In Saab twin pack 661.000 kilometers

A Saab remains alone in rare cases. This is unusual with the Saab double pack of reader Marco nonetheless. Because his vehicles are relatively young, which in our case means year 2010 and 2011. Together they come on 661.000 kilometers. They are spread over an 9-3 Griffin and an 9-3x.

Saab 9-3x 2010 with 305.000 kilometers
Saab 9-3x 2010 with 305.000 kilometers

The Saab double pack

Both models are quite rare and have lovers status. There are fans who would prefer to pack a 2011 Griffin or a 9-3x in cotton wool and keep it for posterity. Marco lets them “eat kilometers” and is happy about his vehicles every day. He calls it sustainability and is definitely right. Viewed objectively, an object that is used as intensively as possible over a long period of time is best for the environment and the conservation of resources. The 9-3 Griffin reports 356.000 kilometers, the 9-3x “only” 305.000.

That does not say anything about the preferences of the owner. The reason that the 9-3x lagged a bit in terms of mileage, is due to his strong love for extended workshop visits. Living sustainability is sometimes not so easy, writes Marco. But he does not go into detail.

2011 Griffin with 356.000 kilometer
2011 Griffin with 356.000 kilometer

What can we learn from it? Do not be afraid of high mileage! The 9-3 series has proven to be robust. Reasonably maintained, long life cycles and high mileage are possible. The maintenance is affordable, because the technology is manageable and the vehicles still manage without excessive electronics and assistance systems. And if you then verkneift still the four-wheel drive, excludes a possible source of error. In any case, with an experienced Saab workshop at his side, nothing stands in the way of a long relationship.

But what we are still waiting for is the first 9-3 to crack the magic number of one million kilometers. These mileage readings have long been in place in the 9-5 I warehouse.

We continue to search for kilometer kings!

The submissions falter a bit, but the blog team is sure there is much, much more. The blog lives through the readers, so engagement is in demand! It does not have to be the highest mileage, it also counts age and sustainability. All owners of kilometers kingswho want to see their car on the blog are invited to send pictures and information. Next Saturday we continue, I present the next Saab Kilometer King.

18 thoughts on "In Saab twin pack 661.000 kilometers"


    I am a confirmed Scandinavian automobile, but the topic of (Sweden-) rust also irritates me.

    You (Marco) mention two inconspicuous Audis and within my family a completely rust-free and technically inconspicuous VW station wagon (Golf Variant TDI) was recently scrapped in favor of an exchange bonus and a new SUV (also a TDI) ...

    Understand that who wants. Cars are built there that are protected against corrosion for 50 years and still become obsolete after 5 years. And at the same time cars that rust after 5 years and are still somehow good for many years ...

    I do not understand that. I don't understand at all. But I can say for sure that the owners and their cars are fundamentally closer to me, who do not generate themselves as the spearhead of the throwaway society ...

  • Thank you for the nice feedback.

    The 9-3 was the last years mainly lantern parker and the rust is clearly visible from the outside. Meanwhile, the 9-3 spends at least half of its life in the garage and not outside. I do not think so for the cause. The 9-3X has the same parking situation, is completely inconspicuous until now and is 14 months older. In addition, there are two old Audis (Bj. 2000 + 2006), which are also mostly standing outside / and both are completely inconspicuous. It rusts with the 9-3 only my most recent car. My most recent car is the mileage but also the oldest car. To what extent this plays a role in the topic, I do not know. Overall, the corrosion theme irritates me a lot.

    Since yesterday, the 9-3 is because of the wheel arches in the workshop. The first feedback was not great. Just take a look…

  • We recently had our 9-3s examined for rust during an action at the ÖAMTC, where the camera probe looked into all areas and illuminated, and there was no rust on both except for the axle parts. Only at the door ne minimum point Combi. It was interesting that there was a thin layer of wax in the limousine in the right-hand cavity, but nothing on the left and exactly the reverse on the Combi. The vehicles are mostly moved in Eastern Austria or CZ and SK and are available in the carport or outdoors. At least that's the case with our 9-3s

  • Marco

    Thank you for the enlightening AW. An ATM is not cheap and, above all, it is completely invisible. That secretly testifies to one's own prosperity without showing it off. The “contrast to thinking in status symbols” has succeeded perfectly in any case. This motif is just as appealing as that of sustainability ...

    Either way, I wish you and the X have fun together.

  • I think you are doing a lot of things right - especially for yourself. The cars seem chosen, you stick with them, you care beyond a minimum (also address the issue of rust).
    Keep it up - people like you who are pleasantly calm, personable and thoughtful do not only need the SAAB world, no, the world in general needs. Thank you 🙂

  • I also see it as a statement against status symbols and for good taste, design, performance and safety - and all that Saab has been offering for decades. And by the way, it is also the thematic contribution to sustainability and climate protection.

