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Saab 9-3, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Sedan
#174 of 185 Can't wait to try this baby out
Oct 25, 2002 (6:44 am)
I presently own a 1996 Saab 900 Se V6 auto and am happy with the way that it drives considering what I payed for it. Fortunately for used car buyers Saab is owned by GM and the price depreciates quite drastically compared to its competitors in the near luxury sport sedan segment. Unfortunately for new car buyers is that Saab is owned by GM. I purchased my Saab used and got a great deal. Unless you have the money to buy a BMW or loaded Audi A4 quattro i don't think there are many cars to compete with the new 93 for the money. If the new cars suspention and performance have indead improved as much as I read then I think this car is indeed a winner.
My local SSI dealer no longer sells Saab (not a big market in my area) so I have to travel to see one.
Hope to get more information from real owners soon.
#175 of 185 Still two diff boards
Oct 25, 2002 (8:14 am)
I just recently took delivery of a 03 9-3..see sedan board..Kristie..why still in future board?
Oct 25, 2002 (11:44 am)
shades80, I'll be closing this one in a few days... I'm just leaving it open until I can post a link to the chat for anyone who missed it.
Oct 25, 2002 (11:16 pm)
A Saab is the ONLY car my wife has ever looked at and liked. I mean, she never thinks about or notices any cars, but she does like the Saabs. So, after my 25 year old 320i died recently, I've been looking for a replacement. As it happens, one of the people I know haas been a Saab mechanic for many years. He told me that they are great cars to drive and very practical, BUT he said there is a flaw with the spark plugs and how they are engineered in the ingition and firing system. He said that they always cause problems when the cars aren't that old, and it's expensive to fix it. I can't remember exactly what he said it was about the system, but he said it happens to most of them and I would regret getting it. They're great "when you get to drive them" and they aren't in the shop.
my wife still likes them, so I ask, has anyone had lots of problems like this with their Saabs?
I always read that the 9-5 is the best car they ever made...how about the new 9-3?
Oct 26, 2002 (9:57 am)
I believe he's referring to the direct ignition cassette (I think that's the name). It's the module that goes on top of the spark plugs--no spark plug wires on a Saab. These are problematic and expensive to fix.
I'm 99% certain, though, that this was one of the major fixes on the new 9-3s--each plug has its own DIC. You only have to replace one if it goes bad instead of the whole bank.
Other more knowledgable users may jump in to give you better info, but I'm pretty sure the above is correct.
Oct 28, 2002 (1:47 pm)
Ok where are those transcipts ?
Oct 30, 2002 (2:40 pm)
allegedly coming tomorrow...
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Nov 01, 2002 (12:53 pm)
Saab 9-3 Chat Transcript.
Countdown -- this topic will close on Monday, 11/04.
Nov 01, 2002 (1:18 pm)
Thank you very much. I am very impressed with the guests! This has been a good forum. It is almost too bad to see it go. Time waits for no one, and all that. Thanks again.
#183 of 185 Why close ?
Nov 03, 2002 (10:35 pm)
not enough interest ? dont boade well for SAAB , sounds like...