Saab 9-3 buyers review

Saab 9-3 buyers review

Saab presented the second
generation 9-3 in 2003, the successor of the 900,
which became the 9-3. The car was sold ’til 2012. To be honest,
it’s still being sold as new. NEVS has taken it back
into production last year. It’s gone bankrupts and it didn’t and
then it did, difficulty with investors. So, you can still buy a new 9-3. We have
to add that it won’t be a bestseller because Saab isn’t allowed to import a lot
of cars. They’re no longer up to snatch. It’s a weird choice for someone who’s
looking for a VW Passat or Opel Vectra. It shares a platform, but there aren’t many
similarities. Or an Audi A4 or BMW 3-Series. I have to add that the interior… Post-facelift
looks better, but the older ones are lower quality. What engines were available? Only turbo
engines, one excluded; the 1.8i. Not the 1.8t but 1.8i. It’s a 4-cylinder
without turbo pressure. There are a lot of 4-cylinder engines,
all 2-liters, including the 1.8t. There’s also a V6. The 4-cylinders range from
120-206 hp (gasoline) and 118-177 hp (diesel). The V6 has 227-276 hp. ENGINES
gasoline ENGINES
diesel There was a facelift for the Saab 9-3
in 2008. It made the nose real tight. The XWD became available
as well, the AWD version. Especially the more powerful versions,
the V6 etc., you may want to consider that. Over 227 hp on the front wheels is
a lot. AWD may be better then, nicer. There are 442 Saab 9-3s of this
generation for sale on I’m not counting the convertible, because
Wouter already talked about that one. We won’t discuss it in this video,
only the sedan and (sport) combi. Saab uses different names
in different markets. Let’s call it the wagon. At the moment, 442 Saab 9-3s of this
generation are for sale on 64% has a gasoline engine. 29% has a diesel engine. The rest, 7-8%,
has gasoline combined with LPG. Those are mainly the 1.8i. The 1.8t may have
LPG as well, but most are the non-aspirated 1.8i. That one has 120 hp. I have to add that
it’s not the best engine ever. It howls and lacks power in this car. 73% has a manual transmission,
the rest has an automatic. 56% has parking sensors, 86% has
cruise control, 73% has climate control. 49% has leather upholstery. Prices start at 2,500 euros for
a car with 200,000 miles. For a more fresh car prices
go up ’til 25,000 euros. There are spikes of 30,000 euros, some higher,
for the NEVS Saab released last year. For 25,000 euros you’ll have a pretty car. PRICES
minimum, average, maximum There are a number of reasons to buy a Saab
9-3. First, they’re well equipped as standard. They’re comfortable, and it’s different.
A VW Passat and Vectra are common. A 9-3 is more special. It’s a dentist’s car.
You have to decide if that suits you. It’s no 13 in a dozen device. Then again, plenty were sold so there are
plenty for sale and there are enough parts. You’re not buying something exotic
which is hard to maintain. Speaking of maintenance:
the 9-3 is a bullet-proof car. Of course there are some issues. The front springs may break. You’ll notice
by a weird kerplunk sound up front. The wishbones break after 90,000 miles. These
things wear, so it’s common for most cars. More specific things are the keys. We got a nice new one, but that’s
because the old one disintegrated. It’s made of soft-touch rubber,
which breaks and looks ugly. New keys can be ordered. Another thing:
check if the satnav (if there) works. The CDs may cause problems,
especially if they’re copies. It makes the satnav unit malfunction,
so check if it still works. If you think that’s important,
because it’s an older car. You may want to navigate by smartphone,
because that’s more reliable with better results. Then there’s an issue with the early Saab 9-3.
Water may leak through the interior filter. It’s been solved since model year 2006. Check with the first Saab 9-3 if the passenger’s
footwell is dry, else the leakage may still be there. There’s a fix, a standard cap for a couple
of bucks, so it won’t bother you again. Then there’s an issue with
the sunroof. It’s not common. If you buy a car with a sunroof, check if
the thing works and doesn’t leak. No watermarks on the headliner,
because the sunroof may leak. Finally, there are some
nice flavors of Saab 9-3. The Aero and Turbo X, up ’til 276 hp. Most got AWD, but they eat tires.
Check for even wear. Especially with the AWD versions. Check if
the tires are worn straight or are cupped. In case of the latter, the alignment may be off
and you want that solved before you buy it. We borrowed this car at Saab Apeldoorn. It’s a fun one, a 148 hp 1.8t in pepper
green. I think it’s a cool color. Inside it’s chic black. A pretty car. THIS CAR Thanks to
Saab Apeldoorn. Subs – Maru

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