As for the 9-3 II, he had prejudices from the beginning. The dealers were skeptical. At his presentation, they scented too much GM in the new Saab. And longevity one did not even accept. What was the issue? Maybe because the second generation was so visually different. No hatchback more, instead sedan and station wagon. Saab people can be terribly old-fashioned and vindictive. At any rate, the prejudices were not confirmed.
The second 9-3 generation proved to be durable and reliable, an internal statistic revealed years later a lower GM share of components and rights than the 9-3 I. So really good was the 9-3 II but only with the introduction of the station wagon when Trollhättan got the initial difficulties under control.
Saab 9-3 II SC 2005 with 579.685 kilometers
Stefan's 9-3 already has more than half a million kilometers of mileage on the meter. The Saab is not spared, he is the service and everyday vehicle. 2005 was Stefan looking for a new car, actually wanted to buy a Volvo first, but then became aware of the new wagon from Trollhättan. Despite, as he writes, "deliberate misrepresentations" in the German trade press, he ordered the Saab, which was delivered to 2005 in October. He obviously did not regret it.
The compact Swedish station wagon has since unwound 579.685 kilometers, its owner appreciates him as reliable and unproblematic. Of course, the machine is still the first unit. He does not think about a new purchase, quite the contrary. The current mainstream would not be any better anyway, he writes to me. He sees the reason for longevity and reliability of the Saab among the designers and the consistent emphasis on quality. He also praises the dealership Mühlbauer in the background waiting for his Saab 9-3 II reliable.
Under these circumstances, it seems almost certain that the 9-3 could crack the million mark. Stefan, please let the editors know when the time comes!
This coming Saturday, I present the next Saab veteran. All owners of kilometers kingswho want to see their car on the blog are invited to send pictures and information.