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Oil Requirements (from Saab)

It is important to understand that we do not recommend 10,000 mile oil changes here at Even though we are quite conservative we think that 5000 mile oil changes will prevent major engine issues. We simply think that the cost of oil is a good bit less than the risk associated with losing an engine.

All 2003 Saab models will come with an underhood label indicating "Recommended oils/Use Saab Genuine Oil/Mobil 1". It is important that the different requirements for each model is understood.

9-3 Sport Sedan Service Intervals/Requirements: Requires Full Synthetic oil which meets GM-LL-A-025 specification. A message on SID indicates to the owner when either service is required. The MAIN SERVICE interval is based entirely on mileage driven: 30,000; 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

INTERMEDIATE SERVICE is set by an algorithm that determines when service is required. Miles driven, crankshaft revolutions, number of starts/cold starts, ambient temperatures, speed and engine temperature are among the measurements used to compute the interval with the TIME FOR SERVICE message being set between 8,000 and a maximum of 15,000 miles.

It is important to note that this computation is based on the use of fully-synthetic oil which meets GM-LL-A-025 specification. This is a specification that is currently not commonly found in the US. The only oils that are readily available that meet this specification are Mobile 0W40 SuperSyn and Saab 0W30 Turbo Long-Life Fully Synthetic oil.

Saab Fully Synthetic Turbo oil is available under the following part numbers:
12799131 = 4 liter container
12799130 = 1 liter container

If an oil of lesser quality is used, the algorithm will be incorrect and severe engine problems may occur.

95, 93 Convertible Service Intervals/Requirements: Requires Semi-Synthetic oil which meets ACEA A3/B3, API SJ specification or higher.

Saab Semi Synthetic Turbo oil is available under the following part numbers:
02 86 609 = 1 liter container
02 86 617 = 4 litre container

Thanks to Sean Bahr for contributing to this FAQ!

There is another oil option available for 9-3 Sport models. Following the oil specifications listed here, the Amsoil full synthetic Signature, XL and OE oils all meet these requirements of GM-LL-A-025 and furthermore fulfill the needs of ACEA A3/B3, API SJ.

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