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#1 2016-08-02 12:04:28

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Looking at a 9-2 tomorrow, could you provide comments and advice?

Hello all,


I'm in the market for a versatile, reliable, long term vehicle. I'm going to look at this Saab 9-2x tomorrow.

Here's what I know:

- Looks like a linear(no hood scoop), no leather, may have the cold weather package.
- NJ inspection (emissions only state).
- New pads and rotors.
- Interior looks good.
- Some minor exterior scratches.
- No service records or history, seller believes he is the 2nd owner. Implied he flips cars. Will run a carfax before deciding.
- 100K miles, 5500 asking price. Condition is "excellent", "runs great", "no check engine light".


An item of concern was under the hood. Not excellent. While most of it looks good, there is some rust on the bolts and (battery mount? I guess you could call it) which. Based on other under-the-hood pictures I've seen, this kind of rust isn't typical for a well kept 9-2/Impreza.
http://i.imgur.com/Urye1UP.jpg


I'm going to try to bring someone along with solid mechanical knowledge. What specific things should we look for?

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#2 2016-08-02 12:13:49

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Re: Looking at a 9-2 tomorrow, could you provide comments and advice?

uh, ask when the last time the timing belt was done.  And if it has ever had the head gaskets replaced. Oh and the a-arm and airbag recall. Other than that should be a typically reliable linear


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#3 2016-08-02 12:21:46

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Re: Looking at a 9-2 tomorrow, could you provide comments and advice?

eazy-e wrote:

uh, ask when the last time the timing belt was done.  And if it has ever had the head gaskets replaced. Oh and the a-arm and airbag recall. Other than that should be a typically reliable linear

Thank you.

I have a feeling he will say he doesn't know for the timing belt and head gaskets. If I go to a good garage, how much do you think it would cost if they need replaced?

EDIT: I'm reading $1,000-$1500 for belt and head gasket replacements.

Last edited by User1 (2016-08-02 12:36:09)

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#4 2016-08-02 14:26:49

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Re: Looking at a 9-2 tomorrow, could you provide comments and advice?

sounds about right. If the head gaskets are fine then just leave them but there were a fair number with leaky ones. timing belt is due at 105k miles if I remember correctly.


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#5 2016-08-02 15:08:31

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Re: Looking at a 9-2 tomorrow, could you provide comments and advice?

eazy-e wrote:

sounds about right. If the head gaskets are fine then just leave them but there were a fair number with leaky ones. timing belt is due at 105k miles OR 105 months if I remember correctly.


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#6 2016-08-02 15:54:00

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Re: Looking at a 9-2 tomorrow, could you provide comments and advice?

I wouldn't worry too much about the rust under the hood, under the car (control arms & strut tower areas) is where rust is more of an issue for these cars. Give the underside a look, possibly have a shop look it over as well, to confirm the extent of any rust damage.

As far as the battery tie-down, I live in rust-free CA and I feel like I am constantly battling corrosion on it no matter how many re-sprays of paint, battery corrosion inhibitor, etc. That's a quick replacement, the other rusted bolts, wire brush to clean and then a quick spray with some POR15 and call it good?


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#7 2016-08-02 15:57:23

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Re: Looking at a 9-2 tomorrow, could you provide comments and advice?

Compression and leakdown tests.


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#8 2016-08-03 20:47:07

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Re: Looking at a 9-2 tomorrow, could you provide comments and advice?

Always assume rear strut tower rot especially in NE cars, that will require pulling the interior to treat or cut and weld. That's a fairly high price for a Linear, needs to be well sorted, clean and documented history IMO.

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