16 years ago Saab introduced the 9-3 sports suit. He expanded the range in the smaller model series and was eagerly awaited by dealers and fans after the end of the hatchback. With the sports suit, Saab closed the gap in the program that had arisen when the first 9-3 generation was phased out. Spontaneous 1 1/2 decades later, early station wagons have already reached the youngtimer age.
Many 9-3 sports suits have a high mileage, exceptions are rare. If you happen to come across an advertisement from a Saab specialist in the Netherlands, a little journey through time begins. Because the dealer advertises an unusual copy.
Saab 9-3 sports suit 2005 with a lot of equipment
A blue Saab 9-3 sports suit from 2005, with the 1.8t basic turbo engine. The smallest turbo in the program, which is highly recommended and cultivated. The 9-3 is not an Aero or Vector, the station wagon seems to be a linear variant. There were always deviations between the markets at Saab, which does not make the classification completely unequivocal.
However, in 2005 the customer ordered a lot of special equipment for his station wagon. Automatic, the large navigation and xenon light as well as an electrically adjustable driver's seat he packed into it. That makes the 9-3 interesting. The navigation is a Saab in-house development that caused a lot of trouble 16 years ago. Today the annoyance from back then has been forgotten, there is no longer an update for the navigation anyway.
But the war of buttons inspires, which is so wonderfully reminiscent of days gone by. At night, the illuminated cockpit is reminiscent of a Viggen Jet and looks gigantic. Drivers of a facelift model cannot enjoy the great show of lights, but they have the more reliable system.
Youngtimer with SID for Saab pilots
They also don't have the ingenious Saab SID that sits on the front of the dashboard on the pre-facelift 9-3. At night, and when the Night Panel is activated, it supports “day-seeing”. It takes the strain off the eyes and provides the pilot with all the relevant information. An idea from aviation that the HUD is currently adopting. Typical for Saab at the time, it was removed from the red pencil with the facelift.
The Saab 9-3 sports suit, which is a Dutch Saab specialists is for sale, has only run 47.000 kilometers. That makes it an exception, because station wagons are by nature commercial vehicles that are consumed and that rarely make it into the classic age.
The condition seems good, the signs of use are, as far as you can tell, within limits. Even known Saab 9-3 diseases, such as the peeling off of the soft paint, are only minimal and can be remedied.
Youngtimer to drive - or to put away?
Driving or putting away, that might be the question. Early 9-3 station wagons with a few kilometers will not be found. A Saab worthy of a collection? That could be. Or do you prefer to drive until the fuel is finally turned off and we are only allowed to drive with new electric cars?
I advocate the latter.
The disadvantages of 2005, such as the bitchy navigation system, no longer count today. But this Saab has guaranteed no assistance systems that monitor, educate and are primarily annoying. The price is reasonable. 9.950,00€ are the idea of the Dutch Saab specialist. Appropriate if the condition is right and suitable for a beautiful and rare representative of the Saab species.
With images from J & B Auto`s