Market check. Saab 9-3 II from MY 2008.

The market review for the Saab 9-3 II until model year 2007 went online in August. With a short delay, the market observation for vehicles from model year 2008 to 2014 was planned. It then took longer than expected. The market has changed dramatically in recent months.

Saab 9-3 sedan. Image: Saab Automobile AB / Archive

The prices for used 9-3 II diesel are still in the basement, the entry already starts at just below 5.000,00 €. The demand seems low, the downtime is high. The selection is relatively good, because around 2 / 3 offers are self-ignition. Those who are not afraid of impending driving bans can get in extremely cheaply.

While the diesel seems to be stuck in demand low, the prices of petrol are stable to rising. Whereby you have to realize that there is no appreciable selection. Wanted are 2-liter turbocharged engines, less the V6. He is thirsty, but fun. Less in demand is four-wheel drive, and automatic is not on the popularity scale far above. The fans preferred to have a 2-liter full-turbo in the Aero Trim, with just a few kilometers, at a tolerable price of under 10.000 €.

And there is almost no such thing. Even switching to the 1.8t, which can be increased to almost 200 hp with the help of Hirsch Performance, is hardly possible. The market is very limited and you can feel that Saab was able to deliver quantities for the last time in 2008.

I still found some nice vehicles. They are all well above the threshold of 10.000 €, so you have to live as a prospect.

Saab 9-3 sports suit 2010. Pour Noble Cars. Photo: Noble Cars
Saab 9-3 1.8t Vector Sports Suit 2010. 91.000 kilometers.

The sports suit comes from the short Spyker era from Saab. That alone makes it rare, the mileage of less than 100.000 kilometers can hardly be found either. A beautiful vehicle that requires a Hirsch performance upgrade and turbine rims - and would then be a real eye catcher. It is for sale at Noble Cars in Gießen.

Saab 9-3 2009 with good features. Photo: Car Schaab.
Saab 9-3 1.8t Vector Sports Suit 2009. 114.111 kilometers.

A very well equipped 9-3 Vector is available from Saab Auto Schaab in Lemmer / Netherlands. With navigation, xenon, leather and 17 ″ rims, it actually leaves nothing to be desired. Difficult to find in this equipment. The import to Germany is easy with CoC.

In principle, the selection in the Netherlands is much more productive than in Germany. While prices tend to be higher, the difference has narrowed in recent months. Germany adapts itself, which owes mainly to the small supply of gasoline engines from model year 2008. Buying a 9-3 is almost without risk. Beyond a few minor weaknesses, the compact Saab is an economical long-term car. The spare parts supply by the Orio AB is good, with temporary weaknesses. From time to time there are gaps, which have been quickly closed.

Nevertheless, one must pay more attention than ever to the condition. In the trade, vehicles with reduced maintenance and bad condition are increasingly appearing. The age and urge of many second- and third-party owners for cost-effective use beyond the Saab world are leaving their mark. You should also look closely at reimports from southern European countries. The care conditions are very different. The terminology of what is meant by a good condition often varies widely.

A special position take the Griffin models and the model year 2014. 9-3 Griffins are hard to find in Germany. If they come on the market, then the price can be imaginative or even cheap. After all, there is no real exchange of supply and demand here because of simple non-existence. In addition to visual differences and an improved interior, it is above all the strong direct-injection turbo engines that make the Griffin interesting.

Equally full of imagination, the prices for the model year 2014 can be. In Trollhättan more or less assembled by hand, they have probably the most well-tuned chassis of all 9-3. In Germany there are only a few of them, in Sweden there are always some which are on the market. Saab fans usually pay the price that NEVS wanted to sell off its employees. Under 25.000,00 € is only in exceptional cases something.

Saab 9 3 Aero 2014. For sale in Trollhattan. Photo via
Saab 9-3 Aero Turbo 4, 2014, 65.000 kilometers

A real bargain could therefore be this second hand 9-3, which is for sale in Trollhättan. The fair price is well below € 18.000, which makes the Saab very interesting. For all vehicles of the 2014 model year, there is the option of increasing performance to 260 hp through Hirsch Performance. The relatively compact Saab becomes a true athlete.

Entry into the Saab world was not easier and, above all, not cheaper in 2017. Few vehicles meet constant demand. The trend is particularly noticeable in the convertibles, which will be tested in the next market check.

7 thoughts on "Market check. Saab 9-3 II from MY 2008."

  • One question about the 9-3SC in Gießen: the design of the leather surfaces of the front seats with the narrow marquetry stripes is also known from the 9-5 (unfortunately, the artificial leather often tears here), but who came up with the idea on the back seats the large leather surfaces top and bottom colored? Again, you would have to sew small strips. That looks like collected, I think.

    • Maybe there was not enough leather in the MY10 for the seats

    • Since the previous owner has probably made an upgrade or downgrade. Normal at Vector Level are, depending on the market, both variants. But not combined in a vehicle.

      • I would say that the picture of the back seat does not belong to the car. I can not imagine that someone also exchanges the color matching door trim with strip

        • Could also be. Who passes by and solves the puzzle?

  • The Trollhättan Aero is interesting. Who has experience with the import from Sweden?

    • I introduced a Saab 9-3 BJ 2014 from Sweden less than a month ago. The ADAC gives you help, and help is also listed on the internet. There are no big difficulties! I introduced the car on Monday and changed the car the same afternoon. The problem is: The seller has to leave the car logged in, this means a certain confidence of the seller to the buyer! A German insurance does not accept the car and the day or week approval is not valid abroad!

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