Last post on Dec 29, 2007 at 12:49 PM
You are in the Saab 9-3
What is this discussion about?
Saab 9-3, Saab 9-5, Sedan
#6 of 43 Customization
Nov 10, 2003 (2:33 pm)
Hey there.... What I meant by extra options were aftermarket stuff... On the model I have, there were extra cupholder slots in the doors. You couldn't get the attachments here in the US but could in Sweden.
As for the diesels, they are Euro spec'd...not for the US market. Equip the vehicle as you would a US car and if you want the extras such as hood protector, etc... get it in Sweden. You get the stuff a little cheaper and there is no tax (if I remember correctly).
On to my car decision, have you driven the previous SAAB 9-3? It had flaws, wasn't as sporty but it was RELIABLE and had CLASSY materials. I have driven a couple of the new 9-3's and am just not impressed. Not to mention, one of the cars I had stalled on a busy street. Scared the living daylights out of me.
My SmartBuy terminates next March so I am still shopping. I like the 2004 TL, 2004 Accord and the 9-5.
Nov 12, 2003 (11:51 am)
What do you mean by a previous 9-3? 2003, or like 1999? I have only driven the 2003 Arc manual and a 2004 Aero Manual. All of the stalling problems I have heard of relate to the automatic transmission. I have also seen very good reports about the cars safety and dependability. I am a pretty big fan of the car right now, and being able to take advantage of the delivery at the factory is just icing on the cake. It should be great fun and maybe I will start to get all of my future cars that way.
#8 of 43 Saab European Delivery
Nov 13, 2003 (12:21 pm)
The main negatives regarding Saab I.D.S.delivery
that most prospective buyers are not aware of:
First and foremost-you can not use any of the
dealer subsidized programs-purchase pricing
subsidies,leasing or financing programs(such as
0% financing.Secondly,after returning to the U.S.
your car will not be at your providing dealer for
anywhere from 6-8 weeks(shipping time from Sweden)
Finally and often the killer---payment in full
has to be made in full 30 days before delivery ruling out any type of conventional auto financing
or leasing options.This makes the car in most cases either a cash or equity line of credit purchase.This is because a lien cannot be entered
until time of vehicle registration which will not
occur until after that 6-8 week shipping period
#9 of 43 Payment in Full, Two Months Upfront
Nov 13, 2003 (7:10 pm)
Lcp1, nice post. How though do the other car manufacturers do it? Surely, the overseas delivery program must get around this somehow. Leasing?
Nov 13, 2003 (10:21 pm)
By previous generation, I mean the 1999-2002 9-3's. As for Euro pickup, yes 100% finance is expected on the day you pick up the car UNLESS you finance thru SAAB Financial Services. If you chose SFSC, there is a "delayed" payment of sorts that SAAB has figured out. For greater detail you would have to contact them.
Pickup in Sweden or purchase in the USA, either way you are getting a good deal. Here in the US, you get cash incentives.... In Sweden, you get around invoice + travel expenses....
#11 of 43 more on Euro delivery
Nov 17, 2003 (12:22 pm)
Unfortunately GBrianK you are incorrect regarding
financing options for Euro delivery thru S.F.S.C.
None are available(I called them).The crux of the
problem has to do with the lien registering the
car as collateral for the note which has to be
done at the time of vehicle registration in your
state of residence As we already discussed,
payment and stateside delivery/vehicle registration may be as much as 3 months apart.
there is no way for the lending institution to
secure their note during this period.
#13 of 43 Saab European Delivery - 2004
Jan 19, 2004 (6:25 am)
I asked that this discussion be reopened, as we are considering buying a 2004 9-5 Linear Sport Wagon through this program.
Has anyone purchased a car through this program lately? I have the same question as Dafohosman: can you negotiate the price - the deal now is 9% off of the MSRP, but can I negotiate the MSRP?
Second, and I plan to call Saab about this since I've requested information from them on the program twice and have twice gotten their general brochure on the 2004 models, can the travel allowance be used for any travel-related expense? I am planning to use frequent flyer miles to get to Europe, but obviously lodging, meals, travel w/in Europe will cost something, so I would prefer to not use the travel allowance for the airfare.
By the way, I got an email from Saab saying that the travel allowance is now $2000.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
#14 of 43 reopening by request ...
Jan 18, 2006 (3:34 am)
#15 of 43 Saab Euro Delivery 2006
Jan 18, 2006 (7:30 pm)
Am interested in doing the Euro Delivery on a Saab convertible. Was curious as to whether I could get more of a discount than the quoted discount on the website.
Also...any chance the car could be leased?