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Old 06-26-2012, 01:58 PM   #1
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Who has Saab experience?

So I'm looking at maybe getting out of the Fusion and into a different car (read; more power.)

One that keeps coming up is the Saab 9-3 Aero. Anyone have experience with Saabs? Good cars? Problematic?


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Old 06-26-2012, 02:21 PM   #2
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So I'm looking at maybe getting out of the Fusion and into a different car (read; more power.)

One that keeps coming up is the Saab 9-3 Aero. Anyone have experience with Saabs? Good cars? Problematic?
While they are "good" cars, I think you'd find the maintenance cost/upkeep to be similar to many other euro cars such as Volvo, Audi, BMW, VW, etc. They have their occasional quirk like most any other vehicle.

What I don't quite understand is why you'd want to get into a vehicle from a manufacturer which for all intents and purposes no longer exists, and which provides minimal if any warranty support, should you be looking at a vehicle that's still under warranty? Hell, we have some lenders who are already black-listing them from financing.

For those reasons I don't think it would be the wisest move. Just my 2 cents.
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If this helps you any Dietrich, the 4 years I've been an auto tech I have never worked on a Saab. ever.
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While they are "good" cars, I think you'd find the maintenance cost/upkeep to be similar to many other euro cars such as Volvo, Audi, BMW, VW, etc. They have their occasional quirk like most any other vehicle.

What I don't quite understand is why you'd want to get into a vehicle from a manufacturer which for all intents and purposes no longer exists, and which provides minimal if any warranty support, should you be looking at a vehicle that's still under warranty? Hell, we have some lenders who are already black-listing them from financing.

For those reasons I don't think it would be the wisest move. Just my 2 cents.
I've always liked the looks of the 9-3 Aero, plus a turbo V6 sounds damn good. They're really cheap too, from what I've seen.
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I've always liked the looks of the 9-3 Aero, plus a turbo V6 sounds damn good. They're really cheap too, from what I've seen.


Correct. Cheap for a reason. Resale has never been strong with them, and since their liquidation, they've tanked - the very reasons behind many lenders not even loaning on pre-owned Saabs anymore. Just because they are "cheap" doesn't make them a good deal.

No car is a good "investment" but wouldn't it be wiser to put your money into a vehicle from a manufacturer which actually exists and will be there to support you?

Again, not my money, but I think it's a mistake.
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