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Saab 9-3, Convertible, Sedan
Jun 22, 2009 (5:53 pm)
Help. After reading numerous messages regarding 9-3 Saabs, I am still in limbo regarding purchasing a Saab. I read numerous messages, and have found the most concerns with the cupholders, rear brakes, radio, and seats. I can work with these issues. I live in Atlanta, so traffic is always hectic. I found a 2007 Saab for $17,000 w// 29,000. Good Deal? I am tempted to purchase the car, but I am concerned about Saab and GM. I have a Honda with over 230,000 miles, but I wonder if I will be able to keep the Saab for several years and thousands of miles. I understand that longevity and regular maintanence are related. I do not know about longevity with Saabs, esp since I do not see many on the road. After numerous suggestions to purchase a Honda, Nissan, Toyota, I still keep looking at the Saab in the window. Any suggestions?
#583 of 685 Re: Need Advice on a 2008 9-3 convertible purchase [pas914]
Jun 23, 2009 (5:52 am)
Visit a dealership and check out the new cars. Scratches, scuffs, misaligned trim etc.Not all in perfect condition. When I take delivery of a new car- I always take at least 30 minutes to check every inch, switch tuck and roll. It gets fixed before I take delivery not after. It pays to have someone independently check it out.But no big deal -- your car your money. Once it arrives with a problem-- the shipper blames the dealer -- the dealer blames the shipper. Roll the dice. Mechanicals probably not as critical since the car is new.
#584 of 685 Too good to be true
Jun 25, 2009 (9:39 am)
My 2006 93 lease set to expire. Dealer desperate to sell me similar 2009 93. Willing to go as low as 22,500 on $31 MSRP or so and eat my last three payments. I know it makes mathematical sense. The resid value on the lease car is 17,500 or so.
Still comes down to "Should I buy a Saab?"
#585 of 685 Re: Too good to be true [hgershman]
Jun 25, 2009 (11:22 am)
Do you really like the new saab? Is the 4 year service/warranty still in effect? Make sure warranty work is available. CR recommends them. There are independent shops that can handle service. If you keep it 8-9 years it won't matter much re depreciation -- donate it to a worthy charity. If you buy you won't be able to resell or trade without taking a severe beating. If you really like the car ask for another 1500 off and settle for a grand. You could also offer 12k for your lease -- see what happens.
#586 of 685 Re: Too good to be true [jayrider]
Jun 25, 2009 (11:39 am)
Actually didn't even look at the new Saab. This was a purely hypothetical discussion. You think GMAC would cave on their "no dickering" on lease residual rule? Worth a try , I guess. Thanks.
#587 of 685 Re: Too good to be true [hgershman]
Jun 25, 2009 (12:59 pm)
absolutely worth a try. Pretty cool that your dealer is giving you that price and you haven't even been buy to kick a tire. Subaru has some nice deals on legacy's and outbacks. Changing them in 2010 so deals are pretty good --awd is nice.Wholesale on an 06 9-3 linear is from 10300-13000 according edmunds. I would think those prices may be dropping as you read this. Offer low wholesale if you really like the car. Just be glad you didn't buy back in 06 -- you did quite well.
#588 of 685 Re: to buy or not to buy [scaredtobuy1]
Jul 01, 2009 (12:31 am)
Test drive the most expensive Nissan Sentra.....the Spec-V.
Nissan has the Sentra reborn as a much larger car with a very good interior, light years better than previous Sentras of even five years ago.
Current Sentra is almost identical in exterior size and interior dimensions as the Saab 9-3.
Sentras with the 170 and 200HP engines are faster than the Saab 9-3. Also consider these advantages:
* much more mechanically reliable
* much, much better resale
* better real world fuel mileage
* no stress on you. Nissan will be around in the years ahead, Saab may not be and even if Saab stays in business it could leave the American market as Peugeot and Renault (twice) has done. My local Saab dealer dropped Saab to concentrate on Mitsubishi. Yes.....Mistsubishi.
Saab's can never live down their richly deserved reputation of the worst resale value possible and constant mechanical problems.
#589 of 685 Re: to buy or not to buy [observer22]
Jul 01, 2009 (5:28 am)
My wife's 2005 9-3 Convertible has 55k miles and has cost us 5.5 cents per mile to maintain, including a set of PS2s and 3 new wheels. We have had no issues at all and the only warranty work was replacing 2 radio speakers. I believe people who have repair issues do not properly maintain their vehicles.
#590 of 685 Re: Too good to be true [hgershman]
Jul 04, 2009 (4:47 pm)
I'd offer $22,000 even on the 2009 and see if the dealer takes it.
For $22K, it's hard to beat... You can't even buy a 4 cylinder Accord with leather at that price point...
#591 of 685 Re: Too good to be true [hgershman]
Jul 06, 2009 (9:39 am)
I'm looking at the 9-3 also. If I could find one at 22,500 I would pull the trigger. What dealership are you working with? Hope it's in TX. Thanks.