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
Der 9-3 von Stefan hat bereits mehr als eine halbe Million Kilometer Laufleistung auf dem Zähler. Der Saab wird nicht geschont, er ist das Dienst- und Alltagsfahrzeug. 2005 war Stefan auf der Suche nach einem Neuwagen, wollte eigentlich erst einen Volvo kaufen, wurde dann aber auf den neuen Kombi aus Trollhättan aufmerksam. Trotz, wie er schreibt, “absichtlicher Verrisse” in der deutschen Fachpresse bestellte er den Saab, der im Oktober 2005 geliefert wurde. Bereut hat er es offensichtlich nicht.
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.