Fancy Saab. Refreshment for the Saab 9-3.

The most popular Saab on our roads is the 9-3 II series. He is the everyday car par excellence, if you want to be traveling with a Saab. Safe, robust, fast and sufficiently spacious. Above all, it is a long-term car when a B207 engine provides the drive.

Saab 9-3 Sportsedan at his presentation 2002. Image: Saab Automobile AB

We had neglected the 9-3 in the last few months. The 9-5 was a topic with Paul, the 9000 is being processed by the Anna project, and the 9-3 I is always somehow on the blog. The last 9-3 has the potential for improvement and a makeover.

Saab Griffin design as a fresh cell treatment

The series had its last major overhaul in 2011. As the Saab 9-3 Griffin, it was once again made fit for the years to come. The successor was even further away than we were led to believe, the Griffin would have been with us until 2014 or 15. The chances of an extension of the career were not bad. Modern direct injection under the hood, up to 260 turbo hp, which provided a lot of driving pleasure.

The refined design at the front and rear was modern, but not fashionable. It replaced the facelift from 2008. Somehow the 9-3 became saabier, even more timeless thanks to its simple, rather Scandinavian lines. Then there were the ice-blue headlights that we already know from the Saab 9-5 and 9-4x.

A final Saab Design Evolution, very well thought out and consistent. The last, with tasteful lines published work to the team of design chief Simon Padian, who works for Volvo today. Unfortunately, far too few Saab 9-3 Griffin ran off the line, and far too few came to Germany.

Above all, the background that nothing remotely comparable will come from Trollhättan makes the Griffin design exciting and desirable. Inevitably, Mark and I had to take a 9-3 and convert it to Griffin Look. The action, with the active support of the Saab center Bamberg and Ralf Muckelbauer and by the Orio Germany GmbH, shows what potential the Saab 9-3 has.

The story of the conversion, the inevitable little surprises, what it costs and whether the result is fun, will be posted on the blog in the next few days. We also reveal which part numbers are required for a Griffin exterior design.

6 thoughts on "Fancy Saab. Refreshment for the Saab 9-3."

  • Tom, you really have a way of writing that you already feel like reading while sitting in the airplane and then start to jet.
    I am also looking forward to the further coverage. My wife drives a 9-3 (YY 2008 facelift) and her opinion is clearly positioned. Maybe we can really take inspiration from the follow-up report (s).
    Thanks in advance and have a nice (rest) weekend.

  • Since we drive both models, Vorfacelift (Linear Diesel 2006, but with Navi and sunroof) and facelift station wagon (Vector XWD 2010), I would sometimes like interim solutions. The Kunststofftleisten could have remained quiet, only recently I had to park in the middle of a sidewalk with the same fence adjacent, because I would have liked the Kunsstofleisten, while maintaining wiedderum I wish the facelift. The fittings are in the facelift high quality and easy to clean, but crack the door handles stronger. The SID in the middle with Navipfeilen is a brilliant thing, especially if you drive with Nightpanel. Almost like a head up display.
    Two things would interest me, the grill for the facelift in front, and Vorfacelift behind. Has anyone rear the Griffinleiste converted?

  • We have done several times here in Holland! If you need parts we bought the shelves at NEVS empty!

  • I think so too and personally I like the design of the Saab 9-3 (2003-2007) better than after the facelift 2008. Likewise, I stand absolutely to this day on the SID indicator placed at the top of the faucets below the windshield. Simply brilliant and for me more pleasing and saabiger than the successor models. The 9-3 from 2008 as Aero I still succeed, but the Griffin seems to me more pleasing and modern. So I'm looking forward to your next 9-3 report

  • I thought the facelift of 2008 was a “botch”. I also find the multifunction display for navigation, radio, temp., Miscellaneous (bump) under the windshield to be very successful. Which Hans-Wurst has always taken away is a mystery to me. The plastic strips on the side also made sense. Griffin is a really good design. In itself, the S 9-3 II is a really great and now also timeless car. May the rust and the availability of spare parts never part us ...

  • That reads exciting. Is such an idea that I already had. Only I lacked the drive for it

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