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Saab 9-3, Convertible, Sedan
#11 of 685 Need Help Buying 2001 Saab 2.3 Turbon Sedan
Sep 08, 2004 (9:46 am)
Have never purchased a used car before and my head is spinning. KBB for the car is $20,730. Edmunds is $18,287 for this area. Dealer is asking $21,500. The car is "certified"--not sure what that means ---dealer claims I need to add $1,500 to any price I see. Car has 40,500 miles on it. I'm thinking I should look for a newer car. Also hear a funny sound when turning the steering wheel--dealer claims it is covered under the certified warranty--although sticker on car says "As Is".....looking to buy in next 48 hours. Any help appreciated.
#12 of 685 Re: Need Help Buying 2001 Saab 2.3 Turbon Sedan [carly]
Sep 09, 2004 (2:22 pm)
Don't Do it!!!!
If the car already has 40+K miles, that means it is almost out of the original warranty. The extended warranty, offered on certified Saabs, you have to review the fine print, to see what it really covers.
I have a '98 Saab 900s. I'm at the dealer nearly every other week, or month with problems, after it ran out the warranty.
I bought an extended warranty for $2000, and let me tell you that it hardly covers anything.
Any wear and tear items are not covered under the extension. So, now a light came on, and the dealer claims that I need a new catalytic converter for $2000. Warranty people refused the claim, saying it doesn't cover exhaust. Major service is $600.
If you hear something, as you test drive, then find another car. If you really, really want the car, trying insisting to the saleperson to have them fix it before putting down a dime, or dollar down. Ask him for a CarFax report too.
Keep in mind, they will probably give you the run-around. That happened to me when I was considering a 2003 4matic Mercedes wagon as a replacement. I heard some problems in the test drive, and discovered pre-owned cars weren't being fixed at this dealership before sale. I asked the salesperson if he would repair it.
No, he said. Only if there was a deposit, would he have it serviced He called me several times to follow up, and ask about my interest in it, but still refused to have any servicing done on it, until I put money down. Given that I don't need any more aggravation with a car, I wasn't about to tempt fate.
No repair before purchase, move on!
The Saabs can have multiple problems, and for the price of that car, you can get a new 9-2x, a Mazda, etc. There's many cars in that price range, new!
If you're dying for a Saab, call other dealers to see what other used cars that they have in stock. You can also run searches for pre-owned through Edmunds.com.
Sounds like you need to run from this deal. I've found Saab service to be usually pretty crummy. The dealer does almost anything to welch out of warranty repairs, blame the owner so you pay the costs directly, or make you wait for days to get into service. This goes for the extended warranty people, too.
After the original warranty expires, I really don't know if you will get the roadside assistance.
Hope that helps.
#13 of 685 Re: Need Help Buying 2001 Saab 2.3 Turbon Sedan [cargal2]
Sep 11, 2004 (8:13 pm)
Thanks a lot!!! I took your advice and "ran" from the purchase of the used Saab. Sharing your experience convinced me. Will check out the Mazda and the new 9-2x. You were a lot help! Thanks again.
#14 of 685 Re: Need Help Buying 2001 Saab 2.3 Turbon Sedan
Sep 15, 2004 (5:40 am)
9-2X ? I am still thinking a WRX makes more sense.
If I were you, I would buy a Certified Saab (it is worth). One thing to keep in mind: Once you own a Saab, it is quiet difficult to get out from it unless your car has a lot problems...People who test drive a Saab usually buy one...I can't get out from it. The driving experience is quiet good and unique (not racing, just enjoy driving the car). I want to sit in my car all the time.
#15 of 685 Re: Saab 9-3 : Prices Paid & Buying Experience [dorbeas]
Sep 15, 2004 (7:38 am)
If you have not already done so, DO IT, considering the DSO of the product line (Saab is nearly 100 days) the dealer would and probably has given you the best deal.
In evaluating the model you hope to purchase, this price seems good
#16 of 685 loking to purchase a SAAB 93 convert. within the next few days....
Sep 24, 2004 (7:21 am)
I am looking to purchase a used saab 9 3 convert. a 1999 or 2000, I have driven a couple and one I heard noises in the front end (no thanks!) and the other they were literally asking me to GIVE them my trade-in (laughed and walked out)...
I am going again today to look at another 1999 saab with 57,000 miles on it and all the options I would like - anything I should keep an eye out for ? They have it priced in the 13,000 range which I don't think is unreasonable, but my trade in (according to NADA.com)is worth 11,000, even if they gave me 10,000 or 9500 I would talk but so far they have come up with 8000 ... any ideas or help would be appreaciated !
#17 of 685 Re: loking to purchase a SAAB 93 convert. within the next few days.... [jenreb1]
Sep 26, 2004 (12:40 pm)
Make sure the car was maintained properly with the right kind of oil, that's important for the longevity of the motor as well as the turbo.
Check to see if the car doesn't smoke when accelerating, a sign the turbo is on its way out.
Check to for any clunking noise when shifting in/out of reverse or 1st gear: it could be a bad motor mount (they are expensive to replace).
If you get a 9-3, make sure you use a high quality full synthetic oil such as Mobil 1 and have the spark plugs replaced at 20K at most
Saabs have a patented knock detection through spark plugs, only the right specs NGK spark plugs gapped correctly need to be used (check the owner manual for more info)
#18 of 685 2004 saab 9-3 price
Oct 09, 2004 (8:31 am)
Paid MSRP-$5,300 at Paul Miller SAAB, NJ. for 2004 Saab 9-3 linear.
#19 of 685 Re: 2004 saab 9-3 price [kenm08817]
Oct 09, 2004 (6:18 pm)
Please provide me with the details of your deal. What options? MSRP? what did you actually pay? Im looking to purchase a linear or arc in central nj. Thanks
#20 of 685 Re: 2004 saab 9-3 price [insureus]
Oct 10, 2004 (8:35 am)
Base+Auto+Sun Roof+Paint=30070 MSRP
- 5300(off)= $24,770