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#3200 of 3342 Re: looking for my first Saab, need opinions please [floatsey09]
Feb 21, 2008 (6:18 pm)
I agree with you on the STI. Might be a fun car to drive on a track a few times a month, but not something to take to work every day.
The extended warranty, at least when i had a saab, was pretty good, but not quite as good as the original 4/50 warranty. I think a few items that will be fixed under the 4/50 were considered wear items under the 6/100. But it will cover most of the car-stopping problems.
27K for a '06 with low miles may be ok or may not depending on the options. I'm not up to date with options, but checking what the prices on ebay are may be a good hint. On ebay i see a 2007 aero with 9,000 miles buy-it-now priced at 23,988
#3201 of 3342 Re: looking for my first Saab, need opinions please [dhanley]
Feb 22, 2008 (6:39 am)
It's got everything except navigation and On Star, which i could care less about anyway because I've read the nav system in the '06's isn't that special. If I want nav I can buy a TomTom. It does have the Cold Weather Package which I am more pleased about because those features are more practical to VT winter driving. I am test driving it today. Edmunds prices it at about 24,375 so I will meet him somewhere in the middle.
#3202 of 3342 Re: Transmission "clunk"? [nbond]
Feb 22, 2008 (6:27 pm)
Wife has a 2007 9-3 2.0 (manual) as well with 7,500 miles. She also hears clunking sound also, Last week the clutch went on her (she drives manual just fine and does not ride clutch) there was something wrong with the transmission on the vehicle. Saab dealer in North Jersey on route 17 replaced clutch under warranty.
This is her 2nd SAAB, maybe her last, plus we were not happy with professionalism at service dept. No loaner, rude over phone and waited 4 days for car.
#3203 of 3342 Re: looking for my first Saab, need opinions please [floatsey09]
Feb 23, 2008 (6:19 pm)
Picking up the '06 Aero with 2,000 miles on it this Monday. I expect that I will be running into some minor electrical issues down the road with this vehicle. Can anyone tell me what issues they have had with their 9-3 late models? Also, I am going with some Gislavad Nord Frost 5 winter tires. I have read that they're almost as good as the Nokian Hakka's but a better bang for your buck. Any input on the tires or quirks to expect? Thanks.
#3204 of 3342 Looking for my First SAAB
Feb 25, 2008 (5:14 pm)
I have a 2005 9-3 Arc, and had oil leaks. Something in the head had to be replaced. Warning, it would have been outrageous if not under warranty. Otherwise things are fine.
#3205 of 3342 Re: Looking for my First SAAB [diswalker2]
Feb 29, 2008 (5:55 pm)
I just bought a creampuff today. A 2005 2.0T Linear with only 10k miles on it. Immaculate condition. CPO. $18,000.
I am a very high mileage driver and wanted good fuel economy. Finding a low miles car already depreciated fits me well. Edmunds had dealer retail around 18 and CPO a little over 20. Basically I have 90,000 miles of warranty left.
#3206 of 3342 saab9-3 aero vs audi a4?
Mar 03, 2008 (4:29 pm)
I am considering purchasing either the saab 9-3, possibly the aero or the audi a4 2.0 liter turbo quattro.I've recently driven a 9-3 with the 2.0 turbo and was impressed with the car. I have yet to drive the audi.The saab seems to have a little more interior room and i found the seats to be very comfortable.I've never owned a car made by either of these car makers but i have done enough reading on edmunds and other web sites to know that reliability isn't always foremost with these vehicles.I do plan on purchasing the car and would like to keep it for several years.I would appreciate any input. Thanks
#3207 of 3342 Re: saab9-3 aero vs audi a4? [ggs2]
Mar 03, 2008 (6:19 pm)
You have two great cars to choose from. I considered both before picking my car, a 2005 Saab 2.0 Linear. I ended up buying it from Carmax for price versus the dealer. Apparently, my local Saab dealer doesn't mind keeping overpriced, used cars on their lot (I was even willing to pay $500 over the Edmunds TMV's price, they refused).
I test drove the Aero and was told the only difference was an upgraded interior (the 2005 Linear has lots of plastic and kinda looks cheap). I put lots of miles on my car (the gas mileage is awesome), and have very simple tastes.. I just deal with the plastic.
Safety features are awesome (airbags everywhere, standard traction control, etc) and make the car a real value. No complaints!
Hope this helps.
#3208 of 3342 Re: saab9-3 aero vs audi a4? [ggs2]
Mar 03, 2008 (7:29 pm)
before you purchase, look at the resale value. the Audi holds its resale much better than the SAAB for some reason.
Both good cars, but if you are not going to hold the car for many years you might be better off with the audi.
#3209 of 3342 9-3 Saab vs Audi
Mar 04, 2008 (12:33 pm)
If you choose the Saab, get one with the fold down back seats. You can't miss!