side control arm with bushing for
1998 and newer saab 93.
Brand new - still in packaging.
Ordered the wrong part - too late to return it.
(Type: "Saab 93 control arm" in subject field)
a Saab 9-3?
My wife Mona, and I decided to purchase
a used Saab 9-3 for several reasons:
The buying process and experience:After scouring the internet and local used car dealers, we found the car we
were looking for at Affinity Auto Sales in Lunenburg, Massachusetts:
John and Jeremy Wolons (the owners) sold
us a great car at a reasonable price and they were very helpful to us from
the beginning to the end of the car buying process.
The 1999 Saab 9-3 SE has that solid feel that German and Swedish cars are known for.
Fit and finish are very good, as is the quality of materials. The leather and plastics on the seats, doors and dash all have a look and feel of quality. There are also plenty of cubbyholes and compartments for storing small items inside the car.
The 6-speaker am/fm stereo with cassette, while not dazzling, is certainly more than adequate.
Ergonomics and seating position are very good. We feel comfortable in the car and everything is where it should be.
Styling is very nice. Tasteful and attractive without making a spectacle of itself.
More impressions:Acceleration is very good. The turbocharger really makes this car come alive!
I had a chance to drive a 1999 Saab 9-3 SE with an automatic transmission before buying a 1999 Saab 9-3 SE with a 5 speed. The automatic transmission works nicely and has useful features such as a sport mode and a winter mode. However, it is not possible to wring torque and acceleration out of the 2.0 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder with automatic transmission the way you can with a 5 speed transmission.
The 5 speed turns the 1999 Saab 9-3 SE into a sports car with a claimed 0-60 time of 7.5 seconds.
Handling is very good as far as cornering is concerned, and the 1999 Saab 9-3 SE feels very stable and sure-footed.
I do find that the car wants to drift ever so slightly in one direction or another. On the highway, it always seems that it takes an effort (however slight) to keep the car tracking in a straight line. While this is fairly subtle, it does become annoying after an hour or so of driving. Perhaps the alignment is a little off.
Since I could not immediately get the car to an alignment shop, I decided to check the air pressure in each of the tires. The pressure was 30 lbs in each tire. A quick look in the owner’s manual informed me that depending upon how you have the car loaded, Saab recommends having between 33 and 41 lbs in each tire. I have always kept the tires of my previous Volkswagens inflated to 40 lbs (yes, I like them on the firm side), so I decided to try the same with the Saab 9-3. This made an enormous difference in the personality of the car!
There is still an ever so slight pull to the left, but the car feels much more stable and at ease on the highway as well as on winding country roads.
Turns out the car had a worn front stancion arm and bushing. In my quest to replace this, I ordered the worng part and waited too long to return it. The incorrectly ordered item is now for sale at the top of this page. I have since ordered the correct part and will have it installed soon. It should resolve the problem. It is important to note that I have been driving the car with this problem for almost a year. I find that if I keep the tires inflated to 40 PSI, the shimmy is barely noticable. If the PSI in the front tires falls below 36, the shimmy comes alive!
While our 1999 Saab 9-3 SE is a very nice car just the way it is, we would like to improve on a few things:
We are going to document these aftermarket improvements on video and will be available on a video CD that will play in most DVD players as well as in “Windows Media Player” on most personal computers. This video will be approximately 1 hour long and available for only $10.00 postage paid (in the U.S.) by January of 2004. Click the PayPal button below to reserve your copy now.
is what we have planned for aftermarket improvements on our 1999 Saab
Goals of the project:
Video Available Soon!
As mentioned earlier, every step of this project will be documented on video and available to anyone who would like to view it.
We are in the process of obtaining the items mentioned above and the project will begin very soon.
Please check this page often, as we will document our progress on this web page and we will be sure to include links to the manufacturers and installers who are involved in this project!
Click the PayPal button below to reserve your copy now.
Saab 9-3 SE facts:
1999 Saab 9-3 SE facts:
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