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Saab 9-3, Sedan
#2999 of 3350 Re: I love my 9-3...if it would only stop breaking down. [eroberts]
Nov 27, 2006 (8:06 am)
I had the same problem with my 9-3 2003. However, after looking around and almost buying a Passat, I ended up with a 2006 9-3 Sportcombi. So far its been the most reliable Saab I've bought. Plus the extra room in the back is extremely useful. If you're looking at something as large as a minivan, then why not look at a 9-5? Its got a huge trunk?
Warren Brown seemed to like the Saturn Outlook as an minivan alternative, and I wouldn't be surprised if a Saab version turns up sooner or later.
#3000 of 3350 2007 9-3 AERO vs. 2007 2.0t
Nov 30, 2006 (1:07 am)
I have the opportunity to buy (lease) an AERO for $1500 more in drive off than a regular 2.0T. I am intereested in opinions of those of you who have sweated over that choice and how you arrived at your decision. I am thinking of handling performance as well as speed differences, perceived or real.
I only mention the cost differnce to give you an idea of what sort of financial sacrifice I would be making.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
#3001 of 3350 Re: 2007 9-3 AERO vs. 2007 2.0t [danb5]
Dec 01, 2006 (4:57 am)
The $1500 difference sounds good, but the V6 is built in Australia (the last time I checked.) The 2.0 is built in Germany (probably an Opel engine) and it has been in production for a while. I would trust a german built engine over one from Australia.
My 2005 9-3 Arc has the 2.0 which delivers plenty of power. My vote would be for the 2.0, unless you are interested in Aero options that are otherwise not available.
#3002 of 3350 Re: 2007 9-3 AERO vs. 2007 2.0t [danb5]
Dec 01, 2006 (5:41 am)
I just ended my lease on an 04 Arc which had the 2.0T engine. I considered an 07 9-3 Aero as a replacement and drove it. I have to say the Aero's motor is quite nice, smoother than the 2.0T and less turbo lag. It didn't feel that much more powerful to me however, but the saleman said it really comes alive at high speeds and we were fairly limited in our test drive due to conditions. My only real concern on the Aero is worse mileage, same size tank and after 3 years of great range I wasn't looking forward to that. I do not care for the metallic interior trim on all the Saab Aeros and wanted a bigger car so I went with a 9-5 2.3T 9-5 SC but I definitely would have taken the Aero over the 2.0T for so little more money. Unless you really aren't into music make sure you get the premium sound if you go with the 2.0T (standard on Aero). For a lease I don't think you need be concerned with engine durability issues based on origin so much.
#3003 of 3350 Re: 2007 9-3 AERO vs. 2007 2.0t [gormerod]
Dec 01, 2006 (7:32 am)
The 2.0 is built in Germany (probably an Opel engine) and it has been in production for a while. I would trust a german built engine over one from Australia.
IMHO, I wouldn't worry about the origin of the engine. The Japanese mills and robots building the engine really don't know where they're working.
#3004 of 3350 Look at this new 9-3 - WOW
Dec 01, 2006 (10:35 pm)
Look like Saab is coming out with best line-up ever, if successful GM will be on the road to recovery
9-3 vs 3series
9-5 vs 5series
9-9 vs 7series
9-3 Sedan - Born from Jets, founded by 16 aircraft engineers is really true with this A-pillarless, smooth roofline aerodynamic design
9-3 Convertible - WOW - the legend continues
#3005 of 3350 Re: Look at this new 9-3 - WOW [autoedu]
Dec 02, 2006 (6:27 am)
The 9-3 convertible looks awesome! The sedan is mostly nice too, but the roofline seems a little odd at first glance. Definite Aero X showcar influence, but I thought that roofline was odd as well. I like the blacked out pillars.
The 9-5 sedan is generally nice, but the styling at the trailing edge of the rear doors could be handled better. I really hope Saab gets the 9-5 and 9-3 right before devoting resources to the 9-6, 9-9, etc. I was glad AWD was mentioned as being in the future, it's badly needed to be competitive. Great post, thanks.
#3006 of 3350 but are they real pictures?
Dec 02, 2006 (6:38 am)
They look like something that some artists knocked up to try and imagine what the next 9-3 will look like. The 9-3 is suppose to get a face lift next year. I'm not sure the current platform can receive the upgrades stated in the picture.
#3008 of 3350 Saab 9-3 2003 Arc front spoiler
Dec 23, 2006 (6:21 am)
Does anybody know where I can get a front spoiler. It is the piece below the front fog light. The dealer claims that I would have to replace the whole part. Is it easy to do? the dealer ask for over $200 for the part $125 to paint it in black and that excluded the labor which is $97 an hour.
This is a lease car and my lease is up in August. I would go with a used part if I can get one.