Our Saab 9 3 1.8t Vector, which we bought 2011 as a new car in Hamburg in July, turned out to be a good investment. There are now more than 30.000 kilometers on the clock, and the Saab is running, running, running. Special Occurrences: None! Nothing rattles, nothing shows signs of wear.
No noticeable oil consumption, and our fuel consumption - with Hirsch Performance in the Performance-enhanced station wagons - sinks for some time, while the performance is better. It's an experience that keeps you on the B207 engine family. Only at 30.000 kilometers, the Saab is retracted. In July comes the biennial report, but before a small facelift.
Last year, the 9-3 was up 18 ″ Independence rims on road. This year it will roll through the summer on 18 ″ turbine rims. A rim set that I personally like very well and that is one of the most beautiful Saab rims ever. At the same time, a small facelift was carried out in spring. The standard grill was replaced by a Griffin grill. This takes up the Saab design language of a stylized airplane, the Saab lettering is larger and more present. Friends who were critical of this operation described the result as very “Saabian”. We like it too, and the 9-3 looks somehow fresher.
In the interior, a sports steering wheel from the Turbo X replaced the thin Vector steering wheel, the dashboard of the series was replaced by a deer dashboard in carbon leather. At last the annoying, silver decorative strip disappeared, and the plastic door handles were also exchanged for the Hirsch leather version. The result is amazing and even more so with the two-tone interior than in a vehicle with a solid interior. Our Saab feels better and looks better. With a little retouching you have the feeling of a considerably more expensive car. Note: small things improve the value.
The history of the individual components has it all. Dashboard and door handles were provided for the 366 Independence Cabriolets and can be recognized by connoisseurs of the missing Hirsch logo. During the last visit to Sweden, the leather parts were picked up at ANA and, as the SAS plane was full to Frankfurt, brought by Mark in the roof box to Germany.
The rims also came from the Saab sale on the Saab center Bamberg to Germany, the Griffin Grill procured us Markus Lafrentz from Saab Service Kiel, And the sports steering wheel from the Turbo X was last year at the special promotion of the German branch Saab Parts AB zu kaufen.
Our 9-3 is also visually perfect. The inner values themselves have been right from the beginning.