subie although I think it was a specific year that did that.
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Re: So I might be trading Frankenstein, thoughts?

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is this the one that shares the same platform as a subie?
That was the Saab 9-2x, a.k.a. Saaburu. It was a Impreza/WRX clone but with a different front end, tail lights and nicer interior. Powertrain was all Suburu.

Saab enthusiasts were up in arms, because the ignition was on the steering column. The location of the ignition on the 9-3 and 9-5 are on the center console. I think it was to pay homage to Saab's aviation history.

I have never driven the 9-3, but the 9-5 I drove back in the day was really quick with minimal turbo lag.
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Yea itís really nice even for low boost but as far as reliability goes I donít think itís easy to say itís reliable or not because of the miles. I donít know if the bearings are on their last legs or if the engine was ever ran with low oil, or if flakes from the turbo entered the engine etc. obviously I wouldnít know that even if it was low mileage. Hell my last motor was low mileage and it exploded. So Iím kind of up in arms because I donít know the condition of the inside of the motor
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Re: So I might be trading Frankenstein, thoughts?

If you are serious about it, take it to an indie shop that specializes in Saabs and have them inspect it. That's the only way you are likely going to get any sort of solid info about the current state of the car, especially the internals.
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Re: So I might be trading Frankenstein, thoughts?

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is this the one that shares the same platform as a subie?
I thought it was the 1 that was supposed to share the Opel chassis, but the Saab engineers decided it needed more metal and other work added to make it a better/safer car. So much so that Saab threw out the GM navigation system as it was junk. GM was loosing money on every Saab sold, because nothing interchanged with other GM models like it was supposed to (according to GM).

I still say do what you want, if you want the Saab, do the trade. If you want to keep your Accord, keep your Accord.
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Re: So I might be trading Frankenstein, thoughts?

Originally Posted by Kimbo80 View Post
That was the Saab 9-2x, a.k.a. Saaburu. It was a Impreza/WRX clone but with a different front end, tail lights and nicer interior. Powertrain was all Suburu.

Saab enthusiasts were up in arms, because the ignition was on the steering column. The location of the ignition on the 9-3 and 9-5 are on the center console. I think it was to pay homage to Saab's aviation history.

I have never driven the 9-3, but the 9-5 I drove back in the day was really quick with minimal turbo lag.
ahh.. i knew it was one of these haha... thanks for clearing it up
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So I might be trading Frankenstein, thoughts?

Not even sure now because thatís another expense. But at the same time I donít want to waste money trading for a car that might be worse than it looks but youíre right about everything. But this more or less means I could never trade my car for something else because itís always a gamble. Heís selling it for 1800 which has me a little suspect but he told me itís because heís had a hard time getting rid of it because people donít like Saabís
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