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#159 of 3342 Is a 9-3 reliable?
Aug 12, 2002 (7:29 am)
I am thinking to buy a 1999 9-3 turbo for my daily commute. I have been driving a 1992 Toyota Camry for the last ten years and have more than 201K on it. Though Camry is such a reliable car, I don't want to buy another Camry. Saab is my favor for my next car. Does 9-3 a reliable car? Is it expensive to keep?
Thanks in advance for any comments.
Aug 15, 2002 (10:08 am)
The Vector will be sharing the 210 hp engine with the Arc until 2004, when Saab is introducing the increased performance engine. In speaking to the Saab rep., it sounded like a high output version of the 9-3's 4 cyl. engine. Others that have been posting here and elsewhere believe it will be the 2.8l turbocharged V-6 that will be going into the 9-3X. Either way, a higher performance engine is around the corner.
#161 of 3342 Lamenting the loss of the hatchback
Aug 21, 2002 (12:01 pm)
When the '94 900/9-3 came out, I lamented the loss of the original generation's greater width, larger foot wells and what I opine to be much better looks. Now we've loss the versatility of the hatch - a Saab hallmark. Although my '87 Turbo [265K] has been relegated to very, very occasional "leave at the train station" duty, driving it never fails to put a smile on my face. Even with all of its systems practically terminal, it's still more fun to drive and more comfortable than anything on the market. I can't imagine the current line-up invoking similar allegiance 15 years from now.
#163 of 3342 I have to admit..
Aug 26, 2002 (5:18 am)
It's the first Saab I have ever really liked a lot. Others are ok, but this one is hot!
Sep 14, 2002 (4:56 pm)
WHEN DOES THE NEW 9-3 GO ON SALE??????
Sep 14, 2002 (5:33 pm)
Someone said October 1 over in Future Vehicles. I actually saw a bright red one on the tollway here in Chicago. Those in the know say it must be a GM car. I was pretty impressed. If this is the trend for the epsilon platform, GM is going to be rebuilding its name in mid-size cars.
Sep 14, 2002 (11:25 pm)
I saw the base model 9-3 comes with cowhide standard? Is this true?
Sep 15, 2002 (6:37 am)
Apparently so here in the US.
I did the build your own on the British site in August, and there was a cloth seat. Now that the build your own is up on the US site, there is no cloth option at all.
In fact, the car is so loaded that build your own is kind of boring. Pick your color, select the sports chassis, and you are done.
#168 of 3342 local dealer
Sep 16, 2002 (5:11 am)
Local dealer had one in for test drives 2 weeks ago, but I didn't have time that day. I did drive by and see it though and it looked pretty sweet.
I think the release date is early October, but there was no firm date given.