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Saab 9-3, Coupe, Convertible
#472 of 533 I'm very, very happy with my 9-3
Jul 04, 2002 (5:48 pm)
This is a '99; the car that in 2001, finished tied with a Lexus and two other Japanese cars for TOP SPOT - no faults found - in Which?, the UK consumers association periodical.
I you don't believe me, try a search: 'How reliable is your new car?" at the BBC
I have 78k km on this car and am enjoying every minute of it. The car has cachet because you don't run into many of them. The dealer says they are noticing a dip up in resale because the car is now a GM car (read parts availability) and because the car has earned its repuation for rock sold reliability.
So if you don't want a car everybody else already has, and the Saab fits your needs, you'd be wise to at least try one. It's as comfortable at the ski hill or the beach as it is going to the opera and studies show, people think they're more expensive than they really are.
I plan on keeping this car for a very long time. They are able to be mod-ed 'chipped' for a tremendous performance boosts. To research this aspect of Saab, try the performance tuning links at Wigwam Saab of Rhode Island.
#473 of 533 New to it...
Jul 07, 2002 (9:06 pm)
Just got a '02 9-3 Convertible SE. Fell in love with it while test-driving the Merc and BMW convertible offerings, too. Quirkier, but very endearing. And you don't see as many around. Hope the reliability is as good as the reputation.
Anyone know how to take off the auto-gear-shift? I rodered the exchange part, and wonder if I *have* to take it to the dealer for such a minor change...
#474 of 533 New Saab 2001 9-3's?
Jul 14, 2002 (5:47 pm)
I stopped by the Saab dealer in my area today (Kansas City) and he had what appeared to be 3 brand new 2001 9-3's on his lot. I couldn't get an odometer reading, but the cars still had their original factory stickers on the windows. Tires looked brand new, so I assumed these are brand new cars. Can this be correct? Aren't the 2003's due out in 3 months or so? All 3 had same options - AT, heated seats, and moonroof. Two were silver and one black. Black had MSRP of 30,370 and silvers were 30,820. The dealer had signs in the cars listing selling price at 23,101 for black and 23,421 for silver. I have to assume the full warranty is still in place, but perhaps not?
Have any of you seen new 2001's in your area, and if so, what kind of price was being asked. I'm not sure what to make of his asking price. Any thoughts or comments are appreciated. Thanks
#475 of 533 New Saab 2001 9-3's
Jul 19, 2002 (11:13 am)
I saw the same thing over here in the SF Bay Area...brand new unsold 2001's. Shows that dealers have to mark these cars down to get them to move. And even then they can't (or won't) do it. Not sure what they're waiting for. When the 2003's come out these old models are gonna be even more undesirable. I guess they're gonna hold onto them until they become collector's items and maybe then they can get their price.
If it's a new car, the full warranty would be in effect.
Jul 19, 2002 (3:49 pm)
I would expect that, once you express your real interest, they'd be willing to come down quite a bit on the 2001s to get them moving, and get a better deal than on a 2002. Note that the new 2003 9-3 will not include a 2 door hatch or convertible... I find that a bit odd, since the 9-3 and 9-5 don't seem that far away from each other in pricing to justify the focus on two different 4-door sedan platforms...
#477 of 533 No incentive money left....
Jul 19, 2002 (8:11 pm)
The 2001's have no incentives left, therefore the dealer is having to suck up all of the cost of selling the car. My local dealer has 4 9-3's left and he is slashing the price on them. Prices I have never seen, because incentives are gone at the end of the month on 9-3 line.
Jul 21, 2002 (6:25 pm)
In today's newspaper, I saw they were advertising $8k markdowns on 2001 Saab's around here.
Aug 04, 2002 (8:18 am)
I am shopping around for a used 2000-2001 Saab 9-3 2 door 5 speed and was wondering if anyone knew of any new 2001's that still might be leftover at a dealer. Any input or responses would be greatly appreciated.
#480 of 533 New owner and loving it
Aug 14, 2002 (12:54 pm)
I just bought a '99 Saab Convertible and I must say, I LOVE THIS CAR. (My previous car was a '95 Jetta that I had for almost 8 years.) The car had 29,000 miles on it; and cost 22K. I think it was a decent deal. If it wasn't, don't tell me -- I don't wanna know! I'm still getting used to all the leather and power-operated gadgets. Love driving with the top down!
have you decided about your car? I'm sure you can get more than 15K for it....OK maybe. Depends on where you're located and the condition of the car. Kelly Blue Book says 17,995 for a car like yours in excellent condition. Check out the site: www.kbb.com. Let us know what you decide.
#481 of 533 Performance upgrades
Aug 21, 2002 (1:18 pm)
Hello fellow Saabers. I love my 99 9-3 SE. For the money you can't beat a SAAB...especially a used one.
The reason for my post is that I would like to modify my SAAB with some upgrades namely a "chip". Does anyone have any direction as far as dealers or websites that I can check out. Also give me feedback of those who have added that component and let me know what you think. Thanks for your response and happy driving!