Paperwork pending but I’m no longer a proud Saab owner. I sold my 2001 9-3 to my trusty mechanic, so I know it is in good hands. I’m gonna miss her but at the same time it was time to let her go. Good memories, lots of fun and lots of things learned these past four years.
If I decide to get another second car I’m sure it wont be as fun but certainly will be easier to maintain.
Anyways, farewell “Tigress” …
Last night I performed the maintenance on my 2013 Versa. I didn’t take it to the dealer for the first time in its 5+ years. According to the schedule I was supposed to take it for an oil change next month. Also since I don’t drive it that much the scheduled work corresponds to 90000 km though it only has less than 80000 km.
Oil pan bolt was a pain to remove but nothing some penetrating oil and a little force couldn’t fix. The Oil filter was the real pain to remove, even with the screwdriver trick, it wasn’t until I found a better leverage point from the top of the engine that it budged.
Items used for this work:
- Valvoline Synpower 5w-30 full synthetic oil
- Bosch 3300 Premium oil filter
And that’s the thing I like the most about doing it myself, I know for sure what’s going in there.
The parts arrived, this is how the left turn signal looks now
Compared to before:
Also got a new engine oil dipstick, and as I suspected the new one is a bit longer:
Also, finally got around replacing the fuel filter, it was easier than I thought, this is the right part in case you’re interested https://amzn.to/2tIuuvt
The 17 mm banjo bolt came out with some effort, but for the 19 mm I had to use penetrating oil and let it sit for a few minutes, then still had to fight it a little bit. The clamp is held in place by a T25 screw and the plastic cover by two 10 mm nuts.
More stuff done at the shops:
- New tires. Went with Coopers 185/65/15 CS1
- All 8 Brake pads replaced
- All four rotors resurfaced (ooh shiny)
Pending to do myself
- Fuel filter replacement
- PCV Valve
Recently (April 4th) I did something I wanted to do for a long time, and that was buy another car. I saw her at the company parking lot and I guess it was love at first sight. I looked for the owner, inquired about the car, did a test drive and placed an offer. Well, that’s not how the story ended. After that I decided to explore the Facebook marketplace and looked at other cars. I test drove a 79 Malibu and a 79 Fairmont, they din’t convinced me or I was convinced of how much of a death trap (for others) that kind of cars could be. At the time the Saab owner sent a message telling me he was willing to go a bit lower on the price, so I went with the Saab.
Here’s a picture of her:
I’m really enjoying working on her, so far this is what I’ve done:
- Oil and filter change
- Sparkplugs change
- Hood strut
- Trunk lifts
- Coolant hose (URO Part # 9178849)
- Air Filter (Mann C31122)
- Airbox, MAF, intake hose cleaning
- Fixed parasitic current draw by removing the stock HU
- Head unit and speakers replacement (used this VW harness Metra 70-1784)
Work performed at the local shop
Pending work to do:
- Fuel filter
- Brake pads
- PCV valve