Saab 9-3 II SC 2005 with 579.685 kilometers

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.

Saab 9-3 SC of 2005 by Stefan. Our today's kilometer king.
Saab 9-3 SC of 2005 by Stefan. Our today's kilometer king.

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 proof: 579.685 kilometers
The proof: 579.685 kilometers.

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.

27 thoughts too "Saab 9-3 II SC 2005 with 579.685 kilometers"

  • GREAT!!

    Incredibly impressive, what a fantastic car! And of course, the loyalty of the owner is very praiseworthy - which is indeed paid back to him diligently by his faithful companion. 🙂

    Maybe the end of Saab yes - in addition to the German-controlled distortions in the press - yes because of it? With other manufacturers, you had to buy a new car after 200tkm.

    Are you allowed to know what a brilliant engine is working so reliably? TiD? Or a gasoline engine?

    For the diesels, it has always been said that only the old taxi engines on the 200 D with 50 PS create such high mileages, the modern, highly-bred common-rail engines never. At Saab you can see again and again that there is another way!

  • KNAPP ...

    600.000 in almost 15 years are a real announcement and impressive quality certificate.
    It would be interesting, which engine is going to work so well ...

    Connoisseurs will definitely see it on the dashboard and on the green up to 6.300U / min?
    For me, unfortunately, only an unsolved picture puzzle ...

  • Very cool! The kilometer kings are pure psychology. Look, we are not alone. There are more people out there who have consciously opted for a long usage. Nice that there are SAABs!

  • Impressive mileage, shows that even the younger Saabs last forever
    I would have been interested in a photo of the interior, how does it look? Soft paint, etc ... where that can be fixed even if you want

  • My tid with 150 PS hacked on 175PS when I dropped it 357.000 km on the beautiful hump and it is still used in daily operations. The dealer said he is going abroad, but a colleague of his has fallen in love with the car and allowed himself here again. 😉

  • Gerade wurde ich von meinem technisch versierteren Liebsten aufgeklärt, dass es wegen des hohen Drehzahlbereiches ein Benziner sein MUSS. Dazu noch die Turboanzeige – das engt den Kreis der “Verdächtigen” entsprechend ein … 🙂

  • Grandios! Der Besitzer wird für die “Treue” ja auch perfekt belohnt…
    Have fun!

  • @Ebasil,

    on the small circle of the suspects (petrol engine with turbo) I came too.
    But what is it that spins kilometers so easily and reliably and is also so revving?

    Do not all 2,0 and 2,3 liter engines run into the red zone or electronic speed limiter at 6000 RPM?

    I'm typing on a V6, but I do not know ...

  • Man(n) oder Frau mag es gar nicht fassen das es in der “Kürze” der Zeit ein Fahrzeug schafft dieses Pensum abzuspulen! Das macht Mut auf Mehr und zeigt das der 9-3 II doch echte Saab-Gene hat und ihn weiter in den Fokus eines 2. Fhzg rückt. Vielen Dank

  • I rather believe that it is an 2,0T with 209 PS as I own it, albeit with a considerably lower mileage. The Aero version with 2,8 liter engine with 230PS is m. E. a rather thirsty representative and felt barely sparkling than the 2,0T. That's why I chose 2005 for the 2,0T, which I have never regretted until today.

  • Despite all the euphoria ... does the MKL shine in secret? Hopefully there will be no lucky streak ...

  • @saab_owl,

    it always lights up until the engine is checked and you're on the road and hopefully it does not mean anything.
    From my own experience, I could add that the MKL is not about capital engine damage. It also indicates a hose or connector or even a missing (electrical) contact. The MKL is rarely a reason to panic.

  • I'm also typing on the 2.0T with 209 PS (because my 130tkm is just retracted!) and what would interest me: the how many climate cooler / compressor. This is unfortunately the weak point of my two 9.3 II. my workshop said: risk of falling rocks

  • At least the MKL should not light up for more than a second or two ...
    The engine runs at over 1.000 rpm and is therefore probably fresh started. The MKL could be extinguished immediately after the recording or not ...

    Which engine and what about the MKL? This kilometer king is truly a picture riddle. I hope someday there will be resolutions.

  • The Aero should have been there at the time only as V6 with 250 PS, see

    Other turbo gasoline engines were available with 210, 175 and 150 PS, but all max. as a vector.

    Stefan, solve the puzzle and deliver us! 🙂

  • PS: The MKL shines but probably always with the ignition on until the engine is started (?). Climate-conscious Saab drivers do not let the engine run in a jiffy, just to take a picture!

  • Oh, picture puzzles are probably not exactly my strength! Of course, I did not even look at the tachometer. Of course you can see that the engine is running, as was rightly noted by the pre-commentators.

    Dear Stefan, we ask for the redemption and redemption of the riddle of the riddle or the raters! 🙂

  • The engine is running (see Tachometer).
    The question is, how long and whether the MKL should have been out?
    For climate awareness: All 579.685 Km to fire the engine for a picture,
    should go okay, or ... 😉
    If it had been just the ignition, many more lights would be on and the picture would be even more confusing.

  • That with the climate awareness should actually be provided with such a smiley,, but unfortunately I forgot - just like the view of the tachometer (just too much around the ears today ...). I had already seen that, but somehow the comment was released very late.

    What do you think - should the tension regarding the picture puzzle be increased? Or will the happy owner of this wonderful Saab still deliver us soon? 🙂

  • I think we readers have speculated enough and also kindly asked for clarification.
    Whether the proud owner gets carried away promptly to a corresponding redemptive comment,
    remains open, of course ...

    Maybe he and Tom have long since made other plans? Perhaps they have found the car and the solution to all riddles about it due to the comments of a second contribution worthy? Who knows?

  • 2.0 T engine - petrol engine - is driven with idR E10 - not deceived, but with LuqiMoli oil, which actually means 0,5 l / 100 km less fuel, but brings a different problem.

  • Sorry - please excuse my belated answer. The warning light is actually on and means; lack of emission control. It bothers me for some time and I think that has something to do with the changed engine oil ... It's an 2005er 209 PS strong 2.0 T, which is usually driven with E10 (since there is E10).


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