Last week I had the Stage1 E85 BioPower/Flex fuel conversion made on the 2001 9-3t. With the T7 engine you can drive with regular gas or E85 (85% ethanol) or any mixture between them. The E85 network is pretty sufficient in Finland for my needs, so I’m happy to drive with a slightly more green fuel.
The 9-3 has not been maintained very diligently, so I have been checking all the various things that might need maintenance. Here’s one. I don’t think that fresh air filter has been changed ever… I put in a new one.
And just so I don’t run out of things to do I got a full set of Powerflex poly bushes from MapTun Finland.
The 9-3 is a pretty nice car to drive (especially with the Stage1 E85 conversion), but the stock suspension leaves a lot to desire. The bushes are the first remedy, but come the spring I will need to look into throwing in a lowering kit and decent shock absorbers. Probably the MapTun kit with Bilstein shocks.
During the past two weeks and last weekend I have done some basic maintenance stuff on the 9-3t I bought a while back. As I plan to keep the car for a few years I decided to fix a few issues – namely the brakes (squeaking), timing chain (rattling), and a little rust on the floor pan. It was also convenient to put in a new water pump and drive belt since most of the engine was going to come a part anyway.
The next order of business will be a stage 1 Biopower software. I’m also going to put in some new poly bushes at front. Should be fun to drive after that.
Oh. And say goodbye to the 900. I parted it out and many of the somewhat rare accessories and parts now live on in other Saabs.
My old warhorse the 900i 1988 finaly gave up at 430 000 kilometers. Well, actually the engine is still good but the gearbox started to whine. So I decided to sell it off for spares and buy a new daily driver.
So after juggling a bit between an Audi A6 and a Saab 9-3 I went and bought a 2001 Saab 9-3t. Let’s hope it turns out to be as problem free as the 900 was!