Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Feeling lucky? 2005 Saab 9-3 Aero

Have you ever reached the end of your rope with a car? Done, over it, no mas, or get out of here might be some common refrains said when you get to the breaking point.  Today's Saab has a unknown issue that has rendered it immobile and offered at a dirt cheap price.  Find this 2005 Saab 9-3 Aero for sale in Bethel, CT for $650 via craigslist.

The seller states the car does not start, but could be an easy fix.  Their primary concern at this point is to make the car disappear as they are out of time and patience.  The car has a 210 horsepower 4 cylinder engine mated to a automatic transmission.  It currently has 144,000 on it. 

The car has a few modifications listed: 20% tinted windows, intake, exhaust, and lowering springs.  Any turbo Saab can be made into a torque steering tire burner rather cheaply with a aftermarket tune of the Trionic engine management system.  

What is the likelihood the car suffers from something simple like a dead direct ignition cassette?  Seized engine?  Dead starter? Say the car can be bought for $500 and the price of a tow, is it worth the risk?  Pro tip: if a seller ever mentions they could part the car out for more money than they are asking, in most cases they wouldn't know where to start.

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Cory is working on his 1995 Mercedes C36 AMG project and parting out a crappy 1998 Mercedes C43 AMG.


  1. Um, yeah.... I also don't think you are going to be capable of parting out a modern Saab if you cannot figure out how to turn your phone sideways to be able to get the whole car into the shot. </end-snark-mode . Too bad there is not a little more detail on the no-start (like, "cranks but will not fire", or "does not crank"). Anyway, probably a great deal for someone who knows these cars. Any brave DT-ers in CT?

  2. Ove would have it running on 20 minutes.

  3. Engine probably toast. They have an intake, exhaust, suspension and tints on it but can't figure out how/won't bother to even make the simplest attempt at diagnosing problem? What's it worth as scrap value? If you're close and want a project, buy it for that price and have a go!

  4. I can forgive it being a slush box for a 3 digit asking price. Would be fun to tinker with and see if you could get it running again. Worst case, you could easily get your money back in parts/scrap.


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