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Saab 9-3, Wagon
#131 of 214 Saab Reliability/Quality/Service
Jul 04, 2006 (6:25 am)
I own my second 9-3, a 2001, and LOVE it. I was very disappointed when they eliminated the hatchback so the sport combi model is a great alternative for me.
I will be tracking the comments here to help me make my decision for my next car. My Saab is doing great but I am always gathering data so I am ready when the urge for a new car hits
A few things to keep in mind (in my opinion).
1) The Saab has had two recalls in 2003 which is why the reliability ratings are so poor.
2) The dealer can make all the difference in the experience of owning a Saab.
I am lucky to live in a city that has a Saab dealer that puts all other dealers to shame. I get a free loaner whenever I get service and feel that the owner of the dealership is brilliant in his execution of CUSTOMER SERVICE. That factors into considerations for buying other makes.
#132 of 214 Re: 4 Questions: Price...quality...vs. awd...comparisons [rsorganize]
Jul 17, 2006 (11:16 am)
I can say that my wifeís 2.0T SportCombi is the best front-wheel drive winter car I have ever driven. We live in northeast NJ and have family in MA. I drove the car in several storms last winter with the standard all-season tires and was very impressed. It was much better than my Maxima which has exactly the same tires.
I would not hesitate to drive the Aero in the winter. It should be fine with dedicated snow tires - maybe add steel wheels down one size of you are really serious.
Reliability has been fine so far at 14k miles. The dealer had to replace a fried computer board early on but I donít consider that a mechanical failure. We are getting 26-27 mpg with the 2.0T.
We drove the 325xi and were not that impressed. It is a heavier car so it does not feel as nimble as the SportCombi. The Aero will outrun it easily.
#133 of 214 Re: 4 Questions: Price...quality...vs. awd...comparisons [rsorganize]
Jul 17, 2006 (11:19 am)
Price - use Edmunds calculator. If you or any relatives can get the GM supplier discount it is worth it. We got the best price that way.
#134 of 214 Re: 4 Questions: Price...quality...vs. awd...comparisons [chris47]
Jul 17, 2006 (3:47 pm)
Thanks. Still thinking/shopping. Thought I had a dealer who was ready to deal straight; unfortunately, could never nail the numbers down. Was ready to buy, but when their 'hestitation' carried past the 0%, I decided to wait.
#135 of 214 Is this a good price on a 2006 Saab 9.3 SC?
Jul 24, 2006 (9:22 pm)
Brand New 2006 Saab 9.3 sport combi. Fusion Blue (metallic paint). Auto Transmission. Moon Roof, Premium Pkg, Cold Weather Pkg, roof rails
Sticker price $33, 415.
Edmunds invoice $31,425
Edmunds TMV $31,993
Price to me $30,688
I think I can also get another $500 loyalty discount (this is my third Saab)
Did I do good? It seemed too easy.
#136 of 214 SportCombi, kids and fuel
Aug 01, 2006 (5:38 pm)
I'm looking for a comfortable car that will have enough space for my 5 and 1-year old's gear (stroller, box with change of clothes, diaper kit, etc), offer enough space in the back seat and get decent mileage around town and on the highway. I'm wondering if people feel there's enough room in the backseat and trunk with kids. Also, I've seen differing reports on the grade of gas you have to use. I've seen regular and premium listed. I thought turbos always needed 91+ octane. Finally, Consumers doesn't give Saab's great reliability ratings...can anyone speak to how accurate that rating is? Any insights would be appreciated. Thanks!
#137 of 214 Re: SportCombi, kids and fuel [carquery]
Sep 13, 2006 (9:07 pm)
A) The 9-3 is certainly sufficient until the rear seat passengers exceed about 5'6".
B) The cargo area holds more than it first appears to- plenty big for that.
C) Buying a near-luxury car and worried about which grade of fuel you have to use? That is penny-wise and pound-foolish.
D) While others have mentioned potential holes in Consumer Reports methodology, as well as the fact that recalls trash those ratings but pose less of a threat/inconvenience, bigger things to consider are the quality and proximity of your dealer and the fact that ALL cars are substantially more reliable than they were 10 or 20 years ago. Personally, I would not hesitate to buy the car I wanted just because it held the potential to send me to a local dealer that treats me well a couple of extra times over a 4-year period, and that is literally the difference between poor and good ratings. Looked at another way, there is NO highly reliable wagon that is also tops in safety. The A4 is probably the most reliable, and it is only OK. Those quality Asian cars have simply set a very tough grading curve and raised the bar for everyone. Too bad the Asian carmakers don't focus as much on safety and don't build family wagons.
#138 of 214 Re: SportCombi, kids and fuel [svo]
Sep 14, 2006 (6:46 am)
The 2.0T recommendation by Saab is 90 octane fuel. It does say you can use regular but the engine perfers 90 or higher.
The SportCombi we have is a lot more reliable than the 2003 9-3 it replaces. We've had it for two months with no problems whats so ever (3000 miles).
The 9 3 safety ratings are currently higher than the Audi.
I have no hesitation in recommending it.
#139 of 214 Station wagon - safe AND reliable
Sep 16, 2006 (11:49 am)
In regards to the following statements:
"...there is NO highly reliable wagon that is also tops in safety...Too bad the Asian carmakers don't focus as much on safety and don't build family wagons."
You are sadly mistaken. The vehicle that meets both requiremnts is the subaru legacy. It has one of the highest reliability ratings among all domestic and asian (forget the europeans) brands and as far as safety is concerned, iihs gave it a gold rating for it's front and side crash test (and we all now how much more stringent they are vs. NHTSA). Also, iihs gave the volkswagen jetta/passat and Audio A4/3 only silver ratings.
Granted, the 93 got an iihs gold as well, but when you count in the legacy's AWD system verus two-wheel stability/traction control on a low-center-of-gravity passenger vehicle, I consider that a wash. Throw in reliability, and the legacy wins.
#140 of 214 Re: Station wagon - safe AND reliable [pnassmac]
Sep 22, 2006 (2:17 pm)
Yep, the Legacy is certainly tops in its class on the crash test results. Unfortunately, it only has traction control (VDC) on the highest-end models, so it may not be any better than average at actually avoiding those crashes.
All-in-all though, a great car--especially the reliability.
But the seats in the 9-3 are waaay more comfortable.