Market check - Saab 9-3 NG prices (up to model year 2007)

Saab cultivated the tradition of long model cycles. The 9-3 II was introduced to 2002 and significantly improved for the 2008 model year. 2011 followed the next revision. With nearly 10 years of production time, one can speak of 3 different stages of life of the Saab 9-3 II.

This reminds me a lot of the classic Saab 900, which began life as the Saab 99 and has been constantly improved and revised. When it premiered in 2002, the 9-3 II was received with some skepticism. Not only from the motor press, which almost compulsively constructed an Opel relationship that did not exist. 70% of the parts were pure Saab, the rest was shared with relatives from the GM shelf.

Traders were also suspicious, and with good reason. The choice of materials in the interior was underground for Saab standards, the processing listless, and one could have doubts about the longevity. The fact that until March 2005 there was only a sedan, we leave out the cabriolet, because it will get its own market check, didn't make things any better.

Saab 9-3 sedan. Image: Saab Automobile AB

Market check Saab 9-3 NG prices (up to model year 2007)

To this end, Trollhättan supplied its own bus system and navigation system that had been developed exclusively by and with Saab. It impressed with its unreliability and malfunctions. For the first time there was also a manual 6-speed transmission as an option in the smaller Saab series. It came from Opel production, was imprecise to shift and caused frustration. Many customers therefore resorted to the tried and tested 5-speed Saab transmission.

Saab 9-3 NG prices for models of the first years are in the basement

When it was presented, the 9-3 NG was certainly the worst car Saab had ever delivered. But things got better. From year to year you could see a better build quality, even if the materials stayed cheap.

The used car market reflects exactly the product quality of this time. Used 9-3 II from the early model years are cheap to get. €2.000 or €3.000 – and you're in. Entry is particularly cheap when it comes to a diesel. The used car prices are on the ground and are far below the comparable petrol cars.

Up to the 2006 model year, entry for a reasonably well-kept specimen is possible for well under € 5.000. But be careful: a continuous maintenance history is important, and rust is also an issue. Even the Saab dealer's stamp in the maintenance booklet does not protect against this. A closer look is advisable.

Because in the amount of vehicles offered, there are not just worn copies. Saab 9-3 II from a lover's or pensioner's hand surprise by a good condition that one would not have expected so often. They are hardly more expensive than neglected, run-down vehicles, because the market does not give it. But you can be happy with it.

Nevertheless, we found some exciting specimens during our market check.

Saab 9-3 1.8t Vector sports suit 2007. 83.218 kilometers

Saab 9 3 Vector 1.8t. Image: Auto Forum Hulb

The right engine, the most popular color. Checkbook maintained by Saab, a nice combination of fabric and leather in the interior. To have significantly less than € 10.000,00. Would mutate into a real eye-catcher with beautiful 17 ″ or 18 ″ rims, original Saab of course. Is for sale in Böblingen.

Saab 9-3 1.8i Edition sedan 2007 44.000 kilometers

Just a sucker, but with potential. Saab 9-3 1.8i. Image: Net Cars

The 1.8i is hardly popular and I almost don't dare to write the word "winter car". How about this neat sedan as a Saab winter car when the 9-5 NG stays in the garage? No turbo, but better than changing makes and potential for many winters. For sale in Dusseldorf.

Saab 9-3 Aero deer sedan 2003 143.000 kilometers

Saab 9-3 Aero Hirsch Sedan by Reader Remo. Image: Remo Widler

From the lover's hand comes the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan from blog reader Remo. With Hirsch performance enhancement and accessories like the sport pedals and the deer rims not easy to find. Is for sale near Zurich.

Recommendation: Model year 2007 and 1.8t

The insider tip are the intermediate models from model year 2007. GM did what was necessary and took action. The interior and the technology were cleared out in two steps, and the body received a facelift a year later. For the 2007 model year, better materials were used in the interior. The leather became more durable, the cheap US plastic for the dashboard was thrown away. The vulnerable bus system and the navigation system were disposed of, the Swedes reached into the corporate shelves. The result was a very well-functioning air conditioning, an acceptable navigation solution and state-of-the-art sound systems.

