2014 - What have you had done to the car so far this year
Well, I thought I'd share how much I've spent on my BLS this year. It'll probably make one or two people gulp LOL!
Cambelt/waterpump/drive belt and full coolant change, plus an oil change - £340 inclusive of labour (all parts supplied by me, garage did the work), all Fiat/GM parts used.
Front suspension changed, new shocks, coils, top mounts and drop links - £360 (all parts sourced by me and I did the labour). For those that are interested, when I disassembled the front suspension struts, i.e. separated the coil springs from the shock absorbers, one of my shocks was not working correctly, i.e. when compressed, it wouldn't fully return to the extended state. The car has only done just over 30k, so that wasn't great. Car now fitted with Bilstein B4 shocks and genuine Saab 9-3 aero coil springs and the ride is excellent.
New aircon condenser, genuine GM, £145. Just had this fitted. Old unit absolutely trashed! Specialist aircon place vacuum and leak tested new unit, oiled and dye added and regassed for 50 quid. Now working topline and absolutely freezing! I've promised myself I'll get this serviced now at least every couple of years as it is something that is never looked at on a normal car service.
Custom made grille for the air scoop that feeds the aircon condenser - £160. This will stop my aircon condenser from being trashed again in the future.
New insulation foam for the engine (goes under the plastic engine cover). £57, genuine GM and damned hard to get hold of. Old insulation foam had gone hard and was falling apart.
So far then only four months into the year, just over £1100, but on the plus side all the work I've had done won't need doing again for several years and as I intend keeping the car for a very long time, I consider it money well spent.
If I hadn't sourced all of the parts myself and done some of the labour, I could easily have doubled the money I've so far spent. The one thing I have now learnt out of 4 years of ownership, is that mechanically, my car is actually very easy to maintain, even moreso now I know which bits from Saab, Vauxhall and Fiat I can use to keep it running.
I have just bought mine yesterday and already have the engine light n service message.....pd off is not the word! In 1 day mine is gonna cost £400 n that's without knowing wot wrk really needs doing so I think I'm gonna trump u haha
I really hoping its just simple n its not gonna coat anymore as I was told the 1.9 bls was a very reliable car?