You have to have it - Saab 9-3 OG Aero 2001

One of the most beautiful cars that Saab has built is the Saab 9-3 OG. Typical Saab design with a high recognition value. Just a hatchback. Or a semi-combination, as they say in Sweden. The hatchback era began with the 99, became a legend on the 900 OG, and continued up to the 9-3 OG. Then came the end. Saab wanted to grow up, seriously. Don't build a semi-combination anymore. How that ended with the seriousness is well known.

Saab 9-3 OG Aero 2001
Saab 9-3 OG Aero 2001

Life without a half-combo is possible

If you want to drive a classic Saab, it is difficult to get past the hatchback. Once he has found one, he would never want to be without it again. A semi-station wagon has a lot of space for life, is sportier than a station wagon, more individual than an SUV anyway.

Identification marks - rear spoiler and aero exhaust system
Identification marks - rear spoiler and aero exhaust system

Unfortunately, it is now a challenge to find a good Saab 9-3 OG. The rust prevention was not particularly high quality, conceptual weaknesses come with age. Sealing compound dissolves after 20 years, releasing water onto unprotected, overlapping metal sheets. At that time they were standard in body construction, today they are a real weak point. A Saab 9-3 OG needs attention, a knowledgeable eye and an owner who is willing to invest.

Electric Viggen seats - a dream
Electric Viggen seats - a dream

There weren't too many in the past. The high practicality of the 9-3 OG was fatal, as a cheap express transporter in the third or fourth hand it was used up. Many were exported to the east, where they still drive today and are in great demand due to their robust basic construction.

But who wants to do without this 9-3 OG Aero?

The 9-3 Aero from 2001, which is used in Sweden, could also be popular because it is rare and in beautiful condition Auction is ready. His story reads the way collectors imagine the world to be. The first owner was a service technician who took good care of the car and did not drive it in winter and cleaned it thoroughly after each drive.

Sober, businesslike and typically Saab - the cockpit
Sober, businesslike and typically Saab - the cockpit

The Saab was always in a garage, received a fresh service every 5000 kilometers. When the man died, his friend, who carried on the tradition of good care, took over. In 2020, after 19 years, the current owner bought the Aero and also moved it relatively little. In 20 years, only 78.500 kilometers came together and the condition of the Saab is correspondingly good.

Every collector's dream

The car appears rust-free, the underbody is immaculate, the interior is like new. A stone chip adorns the hood, but the traces of use are very limited. The Saab is in its original condition, just as the trolls pushed it off the production line in the Stallbacka in 2001. He was spared from extreme tuning, received no lowering and no bad taste improvements.

Power plant - 2 liter turbo with DI ignition
Power plant - 2 liter turbo with DI ignition

This is remarkable because the Aero has a 5-speed manual transmission and this automatically catapults it onto the list of endangered objects. Equipment and color are great, today the Saab would be considered a coupe with 5 doors. You have to have this car - if you can. There are no excuses. If I didn't already have a similar one, I'd be in serious trouble.

Immaculate sub-floor - this is rare
Immaculate sub-floor - this is rare

You have to have it

The Auction starts in Sweden on September 9th. The auction house sees the price in five digits, between 10 and 12.000 €. That is realistic, in Germany this price is paid for copies in very good condition with a higher mileage. But, that's the attraction of an auction, you can only guess where the bids will end up being. More expensive or cheaper, both are possible. Because you have to own this Saab.

With images from Bilweb

4 thoughts on "You have to have it - Saab 9-3 OG Aero 2001"

  • The 900NG and 9-31 are one of the most coherent and timeless bodies ever built. The 900NG is a bit more filigree, it's a shame that such beautiful cars are no longer built.

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  • I can help prevent rust that my 9-3 OG from 99 after a good 250.000 km only began to bloom on the rear wheel arches. Otherwise the car was in tip-top condition until it was dropped off.
    I think the color shown here goes wonderfully with Saab. I drive the 9-5 OG in stone gray.

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  • Nice background report - thanks for that.

    A few weeks ago I was actually able to secure a 9-3 OG Aero Hirsch with automatic, quite unplanned. Also in this chic steel gray and with a proud 280.000 km. Checkbook maintained from 2nd hand with a long maintenance history documented by Heuschmid.

    An almost immaculate interior and a neat body, we speak of careful handling of the previous owner. I will continue. 🙂

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  • Definitely a particularly beautiful specimen. I cry a little. Why does Saab no longer build cars 🙁

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