The intermediate models wear the fur inside, which can certainly have its charm. Reasonable station wagons or limousines can be found for sometimes well below 10.000 €. The smartest purchase is the 1.8t engine. He is cheaper than Aero and Co, but it is the same base engine. In conjunction with Hirsch Tuning he makes almost 200 PS, which leaves nothing to be desired.

The V6 offers a lot of performance for the smaller purse - but only in the purchase. Consumption is high, the issue of timing chains should never be ignored. If it has to be renewed due to lengthening, a 4-digit amount is due. The 1.8i ranks at the lower end of the performance spectrum. He was never popular with Saab customers because without a turbo. On the internet you can always find well-maintained specimens with low mileage and very long service lives.

The 9-3 NG matured with the customer, and by 2007 at the latest it became a really good car. A long-term car, by the way, for which a mileage of 500.000 kilometers is no problem - if you rely on a petrol engine, which would be recommended in view of the diesel discussion. Incidentally, the pre-facelift 9-5 was never touched by the Saab hype, like the 9-3 NG. It is a well-behaved car for everyday use that offers individuality and safety for little money.

Unfortunately also a car for workshops without Saab experience and for the cheap provider with the 3 letters. If you are looking for a really good specimen in a well-kept condition, you have to bring patience, because even Saab dealers will hardly find any for the purchase.

17 thoughts on "Market check - Saab 9-3 NG prices (up to model year 2007)"

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    We also have 2 9-3 IIs. A 2010 9-3X with 100tkm and a 2006 19 TID SC with 200tkm. Both always well cared for. Although both have a full service history (including Im. Himberg) the diesel is causing us massive problems at the moment. While only the usual wear parts (coupling rods, 200x spring front, battery, brakes, LiMa and the typical diesel problems EGR and the flaps) were due up to 1tkm, it now mutates into roulette. Every second exit is good. No joke! Toothed belt torn because the water pump got stuck, then the diesel filter sensor broke (which required a fire brigade due to leaking diesel), then emergency program because of full DPF, then charge air cooler. Now he is standing again because he runs on idle and does not accept gas. We are really desperate because my son (still without a job) needs it for the way to the university (about 120km each way) and diesel is super cheap. I have a guilty conscience towards my son because he was otherwise very reliable. And he always loves and cherishes him. Now thinking of selling (regardless of the Dieselgate) because it has become so unreliable. Every second trip he stands ... sad, but the days seem to be numbered ... and I'm afraid that he will become a bottomless pit (with what we have invested in the last few months). Quite apart from the justified grumbling of my wife at the moment ... I see my 9-3X only very rarely and when on the week when my son is at home .... drive my wife's Smart Diesel ... at least a convertible :-). Hope you have more luck with your 9-3 II

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    Hello. I have a 93 Coupé Diesel "anni" year built 8.2001. km 330000 approx. Unfortunately, the engine control light has been on for at least 10000 km, no workshop got away. I have to say “Kid” is still running great, every month Berlin - Switzerland and uses approx. 5,7 l max. If you have an idea or tip about the lamp, I would be happy.

    • Assumption: wiring harness. We currently have the game with an 2001er 9-5. Difficult diagnosis. Solution: Bypass at the critical point.

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      Check everyone! Vacuum hoses. If you have been in the car since 330000km, just swap it. Costs little and often is the fault of a CE fixed.

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      It helps to disconnect the negative pole of the battery for about half an hour!

