About the BCA auctions new Saab 9-3 come to us from Sweden in Germany. There are always auctions on the Internet in which the car trade can participate. The possibility of acquiring a new, well-equipped, mid-range Sweden at the golf price is tempting. There are regular inquiries via the blog. What are the advantages of buying a new Saab, what are the risks? We have compiled the most important facts. A Saab purchase advice, not only for newcomers and those returning to work.
- Pro Saab!
The Saab 9-3 series is reliable, comfortable, economical. Under the sheet metal dress of Sweden hides a lot of Saab engineering and many engineering components from the group building kit of GM. What does not diminish the individuality and in our case can be an advantage. Because the basis of turbo engines springs from mass production, is reliable and durable, the same applies to the transmission. The famos Diesel come from a past partnership of FIAT and GM. Teething problems of earlier specimens are no longer an issue.
Even the smallest turbo gasoline engine with 150 horsepower is doing well. With optional Hirsch power cure, he is gaining almost 200 PS, with additional fuel consumption reduction.
The supply of spare parts is not critical. Saab Parts AB in Nyköping is doing a good job, delivery bottlenecks are disappearing and availability is normalizing. Suppliers who boycotted Saab spare parts supply in recent months due to the situation in Trollhättan have resumed delivery. No matter how the future will develop in Sweden, Saab Parts AB will remain as a supplier of spare parts.
The 9-3 series is available with front and all-wheel drive. XWD limousines or sports suits appear again and again in the auctions. The all-wheel drive system from Saab is one of the best options that the market offers in the 4 × 4 range and is worth a recommendation.
Particularly desirable are Saab 9-3 from the Vector equipment level. With leather, climate control, often with xenon headlamps is a price / performance ratio given what currently can not be beat.
The sedan is because rare, even after the relatively long construction time a visual eye-catcher. Saab is a combination stamp. The 9-3 sports suit is a beautiful, comfortable and practical companion in everyday life. Many thought-out solutions bear witness to Swedish combined expertise.
With the 9-3 you are always well on the way. Both in urban centers, where the relatively compact dimensions count, as well as on long journeys. Only with 4 persons full it is a bit tight on long distances behind. But the 9-3 series is just the compact range from Saab.
A Saab is safe. Actually, you do not necessarily have to mention it. Active headrests, nightpanels, lots of airbags and many other features make the iconic Swedes an intelligent buy.
Driving pleasure prepares the Saab in each version. The chassis is agile yet comfortable. Curvy tracks loves the Saab 9-3, only on short, fast successive bumps, he tends to stucco.
- Strong turbo engines in the field of gasoline and diesel.
- Good workmanship, on long journeys at home.
- From Vector level rich equipment
- High reliability
- Good spare parts supply
- Individuality for a small price
- One of the best four-wheel drive systems on the market
- High ergonomics, good usability
- Excellent safety for the passengers
- Maybe Saab?
Some things are enticing but involve minimal risks. Most of the models currently being sold were produced before the facelift. Because only shortly before the production stop 2011 the changeover to the Saab 9-3 Griffin series took place.
The Saab 9-3 Griffin series is particularly cool, absolutely Scandinavian. With revised headlights, spoilers and a changed dashboard design, especially Saabisch. Design accents in “Ice Blue” emphasize the Nordic origin.
The turbo petrol engines have been converted to direct injection, which promises a current emissions standard. As beautiful as it sounds, no large numbers of the Griffin series have been built. The belts came to a standstill almost a year ago - started up again briefly - and have remained to this day. Parts of the body and assemblies, such as headlights, may be restricted in the event of an accident.
Nevertheless, the Griffin models are tempting.
- For Saab 9-3 Griffin models, parts of the body and assemblies may be restricted due to the low number of units available.
What speaks against a Saab? Not much, really. Would not be the thin network of service points. The dealer network has suffered from the crisis and has shrunk. Nevertheless, 100 bases in Germany are currently active for the Saab drivers.
The partners, who still hold the flag of the Swedish cult brand, often have Saab experience of decades and are above average engaged. That Saab is a different brand, you realize at the latest at the dealer contact. Because often you can not find Saab partners in the usual glass palaces and dealing with each other is warm and pleasant uncomplicated. An up-to-date list of bases is in preparation.
In any case, it is good to have a Saab partner nearby. Because Swedish Turbo technology feels most comfortable with Swedish specialists.
A theme that is not an issue is the missing factory warranty. In other countries there are solutions of the importers, in Germany there are solutions through the dealer. Usually two or three year warranty insurance is being sold on the new Saab, so you're on the road.
- Thin dealer network in Germany - but very committed.
The chance is there now to buy a Swede of the cult brand from Trollhättan at an interesting price. Individuality, safety, Scandinavian design.
In addition, the ticket to a special community, which there is no other car brand. Because a Saab is more than just a car. Saab is also Sweden, community and cohesion across all borders. The Spirit of Saab. Unique.