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Saab 9-3, Coupe, Convertible
#485 of 533 Saying goodbye to my Saab
Sep 24, 2002 (9:52 am)
In another 2+ months I will bid my beloved 2000 Saab 9-3 Base model farewell. I got a call from Saab saying that they would call me in the next 2 weeks to schedule an appointment to come and look at the car for lease end inspection purposes. This car has provided 3 years (close to it) and almost 36,000 miles of reliability and fun.
The car was brought to the dealer twice for unscheduled maintenance, but my problems happened to coincide with scheduled service intervals.
At 500 miles I noticed a squeak in the FR suspension. I brought the car in for the free 1000 mile service and the problem was diagnosed as a bad strut and was replaced at no cost to me.
5,000 mile service was performed
10,000 mile service was performed
At around 18,000 miles I was swallowed up by a pothole while swerving to avoid a taxicab. The RF suspension was making all sorts of strange banging noises. I brought the car in and the problem was diagnosed as a cracked strut and busted thrust bearing as well as a bent rim. While the suspension was being repaired, I had the 20,000 mile service performed. The dealer covered the suspension pieces & their labor under warranty. I had to eat the cost of a new wheel and the 20,000 mile service.
30,000 mile service performed.
There are so many things I like about the Saab and I would reccomend it to others. I love the Turbo 4 engine, the heavy european steering, the taut suspension (yes, even in the base model), the versatility of the hatchback, the thick leather, the comfortable seats, the thick leather, the thick paint and sheet metal... I could go on for a while.
I do have a few questions for those of you who have returned their cars that they leased from Saab Credit.
Somehow, I must have had a rock hit my front left fog lamp on the highway. The light still works, but some pieces of the lens broke off. The glass is super-thick BTW. Can I replace this part myself?
My rear bumper is pretty dinged up from parking on the street here in NYC. I'm pretty sure I'm going to get charged for that, but I'm not sure.
My Saab's replacement was purchased about 5 months ago. I found one of the last remaining 2001 Honda Prelude Type SHs in the country. Hopefully there will be another Saab in my future. I'd consider the 9-5 Aero wagon if the time ever comes.
Nov 21, 2002 (8:25 pm)
Does anyone know how many yellow viggens were sold in the US? I had a Saab salesperson tell me he had 1 of 3 in the country and I just find that hard to believe!
Nov 22, 2002 (4:11 pm)
I can't imagine a salesman lying about something like that! : )
#488 of 533 Are there any NEW Saab 93 2002 4 dr hatchbacks left?
Feb 22, 2003 (9:57 pm)
I would like to get one. my 2000 93 just got totalled by a maniac. Any idea where i might be able to get one of those unsold 2002/2001 934 dr hatchbacks?
#489 of 533 Good cleaner for dash?
Feb 22, 2003 (10:12 pm)
Has anyone found a particular cleaner to work well against the slightly textured plastic on the front of the instrument panel and console (same stuff on the knobs, too)? Preferrably one that leaves it looking the way it started, without adding a fake sheen.
Feb 24, 2003 (5:06 pm)
303 Aerospace Protectant--for vinyl and rubber. You can buy it over the internet, also they have a list of retailers on the page. Their carpet cleaner is also very good.
Another product I like is Pinnacle Vinyl and Rubber Protectant. Available from internet retailers. Do a web search.
Plexus is good for clear plastic (instrument panels, etc.) Meguairs also has products for clear plastic.
#491 of 533 Buying a 1999 Saab 9-3. Any advice?
Mar 22, 2003 (12:21 am)
I am in the process of buying a 1999 Saab 9-3 SE 4 door hatch back.
Anyone have advice of what to look out for mechanically and otherwise?
I remember in the 80's everyone talked about problems with turbo's and "Coking". Is this still an issue or has the problem been resolved?
Any advice for turbo owners?
Anyone who owns this car care to reply with likes/dislikes, etc?
I value all feedback. Thank you in advance and have a great day!
May 20, 2003 (2:50 pm)
I had just read in the Friday business section of my local newspaper that GM is trying real hard to boast sales. GM had given all of there employees 2 coupons that they can give out that would allow them to receive the s plan discount. Has anybody used the s plan to purchase a Saab and do you really get a good deal by using it. Secondly, if any GM employee would like to give one out I would be happy to take it off of your hands.
#493 of 533 Saab a performace car
Jul 17, 2003 (5:29 pm)
turbocharged.. For what?... Is there any upgrade.. for Saab.. I hardly hear anything on this Co. What a shame.. a turbocharged stock only...
#494 of 533 selling my 01 9-3 SE
Aug 03, 2003 (7:48 am)
I'm thinking of trading in my 01 9-3 SE. I have approx 82k on it. The other day I went to a BWM dealer to find out how much they're willing to pay for my car if I trade it in and much to my surprise they said 7K! Are they out of their mind? They said Saabs are not too popular in the MD area. I told them that the trade in value should be between 12-13K and their response was that books don't sell cars.
Now, my car looks brand new. My question is has anyone had the same experience? Also, how can I get the best value for my car? I really don't want to go through the trouble of placing an ad in the local paper. Any help would be appreciated.