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Aug 07, 2003 (12:42 pm)
The final price prior to the mfg. to dealer rebate was $33506. If you deduct the rebate ($3500) if came down to $30006.
In this situation the employee price would be
Employee Price $32,117.00 before the rebate.
employee discount is $1,712.00 off of the msrp
I am sure you realize that the less options you select the lower the price.
The beauty of this is that the dealer is required to show you the complete breakdown. This way there are no hidden charges.
I believe the only major difference between the Linear and the ARC is the engine. Also since I wanted dual automatic climate control and the infotainment radio I had opted to move up to the ARC.
I will say I had thought that my last car (1999 Buick regal) was a nice ride boy was I wrong. This car is a true pleasure to drive. Now I know why the commercial says "Most people that test drive a SAAB, buys a SAAB". In fact my mother (78 yrs. old) who really never gave a hoot about any of the cars they had owned told my father after I took her for a ride that she wants him to trade in their Pard Avenue and get the exact same car I have. To me that speaks volumnes about the car.
I truly wish you the best and I hope you are able to do it. If I can be of any more help just ask. Also not knowing what part or Maryland you live in the dealer I went through is located in Wilmington Delware.
#1887 of 3342 Saab 9-3 Linear Road trip
Aug 11, 2003 (6:40 pm)
Just completed a round trip from NJ to Maine (>1000 Miles) in my 2003 Linear. I took delivery of the vehicle last November and now have approx 9500 miles clocked. Equipped with 5 spd manual, I averaged between 34 and 36.1 MPG according to the computer, with 3 adults aboard and fully loaded with luggage. Cruise control was set at 75 mph for the highway, which was the majority of the trip.
The trip computer function that calculates estimated arrival time is amazingly accurate and came within 15 minutes on a 10 hour day! I can't say enough good things about the balance between performance and economy that this engine/vehicle delivers!
Aug 12, 2003 (11:31 pm)
We bought a loaded Linear back last November. Sounds like prices have really fallen with the incentives and you're all getting great deals. Those leases sound unbelievable. The irony is, we wish we'd waited and got an Arc at a better price, but if we had, we probably would not have bought one at all, since the wife's job situation is now less stable than before.
It's not a perfect car, but we like it the best of any car we've had, including two much more expensive BMW's.
Has anyone priced painted and installed spoilers at the Dealers?
Aug 13, 2003 (6:52 am)
Why do you say your Linear isn't the perfect car? What problems have you had? What don't you like about it? If my Volkswagen breaks down one more time, I might lease a Saab. I just don't want to make the mistake of purchasing another unreliable vehicle. Except for reliability issues, my VW golf is actually a great car in terms of handling, steering, pick-up, etc. How is the Linear in terms of handling? Thanks in advance for answering all these questions!
#1890 of 3342 Great trip for mooslook
Aug 13, 2003 (10:58 am)
Glad to hear that you and your family had one wonderful trip with great Saab. It's really good for long trip traveling as I thought. I feel it everytime I and my family took long trip. since last November we out 12,500 miles into our first Saab 9-3. We are very comfort with this car. Maybe it's only Linear not like Arc has more power. But we love it both exterior and interior look. I and my wife all love Vector's metal trim interior but not like the wood trim in Arc. So if we buying the car now. We might still choose Linear to have 16" wheel for everyday useage.
Check those previous review post. Do I need to feel lucky our Saab doesn't have those problems? I hope those are only part of problems for Saab. To me, Saab is very reliable car.
Aug 13, 2003 (1:53 pm)
Hey all, been a while since I frequented this board but I'm back to considering a 9-3 again. My heart still prefers a Cadillac CTS(especially with the 255 hp V6 in the 04s) but the only way I can afford one right now is an absolute base model. And I don't expect to see any really good deals on 04s for a while. So I'm back to thinking that a 9-3 Arc would probably satisfy me for 3 years(then maybe a CTS-V!). I remember when I psoted here last, there was talk of $2-3500 rebates on 9-3s depending on the model. Any such rebates or discounts still on? I should be able to get the car at GMS pricing(basically invoice) and am looking to do a 36 month/15K lease. Even with the 0% for 60 months, I really don't want to buy for 2 reasons. One, I don't have an overly large amount of cash to put down as I am at best, even on the value of my current car. Which leads me to point two, I wonder how Saab resale is. I'm not a "resale snob" the way some folks are, but the resale on my 01 Intrigue is truly pathetic. The car is in excellent condition and at best, I'll break even if I sell it. And the price of that car was HEAVILY discounted when I bought it. Anyway, I haven't been to a dealer in a while so I guess I need to go, but what I'm wanting is an Arc with automatic and heated seats. 36 month lease with 15K annually and no more than $1500 down. You guys think I can get a lease like that for around $399 a month?
Aug 13, 2003 (4:03 pm)
hard to say, the deal for a 299 a month on the linear is still out there, but by the time you go to arc and up the miles to 15k per year, you may be at 399.
Aug 14, 2003 (8:24 am)
I bought a Arc in May and I have been to my dealer once since (for the 30 day inspection). I complained to him about the rattle from both front doors (more the passenger door) and he claimed that he couldn't reproduce it so nothing was done about.
This is driving me crazy and I can't even drown it out with loud music because bass only makes the rattle worse!
Does anyone know a good solution for this?
Thanks and regards,
#1894 of 3342 mumbhai: Door Rattle
Aug 14, 2003 (7:12 pm)
I test drove 2 9-3 models. The Arc had an annoying rattle in the front passenger door. Then I drove the Vector, this was even more annoying, both front doors had that rattle noice. I tried to stop the rattle in the front driver door by pressing it with my hand but it didn't work. I was going to buy the Arc model that same day, but was very surprised of the noice(had check from peoplefirst for 35000 in my hand). Later I told the dealer about those noices in the car and he looked at me very surprised. He didn't pay much attention and said something like:"Sure we can get rid of those noices if we find them". I realized they were not paying much attention to my concern, and also realized that they were not going to do anything about it if I eventually made the purchase. So I decided to back-out from the deal. I think if they want to make money, they have to pay attention to the customers concern. I already had that bad experience from my Chevy Malibu. So I think, for now, I'm not going to buy GM. I had enough with my Chevy($3000 in repairs, but that's another story). Anyway, I just want to add that I also test drove the 9-5 Aero. No rattles and the car drived great. The only problem is that for this car, payments would be almost like a mortgage. I don't have so much money. So good bye Saab.
Aug 14, 2003 (9:25 pm)
About 3 weeks ago my wife and I test-drove a 9-3 Arc/17" for an extended period. This was the second time we had driven one. The first thing we noticed was a door rattle from both front doors. At the time I was disappointed and amused by the rattle, having read similar stories here. We told the dealer about it and he was truly uninterested in our concerns. Completely uninterested. To the point he was almost mocking us. He said all cars make noise. This is a brand new car, less than 40 miles on it. It should not be making any noise! Period. In any case, we went to another dealer (we wont go back to the first one!) and drove another arc (16" this time). No problems with that one. I’d really like this car. I think it handles great, for the money. But maybe the Forester XT will be more reliable (that car is rock solid imho, never have heard a sound out of it). Btw, the rebates are still there. $3000 for a linear, $3500 for the arc.