Saab 9-3 II - III and the rust

The topic of rust is on the 9-3 II - III on any agenda. The cars are still too young and still too much in everyday life. Neither owners nor Saab workshops are thinking about the future. Still, because the topic comes sooner or later on the table, at the latest when you feel the desire to continue driving a Saab.

Saab 9-3 III. Is rust an issue?
Saab 9-3 III. Is rust an issue?

Our 9-3 III was first approved for road traffic just prior to 7 years ago. And because at Saab, during the short Spyker era, the 9-3 was given no additional protection at the Saab Zentrum Bamberg. Since then, he has been moved throughout the year in everyday life, without any limit. The winter and the salt have left their mark.

During a large inspection in the spring, rust deposits were found on the subsoil. Not relevant for the TÜV and not for immediate action. But topic - and a fundamental decision. Continue driving for a few years to let the rust just rust. Or react?

According to the motto that precaution is always better than welding, the decision was made to rust cure. Of particular interest was the question of what is hidden under the wheel arches? Rust, or best, naked Swedish steel?

Unfortunately, the answer was sobering. Even a modern Saab rusts, just like other cars do. The wheel arches spread a deceptive safety, and after dismantling found on all wheel arches approaches of rust. Also at the reception of the shock absorbers. In all cases so that you could have continued for several years. But in 3, or 4 years, it might have come to a first Durchrostung. On all fenders and on the recordings of the shock absorbers. Why is that? The paint is thin, the wheel arches rub against the bodywork. Dirt and moisture penetrate - and do their work. Certainly slow, but continuous.

Rust: Provision is cheaper than welding.

Is the Saab 9-3 a roster? Is not he. With average care would have noticed nothing without the dismantling of the wheel wells. The Saab could possibly be moved 10 or 15 years without anything happening. But sooner or later there would have been a major refurbishment or disposal due to total economic damage.

In Bamberg the underbody of the 9-3 was sanded off, applied primer with rust and corrosion protection and everything was resealed. A time-consuming operation that took several days. In the end, the rust protection was better than ex works, the body prepared for several more years. Together with the other work, wishbones with side rails, heated seats and air conditioning was finally an 4-digit amount on the bill. Is this expensive?

Is not it. If one compares the effort for a really good, profound rust prevention with the possible costs for a reorganization with Durchrostung, then precaution is in any case more favorable than welding. Prophylaxis is advised. It does not matter if it's just a station wagon or maybe a rare Turbo X or Cabriolet.

14 thoughts too "Saab 9-3 II - III and the rust"

  • Hello Tom!
    The text gives mM what it says. In November, the TÜV is due at my Cab Mj07,
    (R. Muckelbauer) Since you will already look carefully. What is to be done is done. Finished!
    Love my Car ...

    • Muckelbauer is a really good address, I'm probably back in BA in the last week of October.

  • An 9-3 is (I think) quite harmless as far as the rust is concerned. Tom`s report strengthens my opinion, we continue ours until it is no longer possible.

  • Since I'll take a close look at my 9-5 station wagon, because I definitely want to get it. Unfortunately, the statement "four-digit range" says nothing. That's between a big inspection and the value of the whole car ...
    Let's see what my workshop says!

  • Our 9-3 convertible has recently received a complete cavity seal and underbody preservation, the friendly Mr. von der Dekra was thrilled. Without defects, the Saab got the badge and after 16 years, provision is worthwhile in any case

  • Again, a very interesting article, the state of my car something synonymous (fender, hood and a door, fortunately, all replacement parts). Unfortunately, it is far too far to Bamberg, but maybe there is someone here who does it with great care and dedication. At the upcoming review in a month, I will address this time. On the other hand, I ask myself, how sensible it is, with a diesel in today's "diesel stupefying time" costly foresight to operate, if you soon probably anyway not go anywhere with it. A pity to the beautiful 9³ ☹

  • Nice that younger 9³ are no roster.

    And good to know that it is best to look under the wheel arches. Is true for my chrome glasses, yes, probably just like that ...

    • Our former chrome goggles have long been unremarkable, but looking back is well worth it.

  • then our 9-3s should also be reviewed.

  • This probably means that you can not see the first signs without dismantling plastic parts. So save already for the big rust inspection.

    • Correct, dismantling and lift are required. But it's worth it!

      • Car magazines in Sweden are full of full-page ads for private garages. As lifting cranes for expansion and revision of engines and full-level lifts are offered along with several other tools for amazingly small money ...

        Sweden is probably THE country in Europe (or even the world) that has by far the most barns and lifts on each car?

        Sometimes one wishes, one would have the same conditions. A big country, a lot of road, few inhabitants and long winters, which you could spend with his cars on a warm stove in a cold barn.

        Some rust prevention and some repairs would (almost) do it by themselves ...

  • Will my 9-3 MY11 SC miss a treatment based on sheep's wool fat / lanolin. It will probably stink like in a stable, but then should also extend the life significantly.

    The offer here in Norway has been around for years, but demand has just picked up speed. Up here there are specialized workshops on fluid film. A major initial treatment costs well and gladly 400 Euro, post-treatment, so every 2 years, about 250 Euro.

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