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.
Saab 9-3 II. A listless start.
This reminds me a lot of the classic Saab 900, which began life as Saab 99 and has been constantly improved and redesigned. At its premiere 2002, the 9-3 II was received with some skepticism. Not just the engine press, which almost obsessively engineered an Opel kinship that did not exist. 70% of the parts were pure Saab, the rest was shared with the relatives of the GM shelf.
The traders were also suspicious, and with good reason. The material selection in the interior was for Saab standards underground, the processing listless, and the longevity could have doubts. That there was only a limousine 2005 until March, we leave out the convertible, because it will get its own market check, did not make things better.
For this Trollhättan provided its own bus system and navigation, which had been developed exclusively by and with Saab. She impressed with unreliability and malfunction. For the first time, there was also a manual 6 gearbox as an option in the smaller Saab series. It came from Opel production, was inaccurate to switch and caused frustration. Many customers therefore resorted to the proven 5-gear Saab transmission.
The 9-3 II used car prices of the first years are in the basement
The 9-3 II was certainly the worst car Saab had ever delivered at its launch. But things got better. From year to year you could see a better build quality, even if the materials were cheap.
The used car market accurately reflects the product quality of this time. Used 9-3 II early model years are cheap to get. 2.000 or 3.000 € - and you're there. Particularly favorable is the entry, when it comes to a diesel. The used car prices are on the ground and are far below the comparable gasoline.
Up to the model year 2006 is the entry for a halfway cultivated copy well below 5.000 € possible. But beware: Important is a continuous maintenance history, and also rust is quite an issue. Even the stamp of the Saab dealer in the maintenance booklet does not protect against it. A close 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 at Saab, a beautiful fabric-leather combination in the interior. Significantly below 10.000,00 €. Would mutate with beautiful 17 "or 18" rims, original Saab course, to a real eye-catcher. Is in Böblingen for sale.
Saab 9-3 1.8i Edition sedan 2007 44.000 kilometers
The 1.8i is hardly popular, and I almost dare not write the word "winter car". How about this well-kept sedan, as a Saab winter car, when the 9-5 NG stays in the garage? No turbo, but better than the make and change potential for many winters. Is in Dusseldorf for sale.
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 of the model year 2007. GM undertook what was necessary and took action. In two steps, the interior and the technology was cleared out first, a year later, the body received a facelift. For model year 2007 better materials moved into the interior. The leather became more durable, the cheap US plastic of the dashboard came to the trash. The vulnerable bus system and the navigation were disposed of, the Swedes attacked the corporate shelf. The result was a very well-functioning air conditioning, an acceptable navigation solution and sound systems up to date.
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 budget - but only in the purchase. The consumption is high, the topic of the timing chains should never be ignored. Should it be renewed due to elongation, an 4 digit amount is due. At the lower end of the performance spectrum is the 1.8i. He was never popular with Saab customers because without a turbo. In the network you will always find well-maintained specimens with low mileage and very long lives.
The 9-3 II matured at the customer, and at the latest from the year 2007 became a really good car. A long-term car by the way, for the 500.000 kilometers mileage is not a problem - if you bet on a petrol engine, which would be recommended in view of the diesel discussion. By the way, from the Saab hype, as with the 9-5 NG, the pre-facelift 9-3 was never touched. He is a good car for everyday life, which offers individuality and security 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.