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Saab 9-3, Convertible, Sedan
#1 of 685 Saab 9-3 : Prices Paid & Buying Experience
Jun 03, 2004 (4:21 am)
Enter your buying experience here!
#2 of 685 Saab 9-3
Jun 11, 2004 (11:18 pm)
kbb retail value on the 1999 Saab 9-3 convertible I'm interested in is $17,105 and I'm getting $13,900 from a dealer in Ca. It has 39,250 miles.Ran a carfax and everything checks out OK. Any advice on what I should look out for or is this just a good deal?
Also, any comments/ experiences with the 99 9-3 conv. would be appreciated. Thanks.
#3 of 685 Re: Saab 9-3 : Researched and found a New 2003 ARC 9.3
Jul 02, 2004 (7:41 am)
MSRP was around $33K - purchased the car for $22,800. This is a loaded ARC, non metallic paint, Auto.
Have had the car for 6 months and it's great! Wish I had purchased a Saab years ago. It
Performs exceptionally well
Is very comfortable on long trips
Gets excellent gas mileage 26 in town, 33-34 hwy.
Dashboard controls are very easy to use.
Can't say enough - this is a great car. Cars I've owned in the past 10 yrs are: Volvo 850T, Lexus GS 300, BMW 530 & E320 4matic. This is the best one of all - and was the least expensive!!
#4 of 685 Re: Saab 9-3 : Researched and found a New 2003 ARC 9.3 [ams303 #3]
Jul 06, 2004 (6:13 am)
You bought a new Arc for 22800? 10 K off of sticker? How did you manage that?
#5 of 685 Re: Saab 9-3 : Researched and found a New 2003 ARC 9.3 [ams303 #3]
Jul 07, 2004 (5:40 am)
Yeah, I found that a little odd as well. Unless it had some crazy miles on it or was previously totalled....
#6 of 685 Re: Saab 9-3 : Researched and found a New 2003 ARC 9.3 [ams303 #3]
Jul 07, 2004 (8:06 am)
I thought I had a good deal I paid invoice minus $3,000 for an Arc a year ago June, roof, winter, cd/wipers, parking assist packages and paint (basically everything but auto, and wheels) which put the car at 29,000 and change (no I don't work for GM) this was when they were really dealing but I guess there were better deals.
I am only slightly jealous I too really like the car.
#7 of 685 Re: Saab 9-3 : Researched and found a New 2003 ARC 9.3 [mrblonde49]
Aug 20, 2004 (5:15 pm)
Know it's been sometime since my post, but the car had 2K miles on it and had been used by the new car manager. When I purchased it I actually found several others at pricing within 2K of this one.
Seems like dealers had a lot of left over cars that they purchased at the end of 2003, once the Saab deals were coming to an end.
Purchased the car in NY, on Long Island. There were others in NJ. And the closest dealer offered me an '04 Linear for a little under 25K.
#8 of 685 Re: Saab 9-3 : Researched and found a New 2003 ARC 9.3 [ams303]
Aug 22, 2004 (1:26 am)
That is very helpful as I beleive I want to use that same dealer in Glencove, NY. I am looking to purchase sometime in October or November. I was hoping for those end of the year rebates, but I will take a Dealer's Demo also. Have you had any excessive wear and taear problems?
#9 of 685 Re: Saab 9-3 : Prices Paid & Buying Experience [lee_w]
Aug 23, 2004 (11:28 am)
I need an opinion. I am looking to purchase a new 2004 9-3 Aero which is black, has the cold weather package, and a sunroof. It is a 6 spped manual transmission. The MSRP is 35, 080. I work for Indiana University which is a GM Supplier and the "discount" for that is 33,712. They are offering me a $4000 cash rebate which would bring the price to $29, 712. The invoice (with the advertising, sunroof, etc added) is 33, 371. What do you guys think about this deal?
In my opinion, the GM supplier discount is not really a discount. When you think about it, anyone off the street could walk in and negotiate that price. Basically what it does is prevent the consumer from further negotiating on the car. Do you guys think 29,712 is a good price in Indiana or should I hold out and try to get more knocked off? Any opinions would be appreciated.
#10 of 685 Re: Saab 9-3 : Prices Paid & Buying Experience [dorbeas]
Aug 23, 2004 (2:04 pm)
Every situation is different, but I would try to get that sucker as low as possible. It never hurts to try, and you have nothing to lose, only to gain.
I just got (2 weeks ago) a *new* 2003 9-5 Aero (leftover and purchased by the dealer from Saab) loaded with everything you can think of except the venilated seats for $27,500. They originally were asking $32k+ for it. They came down to $29,900 and at that price it is still a pretty damn good bargain, but I counter-offered with a ridiculous amount of $24,500, in which they said "sorry".
I then made them an offer of $27k even and they said they would split the difference between that and the 29,900, so they offered $28,490 (approx.) I could have taken the car then but I knew I there may be still room to work with, so I talked to the manager directly and said that I was ready to buy TODAY but I will not pay more than $27,500 for the car. He said he'd get back to me, which he did in a few hours. They went for it - and I have been a happy camper ever since.
I guess the moral of the story is if you are really serious about buying that car, you should tell them that you are ready NOW but they have to meet *your* price. Tell them that you can only spend "X" amount and that is all you can afford. What should your price be? That is up to you, but I would try to get that car as close to about $28k or so as I could. Maybe you want to go lower.....that is up to you.
This approach may work or it may not, but worst case scenario is that you can still purchase the car at $29,700.
Bottom line is that every $1000 you save = a huge difference in your monthly car payment. I was seriously considering the '04 TL which is not to be had for under $30k, and the difference I saved by getting the Aero makes a huge difference in my monthly payments. Plus, I am happier than a pig in s*** with my new Saab! I don't regret not buying the TL for one moment.
Anyway, good luck and let us know how it goes.