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    Suspension bushes

    My 2003 SS is suffering from some knocks and grinding noises (kind of) when the car hits rough bumps in the road. Small bumps that don't affect the suspension much, do not cause any knocks or grinding noises, its only the bumps which cause a fair amount of movement in the suspension.

    Anyone suffer something similar?

    I would ideally, like to replace these bushes, but i don't seem to be able to find any of those for the 9-3ss

    Would appreciate if you guys can help with some info.

    Thx

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    Mark Niskanen
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    I'm getting the same thing. I think some of this is a "normal" 9-3 thing. I've had mine about 4 years and always had the grinding noise when going over speedbumps, especially when it's cold out. I'm getting more clunks now and am going to take the car in today to see what the mechanic has to say (it's way to cold for me to crawl up under there). I'll let you know what I find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niskanem View Post
    I'm getting the same thing. I think some of this is a "normal" 9-3 thing. I've had mine about 4 years and always had the grinding noise when going over speedbumps, especially when it's cold out. I'm getting more clunks now and am going to take the car in today to see what the mechanic has to say (it's way to cold for me to crawl up under there). I'll let you know what I find out.
    Thanks in advance.
    Yes, please enlighten me if you find out anything.

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    Mark Niskanen
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    Sorry, I forgot about this post...

    So I took the 9-3 in and they found that one of the front coil springs had broken. Bummer for me because I have 132k on that car and they are replacing them under a recall up to 120k. At any rate they replaced both front springs and the car sounds/steers 200% better. There is still the creak over speed bumps but that has been there for the last 4 years.

    Ever figure out anything on yours?

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    my case is otherwise,

    the main culprit are the 2 rear bumper damper.
    Got it fixed and the car is so smooth when on rough road!

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    The creak/crunch over bumps is most likely your sway bar bushings that are worn out. Apparently, the design (which could include the sway bar itself) of the bushings was changed in MY 2007+

    This was mentioned by a Saab tech. I cannot confirm this, even though I would love to somehow have a poll for 2007+ owners to see if this issue has somewhat been resolved.

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    Todd
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    I have new sway bar bushings on order. Mine have become very squeaky and crunchy. I look forward to some new quiet ones.
    2006 Saab 9-3 Aero | VTuner Stage 0 | Open Intake | 320hp | 400tq

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    well, I must agree that there are still minor creak sound.

    I will revisit to address this once I restored my exterior damage

 

 

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