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    Default Anyone with experience of the Saab 9-3?

    Just a quick question... Just test drove a 2007 Saab 9-3 TID 6spd manual, 50k miles etc... and I had real problems finding 1st and 2nd gear.

    Now the dealer (Non-Saab) assured me that this problem was due to the Saab designing the car with a slightly angled off center gearbox, a safety feature in an impact? Is this absolute turd or true? I cant seem to find anything in google LOL. I thought it had the same F40 as the Vectra etc?

    Also, has anyone ever tried the Night Panel button? Seriously... WTF??! LOL

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    It's the same gearbox - you wouldn't believe the salesman's story about the box if it was a Vectra, so don't believe it about the 9-3. It might just need the selector rods realigning, but it's certainly not a standard trait of that box.

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    Vauxhall issued a remedy for this issue with the change from 1st to 2nd...

    Drain the gearbox oil and fill with 2.4 litres of oil and not the 3.2 from the factory

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntSSSS View Post
    Vauxhall issued a remedy for this issue with the change from 1st to 2nd...

    Drain the gearbox oil and fill with 2.4 litres of oil and not the 3.2 from the factory
    That's for a crunching noise, not difficulty finding the gears though, and a 2007 car should/would have the correct amount of oil put in at the factory anyway

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    Signum 2004...,Vectra-C 2004... Z20NET| Z19DT| Z19DTH| Y30DT| Z30DT,Z20NET| Z19DT| Z19DTH| Y30DT| Z30DT
    Complaint: Hard 1-2 shifting when transmission is cold, 2-3 shift when transmission warm.
    Cause: Design related.
    Production: The reduced oil level was introduced in production starting 08.05.07 with the following VIN:W0L0ZCF4871102355.

    Remedy:
    In case of customer complaint reduce oil volume from 3,2 to 2,4 liter.

    Note: If the shifting behaviour will remain unchanged we do not
    recommend a transmission replacement because the problem might reoccur
    since there were no relevant design changes since
    transmission-No: R05020418 (March 2005).

    Could be close to the date

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    Just sold a saab 9-3 55 plate, the car was tuff to get it into 1st and 2nd, and had a few injector problems that the new owner informs me 800 pound later still arnt resolved! And the night panel! Lol, just not needed!! Waste of a button! Lol

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    Has it had a dmf or clutch fitted?

    I had a similar problem with 1st and reverse on my old dti after fitting a clutch. It was the linkages needing re-aligned due to being shifted about.

    Wouldn't take the risk on a car that has that problem just incase it's something more serious

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