    Unfortunately, the 9-3x lost many wear parts at the same time. But then it will be quiet for a long time! 🙂

    May I ask if the 9-3 is a lantern parker or a garage vehicle? The message regarding the grate fills me anyway with concern - I have not been able to find any rust at my two beauties (both year 2011). Can you easily recognize the rust of your two? Maybe I should take a closer look. At the regular service nothing was found and in the convertible last year I had a completely new cavity seal carried out in Kiel.

    Still good drive and a lot of joy with the two beauties and, despite all, hopefully many years with the two! 🙂

  • The engine has just underperformed 289 TKM and was therefore also in the green range mMn. I think that a motor does not break at mileage, but it can break. The same applies to most other parts. It was rather the accumulation in the short window of time that frustrated me.
    With corrosion I have more trouble there. The corrosion theme has been with me on the 9-3 for over four years (wheel arches, window sills) and the car is only 8,5 years old and is being well maintained.

    Living sustainability as a contrast to the throwaway society only partially affects me. I tend to see contrast with thinking in status symbols, and a higher-end car is a value in that regard. With few other things, you can identify your own wealth as well as with your car. The financial equivalent values ​​are known and tarifiable.
    I do not care, but I also have comments like "how long do you want to drive your old box yet?".
    Even if lived sustainability makes sense in terms of environmental and climate aspects, it will not become mainstream. I'm sure.

  • PS (@Marco (13: October 2019 at 11: 01 AM)

    I am just realizing that my comment was stupid. Marco did not make any statement about the age and mileage from which or from which the breakdown series of 8 months and 14 thousand km began ...

    It would be exciting to know how long the parts lasted. Exhaust, clutch, battery? Half of the list sounds like normal aging and normal wear and tear anyway - very close to the brake pad, a tire or oil change or a full tank ...

    The flywheel is probably related to the worn clutch and even a loader does not last forever. Ultimately significant and interesting remains the ATM. When was it due?

    Anyway, it's great that there are still drivers like Marco who buy their boxes what they need right now. That is lived sustainability and a very nice contrast to the throwaway society. Unfortunately, it is actually the case that many car owners nowadays the combination of worn tires and a defective blower as an alibi and argument for a new car seems to be watertight or sound ...

    This world needs more Marcos! ! !
    It would significantly reduce the consumption of resources and the emission to CO2.

  • funny Saab workshop that says that.

  • @Marco (13: October 2019 to 11: 01 AM),

    that sounds violent. And no technical connection whatsoever can be identified. With the drivetrain, you could still suspect a fitter (with relationship problems and residual alcohol) on an early Monday morning ...

    But this cliché is far from sufficient to explain the long chain of different suppliers and the failure of their respective and different components. How is something like this possible?

    Well, 291.000 Km later you have the first 14.000 well digested and can say that the trouble was worth at the beginning in the end.

    Continue to have fun and many accident-free kilometers with the two beauties.

  • Within 8 months, or just under 14 TKM, there was a new engine, turbocharger, clutch, dual mass flywheel, fuel line, battery, mop water pump, air conditioning compressor, blower motor and the front exhaust pipe.
    If at the third breakdown within 4 months the friendly lady from the ADAC greets you with the words, if this is the car they are always in trouble with, then something goes wrong. Fortunately, the situation has calmed down and the 9-3X is fun again.

  • The hint that my 9-3 should be Griffin came from a Saab workshop. I have not questioned that, but I'm too little in the topic. According to the above data, my 9-3 is clearly not Griffin.
    Now I have learned something again, even if that is a bit embarrassing for me, but thanks for the clarification.

  • That's pretty cool.

    661.000 km with only 2 younger SAABs, that sounds like there has never been a bankruptcy ...
    For me personally, this is a very, very nice kilometer king story. Thanks ! ! !

  • The extended workshop stays with the 9-3 x would interest me even more !?

  • Great thing! I'm a big fan of the last 9-3er.

    But, just for the record ;-): The 2011 is not a Griffin, as you can easily see from the snout, the non-trapezoidal fog light borders and the missing Griffin lettering below the side indicator. Not every year 2011 is a Griffin. The MY 2011 was built until March 2011, from April 2011 the MY 2012 (as far as it was built in 2011) - and only those were the Griffins, which you can see not only on the outer and inner facelift, but also, for example, on the significantly improved petrol engines (the diesels have remained the same from MY 2011 to 2012). For example, the Biopower Turbo with 163 hp was only available in the Griffin. The new engines also consumed significantly less. Unfortunately, even in the relevant sales outlets, especially by dealers, 2011s and even 2010s are constantly referred to as Griffins - although they are not. I have a TTiD SportCombi BJ 03/2011 myself, so no Griffin, and as a petrol engine a real Griffin convertible BJ 05/2011. So although only two months apart, completely different models. But both fantastic cars - only as a kilometer kings you are good with 170 or 70tkm (still) nothing.

    All the more I am pleased, here in this category sometimes a few faithful still young beauties to see! 🙂

  • Is this really a Griffin?

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