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.
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
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
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
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.