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#2794 of 3350 Warranty expiring, must sell
Oct 03, 2005 (5:53 pm)
I used this board quite a bit a few years ago before I bought my 2001 9-3 (bought certified used with extended warranty). My 2001 9-3's warranty is expiring at xmas, so gotta sell -- and thought I would tell y'all about the great Saab warranties and service. Warranty was great: covered 2 DI cassettes, 2 turbos, one computer display, one broken AC knob, one new sunroof (replaced the whole thing to rectify weatherstripping that peeled), some kind of loose exhaust manifold, one alternator, one oil drip (I think this was an oil pump replacement), and a lot of days in loaner cars. I highly recommend that you own a Saab under warranty, the service departments are great. The loaners were a blast. Get to know your service rep by name so you can get a Saab loaner rather than being put into an econo rental -- flirt a little! I only recommend you own past warranty if you are independantly wealthy!
#2795 of 3350 2006 9-3 seats
Oct 03, 2005 (8:29 pm)
How do those who have the current model 9-3 like the front seats? I bought the Chevy Malibu version of the car and the seat is giving me lower back pain due to the lousy bottom cushion and lower back cushion, but I see that the Saab seats is somewhat different, so am thinking of changing to the Saab foam and cover (I know it would not be cheap, but it would be way cheaper than replacing the Malibu).
#2796 of 3350 Re: 2006 9-3 seats [fsmmcsi]
Oct 06, 2005 (8:47 am)
Chevy Malibu version of the 9-3??????.The only similarities between a Malibu and the 9-3 are platform.So....someone buying a Camry sedan just bought the Toyota version of the Lexus RX330 S.U.V.? Anyway..... Saab seats have long been the standard by which the industry is judged,incredibly comfortable and supportive for both short and long term driving.As to compatibility in any other interiors you start getting into federal safety standards and may have to pursue this through a licensed handicap conversion outlet to make sure any changes are in compliance with federal safety standards regarding seating
#2797 of 3350 Shared platform
Oct 06, 2005 (1:34 pm)
I think some people were confused of the shared platform. Yes, 9-3SS shared the same platform with Malibu and G6 but they are quiet different. It is not liked Camry/ES330 or Passat/A4. Those are more aliked (they look aliked too).
9-3SS has much more superior engine management system, suspension, interior, and it was made in Swedan. There were certain things didn't get carried over to other GM vehicles.
9-3 has comfortable but I think the old 9-3 hatchback has much more comfortable seats than 9-3SS (thanks GM !! Look what you did to 9-3 !).
#2798 of 3350 Re: Shared platform [r34]
Oct 06, 2005 (2:02 pm)
In some way the new 9-3 was a step backwards.
The interior is not as roomy or as comfortable, and the interior is definitely lower quality.
Quite a bit of "practicality" has been lost, some from loss of hatchback, but not just that.
The old turbo engine had more "kick"
On the other hand, the new car handles a lot better, and the lack of turbo lag makes the car a lot more tractable in normal driving conditions.
#2799 of 3350 Why does Saab discriminate against low-mileage owners?
Oct 07, 2005 (5:00 pm)
My 2002-SE with 30,000 miles has been remarkably free of problems, and the lease was due to expire in January 2006. I have now paid off the outstanding lease and have purchased the car.
A major Saab promotion was free service up to and including the 30,000 mile service, with a 36 month limit. But my lease was for 48 months, so I finished up paying over $500 at 46 months. What possible difference is there to Saab if the 30,000 mile service is performed after 46 months instead of 36? This is effectively discriminating against low-mileage owners.
Normally I would just have ignored the service and returned the unserviced vehicle in two months to Saab. My decision to purchase, however, made this service important, since I was also able to get a clean bill of health on the car's mechanical condition. Nevertheless, why not a free service for 30,000 miles when the service is within the lease period?
#2800 of 3350 Re: Shared platform [dhanley]
Oct 07, 2005 (5:10 pm)
Couldn't agree more. During the 30,000 mile service on my 2002 (see above post) I was loaned a 2005 9-3. I was astounded how cheap the interior appeared (and my loaner had leather heated seats, so it wasn't your base 9-3). Controls seemed less substantial. There is no elegant wood trim on the dash. Tire noise remains unacceptable. It was peppier from traffic lights (it was an automatic; my 2002 is stick shift) but sluggish at higher highway speeds. Contrary to DHanley, however, I found the steering imprecise -- though lower effort than the 2002.
One big advantage of my brief experience with a 2005 -- it confirmed in spades that I made a great decision in sticking with my 2002.
Oct 07, 2005 (6:59 pm)
I didn't say the steering was better-but handling. Take a corner too fast on the old and new 9-3 and the new 9-3--the SS is much better at this.
#2802 of 3350 Old 9-3 vs 9-3SS
Oct 07, 2005 (9:23 pm)
The old 9-3 has much better seats (better leather & more comfortable). The side backup lights are good. The road feel is stronger (maybe just to me), The hatchback is more useful and unique. However, the body roll is quiet serious and it has more rattle noise.
Yes, 9-3SS has better handling and "more up-to-date" but I cannot stand the vinyl-like leather seats, non-hydraulic trunk handle,.
I test drove both but I ended up with a certified 9-3 hatchback because it is more liked a Saab and the hatchback is more useful and unique.
#2803 of 3350 window seals and regulators
Oct 11, 2005 (11:26 am)
I have a 03 93 and have had problems with weather seals around the windows. The window actually got stuck because of the weather seal and ultimately broke the window regulator which cost $960.00 to repair. My car is less than 3 years old , but because mileage was over 50,000, Saab says it's not their problem. (Obviously, one of the quirks about Saabs is that the more miles a day you put on the engine, the more it affects your power windows.)
Customer service has been rude at best. I enjoy driving my car,(soon to be someone else's though) but with so many choices I figure it's time to move on. Anyone else having these issues-- if not look out. The service dealer says he has seen this same window issue multiple times. Also, any advice for dealing with customer servce would be helpful.