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Old 12-09-2017, 08:37 AM   #1
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Any Saab owners?

Thinking about picking up a FWD 9-3 as a daily driver /winter beater?
Never owned a sweede but creature comforts+turbo+safety must be good

Any reliability issues?
Pros? cons?
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:55 AM   #2
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i ran a 95 900 turbo coupe fastback for a few years. blew out the top of one of the strut mounts, had a coil pack fail which required replacement of all four, blew off a piece of the turbo. and loved it. loved it as much as my boxster. got a 190 in a 100 ticket outside of ottawa, got into races with vr6s, put a roof rack on it and took it ww kayaking on the ottawa river, drove it across canada a few times. put snows on it and ran it in the winter no problem.
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:31 AM   #3
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At some point in most years, I almost buy a Saab. So far it hasn't quite happened, so I can not give you any relevant advice. This video may help though:

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Old 12-09-2017, 11:18 AM   #4
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i ran a 95 900 turbo coupe fastback for a few years. blew out the top of one of the strut mounts, had a coil pack fail which required replacement of all four, blew off a piece of the turbo. and loved it. loved it as much as my boxster. got a 190 in a 100 ticket outside of ottawa, got into races with vr6s, put a roof rack on it and took it ww kayaking on the ottawa river, drove it across canada a few times. put snows on it and ran it in the winter no problem.
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Old 12-09-2017, 11:19 AM   #5
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At some point in most years, I almost buy a Saab. So far it hasn't quite happened, so I can not give you any relevant advice. This video may help though:
Reminds me of Seinfeld in the early 90s
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Old 12-20-2017, 07:20 PM   #6
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What year 9-3 are you looking at? The OG9-3's (pre-2003) and NG9-3's (post-2003) are very different. I've owned a '99 and currently own an '04 & '08 9-3 and know quite bit about them.
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It was a 2006 2.0t standard. I dragged my feet. Seller reposted his ad and bumped it to the top and it sold the same day
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I had a '99 9-3 for quite a few years. I think it had 10k on it when I bought it in 2000. It was a good car in its day....some small HVAC control issues and key remote problems. The issues are with parts availability and mechanics who know the car.
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I have a 2004 9-3 Linear with 125k. It does everything good. I paid 9k back in 2009. I've probably dropped another 4-5 into it. Still going good.
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I owned a 94 900S I bought new, wife hated the car. I loved it was fast, but had a couple minor issues. In the states couldnt find a decent mechaic for it. Took it to a car wash for a quick wash and the attendent broke the shift lock out, nver shifted the same even after the repair.
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Hi only saw this thread yesterday, so probably dead news. We have owned 3 SAABs over the passed 17 years. Mainly chosen because they a re very cheap here in Australia.

The first one was a a 1994 900s manual 2.3, was a great car for long distances in Australia and had amazing luggage capacity, traded it at 170.000 kms on a low mileage 2004 2.0 ARC sedan, now have a 2009 2.8 V6 Turbo Aero. this car is at least as quick as our Boxster in a straight line and a slingshot when overtaking.

Parts are not a problem here and reliability has been good, biggest issue was cost of fitting a set of plugs and coil packs due to difficulty of accessing 3 plugs by the firewall.

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Old 03-19-2018, 05:27 PM   #12
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Thread is not dead. Although I had two opportunities in the same amount of years to buy two Saabís. Luck wasnít on my side. Itís still a relevant question. I do like them. If I could find one of the Saab 9-3x would be great but until someone gives it away. Iíll wait for the next project
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