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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:50 pm 
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Need to replace the front shock absorbers on my Saab 95 Aero Estate registered Jun 2003.

I'm getting conflicting info regarding the correct fitment.Have seen Bilstein here at a weasonable price

https://www.neobrothers.co.uk/bilstein- ... 3857-p.asp

but have seen elsewhere that thois is only suitable for 2006 onwards

Could anyone tell me the correct part number

Thanks in advance


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:18 pm 
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As far as I'm aware, there was no change in suspension between 2002 and the end of production. The earlier cars had different spacing on the bolt fixing to the hub. Neo's say 2001- and it will be OK for late 2001 production, but that will actually be model year 2002 for cars made from Sept 2001 onward.

I have the upgraded Hirsch suspension on my 2007 car and the bits that i took off were sold on for use on a 2003 car.

What's wrong with the front shock absorbers? It's usually the rear shocks that are knackered on a 9-5, long before anything else.

Bilstein B4 are replacement for a standard shock absorber. You could try other makes that make standard replacements. My experience is that almost any new shock absorber will be a huge improvement over a worn set. HAve a look at Monroe shock absorbers. They are OK too.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:25 pm 
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Thanks for the reply and the info

I did find some details on spring codes on the plate under vin no and this suggested mine has sports springs 12760163 whereas the Neo ones are 161 - don't know if this is significant

Problem is the lower spring plate on the nearside. It's worsened since this picture was taken last week and the plate is now rubbing on the tyre. As far as I know these can't be replaced?

In any event car has done 165K so shocks could probably do with replacement but aren't actually terrible.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:45 pm 
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That looks bad!! :o

But you will be surprised at how much better new shaock absorbers make the car feel, if the originals are at 160,000 miles.

The Neo Bilsteins are an OK price, but it would also be worth getting a price for these (or similar) from Martin at www.jamsaab.co.uk (not an online shop) but he's often cheaper. He may have some alternatives to recommend as well.

Don't forget to change the drop links at the same time. Most of us use the Meyle heavy duty ones.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:50 pm 
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Thanks will do and luckily jamsaab isn't too far from me


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:10 am 
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As a fallback option you can also get Sachs shocks at reasonable prices here: http://autopartstechnik.co.uk/

Sachs have an electronic online catalogue/ parts finder to get the correct part number.

https://aftermarket.zf.com/go/en/sachs/catalogs/

IIRC Saab shocks were rebadged Sachs ones.

I can also confirm that new shocks on a 120k miler made a huge difference to ride quality and handling, I also fitted a set of eibach springs whilst everything was off.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:31 pm 
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morzov,

Looking at your photo, the state of the strut is much more important than the shocker. You need to get a replacement - NOW. I'd stop driving it. As numerous posts have suggested, don't bother with fancy ones, Sachs / Monroes will be a huge improvement.

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That's shockingly bad

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:12 am 
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Thanks for the further replies and suggestions.

Fortunately I spotted it when I jacked up the car to remove front wheel. But it had passed an MOT last Oct before I bought it and its not been used much since.

Don't worry I'm not driving it!


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niven wrote:
That's shockingly bad

Just like your pun... :wink:

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