Some Saab articles are hard to write. I think about ours Saab 9-3 1.8T Vector Sports Suit after, then I think of little. Because the Sweden car drives and drives and drives. Special events? No. One year ago we bought the Saab in Hamburg, and as with every new Saab in recent years, we wondered if it would be the last new car from Trollhättan.
Now, 12 months later, we are not much smarter in this regard, but it can really be that the sports car will remain without a successor. The fact that there are no new cars has definitely not been due to a lack of quality or lack of reliability. At kilometer 6000, we did a traditional oil change inspection at the Saab center in Frankfurt, today Saab Service Frankfurt. This is not necessary and compulsory, but as a Saab driver of many years we simply treat our turbos to fresh oil after the start-up phase.
Since then - a good 17.000 kilometers later - the 9-3 has not seen a workshop. The carried out at 6000 km performance increase has proven to be a good decision, and with increasing mileage, at least purely subjectively, the Saab is getting better. Depending on the driving style, our fuel consumption fluctuates between 7,9 and 9,5 liters on 100 kilometers, as is usual with turbo engines. Depending on what was available, the good super or even E10 was filled in the tank. An oil consumption is not noticeable.
Instead of the standard 16 ″ series, the 9-3 rolled through the European summer on the exclusive 18 ″ rims of the Independence Cabriolet. The driving behavior became firmer and sportier without being uncomfortable. The selection of the rims, however, caused different opinions in the Saab blog team. In spring 2013, therefore, it will be changed to 18 ″ turbine rims.
For cold winter months, a sports heater was installed in the sports car, which is a good decision, if you have a free socket on the carport. The car is always warm on chilly frosty winter days, and the environment is pleased with reduced exhaust emissions at launch with preheated engine.
The little sports suit was on the way in the first 12 months all over the Federal Republic and also in other European countries. The long-distance quality is excellent, you sit very well and the noise level is low. If the 9-3 had a larger tank - you really get caught every now and then when you want it - then the route to Milan would be possible with one tank of fuel - so you travel relaxed. The necessary fuel stops are sometimes entertaining, at least abroad. Two Saab drivers of different nationalities meet, because usually the thumb goes up. The brand connects.
The bright leather interior proved, despite initial fears, as extremely robust. Once a year leather care and everything is in the green. Even now, after 12 months and 21.000 kilometers, no erosion is noticeable. Wear or rattling noises also do not occur, everything is solid and routinely processed. For a station wagon of this class fits surprisingly much luggage in the hold and bulky parts are easy to transport. One notices the combined competence of the brand, and in many places, where the competitor lacks a decimal centimeter, he is just there at the Saab.
The small engine is really fun with the Hirsch performance upgrade and - hmm - is there nothing negative to tell? Yes, there are, of course, and some little things get annoying. One of the wing mirrors flutters at over 200 kilometers an hour, a story that we have also found in other Saab 9-3s. We would like to have a shorter and more precise shifting path if we could write a wish list. Because this would go well with a rather sporty Sweden. And please a little more storage space in the interior. But that's it.
The Saab 9-3 is one of those relaxed classless, individual cars that are rare today. The possession of such a car does not allow a conclusion on the account balance of the owner. In the parking lot in front of the Nobelherberge he makes between Lamborghinis and Porsches as well as in front of the supermarket or the opera. His design seems to be without any age, which of course is the missing successor.
Saab 9-3 ... the individual, reliable and economical one? Yes it is ! If you like a portion of understatement, but don't want to miss good-mood driving fun, the 9-3 is the right choice. Even after a year, the little Swede puts a smile on his face every day, and we know that we have made a good purchase.
We still found room for individualization. The standard Vector steering wheel is not bad, the beautiful steering wheel, which Saab built in the Turbo X, but grippier and slightly thicker. As well as the Hirsch carbon leather dashboard and the door handles, both ANA gifts in Trollhättan, it is waiting to be installed with the Smart Slot Cup Holder from the last Saab Parts AB special promotion.
The Saab 9-3 sports suit will be with us for a long time. If need be, then several 100.000 kilometers. But with all long-term quality - hand on heart - if there were no more supplies from Sweden, it would be very sad!