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    Regardless of the described here poor build quality and the slightly unsuccessful material selection in the interior, I personally find the Saab 9-3 II both (and in particular) as a sedan, of course, as a convertible anyway, but also as a combo absolutely timeless and elegant at the same time, which me Whenever you meet one of the above saws, you always put a smile on your face. Of course, this also happens with previous models or with the last built 9-5 NG, but the 9-3 II just did a bit more to me. In 9 years with the 9-3tid; 9-3ttid and the 1.8t had only minor flaws, so I do not want to contribute to the negative aspects, although these are certainly justified. I think this series worth preserving and consider the purchase of a properly maintained vehicle absolutely recommended. The interior design is absolutely successful in my eyes. The recommendation of Tom for the 1.8t engine in conjunction with Hirsch Tuning, I can only confirm. With a deer exhaust system makes the Saab then a little more fun.

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    The 9.3 II is worth rethinking as an alternative for the winter. However, despite all my concerns, I am currently staying with my 9.5 Diesel to “overwinter”, despite 280.000 km. Because the 9.5 NG should be preserved for a long time.

  • The red sedan is priced in quite pointlessly. Little equipment, unpopular engine and “last inspection at 34tkm” - that was a long time ago with the average annual mileage.

    The black Combi has no shark fin, but a rod antenna. I've never seen that before.

    After 11 years, my SportCombi now has 220.000km on the clock. There are hardly any signs of fatigue. The car is still fully suitable for everyday use, not from “the day before yesterday” and is fun. For someone who wants to get from A to B so comfortably, reasonably modern and reliably every day, a 9-3 II is still a good choice. Older models get various niggles with increasing age.

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    In January of this year I myself bought a 2.0T Autom. SC (blue, 04/2007 EZ, interior facelift, full equipment) cheaply (km 214tkm currently) - and I have to say, the best Saab I've ever had. No rust, stiff body, 1a engine. I recently had the gears flushed by T. Eckardt, who said the foreman, gears and engines were perfect. The design of the station wagon is timeless and even outshines newer models. I've been driving the car for 1 months now and haven't had any defects (although the car has been over 8 years). In the last 10 years I had several saws (12, 9000-9aero, 5-9III Hirsch step3 Cabrio, 2II), but my current one gives me the most pleasure so far - although it was the cheapest :) A lot of car for little money. Safe, fast and spacious and practical for its size - and well thought out. It's a shame there is no sequel. Best regards, F. Hirsch

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    Should not one secure the red one? Whether 1.8i or not ??

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      If you are looking for a vehicle instead of a vehicle ... Until you have repaired the possible damage to the vehicle, probably a pensioner's car, a lot of short trips and the car never got really warm.

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        If he stood immovable in a barn for 10 years, then yes.

      • Where is the problem? Once all the oils swap and a look in the oil pan. Then drive in carefully, a racer, he will not be like that
        For an 9000 with 150 TKm, I would be mistaken today, but not. He ran so little, he actually can not even be filthy.

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          You should not lump it all. It depends a lot on the history and the care condition. Mileage are, in both directions, minor matter the older the vehicle is. With a robust 9k or 900, I would not worry much anyway.

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            Well, we're not talking about a 911 from a Porsche collection, but rather a 9-3 which at the time was certainly not bought “to be put away” but most likely as a utility car. With the motorization, this is 99% a car belonging to an older person who drove it to the doctor or to go shopping. I would look very closely at what intervals, for example, the oil was changed. Wear, for example on bearing shells, cannot simply be “remedied” by changing the fluid. On the other hand, of course, not every high-mileage is automatically the better choice. If a car has been moved many kilometers over long distances, has regularly seen fresh oil, the wear is only minimal and often significantly less than with many of the so-called “pensioner vehicles”. Of course, you have to disassemble such an engine so that you can see it. The driving profile of many of these vehicles is very close to what Saab and other manufacturers describe as "difficult conditions" in their manuals.

  • The red looks really nice!

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    Good contribution! I would say a well-groomed 9 3 I brings in more than a former 9 3 II. These are typical Africa export candidates. Diesel is for the moment unsalable, unless you use Merkel's scrapping bonus 2.0 and switch to another diesel of the usual suspects. What a madness!

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