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#3123 of 3342 Bought a 2007 9-3
Jul 08, 2007 (5:52 pm)
Previously owned a 2001 9-3 and it was reliable and economical, but unimpressive. The 2007 is a step up in quality, handling and features.
The new 9-3 was flawless from the factory because of Saab's predelivery inspection protocol (PDI). The car has run without a hitch (5,000 business miles in a month and a half).
The assurance of GM's 5 year 100K drivetrain, 10 year unlimited corrosion, 4 year 50K bumper to bumper and roadside assistance took the risk out of owning a Saab.
The Saab was cheaper than a comparably equipped Accord and Camry when you added all the standard features the Saab came with to the others. The Camry was nice, though didn't appear to have the quality when they came from Japan. The Honda ride was poor. Who wants the same car a gozillion other people have anyway?
#3124 of 3342 Re: 2006 Saab 93 problems [froade]
Jul 08, 2007 (5:54 pm)
If your brakes go to the floor it's usually the master cylinder or air in the brake lines. If your brake pads were that worn you would hear metal on metal every time you hit the brakes. Ask your dealer to change the brake fluid in your system. Who knows maybe the fluid has been contaminated? If the brake fluid change does not work then next would be to check the master cylinder. Next would be the electronics that control the anti-lock brakes. This problem can be fixed. The dealer can't replicate problem is a "trick" for not having to do all the diagnostics under warranty.
#3125 of 3342 Bought a 2001 9-3
Jul 09, 2007 (1:54 pm)
I just recently bought a used 2001 9-3. Thus far I am happy with it as I was considering a Vw rabbit or a honda civic as a commuter car. I have about 139300 km on the car.
I was wondering if any 2001 owners have a maintanence schedule link or something as I have do not have one. it a little late for it but I'd appreciate comments from previous owners of the 2001 9-3. Thanks
#3126 of 3342 Re: Bought a 2001 9-3 [canadaguy]
Jul 10, 2007 (8:30 am)
My insurance company (Progressive) provides a service schedule for both my cars on their website, derived from Edmunds. Try www.edmunds.com, then Tips and Advice, then Maintenance Guide. Plug in your car details, and you will have very detailed schedules and charges. The beauty of this is that you can eliminate a whole swath of unnecessary checks, and just order the specific service items you really need.
Unfortunately the site is geared to American consumers. If in fact you are in Canada, the charges will not apply.
Jul 12, 2007 (12:52 pm)
Hi there. What are good replacement tires for a 9-3? I'm close to 35k miles on my Pirellis. They're cupped now unfortunatley. Even though I had rotations done every 5k, I think dealer never actually rotated them on every occasion, but that's another story. Does anyone have any good advice; should I go with Pirelli again or is there a comparable, more economic tire out there?
#3128 of 3342 06 9-3 w/30K miles, for $23K - is this a good deal
Jul 22, 2007 (6:00 pm)
Greetings from Seattle. I'm contemplating buying this car from Carter Saab/VW and wondering whether I should be leery of the high mileage on this car, considering it's only an 06. Otherwise, the car is beautiful, with almost all the bells and whistles (just no GPS). Any advice from you die-hard Saab fans/foes?
#3129 of 3342 Re: Tires [saab7802]
Jul 22, 2007 (6:18 pm)
I like Michelins. Go to tirerack.com and you can read plenty about tires. When I replace my OE tires I will go with a Michelin. Michelin now owns BF Goodrich and the Traction T/A's I had on my Pontiac were great, not sure if they have a tire that fits SAAB rims.
#3130 of 3342 Replacing OEM Tires
Jul 23, 2007 (8:15 pm)
I recently put Michelin Pilot Exaltos on my 9-3 and I am very pleased with their performance as well as the ride. They are noticeably quieter than OEM Pirellis too. I did buy them last month when Michelin had $60 rebate on 4 so I saved a little but they are slightly more than most other tires. Go to Tire Rack . com and read customer's ratings.
#3131 of 3342 Re: 2006 Saab 93 problems [froade]
Jul 28, 2007 (1:10 pm)
One of the challenges with boutique cars is chosing one with a good local dealership. Saab does not have a strong network in the U.S.
Around here one dealer has sold Saabs since the 50s, is family owned, and since the 70s has sold nothing but Saabs. They know the car, how to fix it the first time, and how to avoid problems.
The other dealership (50 miles away) sells Saab as a sideline, keeps only one mechanic, and in fact has recently dropped Saab althogether. The fanchiase previously belonged to another domestic dealership that treated Saabs (and their customers) the same way (as odd ball 2nd class citizens). I'm too old to put up with any of that!