Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 19:23:08 +0300
From: "Jussi Arvio" <>
Subject: Re: 1999 9-3

> >New here and new to Saabs (maybe). I have been looking into a new or used car and Saab is one car that I like. I test drove a 1999 9-3 today with my fiance and liked it. It is a lease car for resale from a dealer and listed at 17,900 which seems rather reasonable considering the sticker prices of new Saabs. My question is this. Is there anything fundamentally wrong with Saabs of that year and make, glitches, bugs, etc. My fiance has a Subaru which is fritzy in many ways and we have discovered that it was just endemic of that model of that year and that situation is what I would like to avoid in this next car purchase. Any input would be helpful since I have never owned a Saab before and really enjoyed the driving experience today. Thank you in advance, John > > > >feel free to post or email me directly, thanks again ------------ Well, congratulations! You¥ve chosen a remarkable piece of art in the form of a car. It is almost impossible to find such a balanced structure as Saab 9-3. In this case, a car that is reasonably priced, well made and a dream come true on the road. For Your confort, Saab is a well-thought product. There is nothing fundametally wrong, but some minor things may occur (if You only seek durability, buy a Toyota). (!!!NOTE!!! The 900 -series starting from 1993 (the predecessor of 9-3) wasn¥t Saab at all. It was more or less Opel (yes, that¥s right)!!. After a few years of bad quality Saab had to intruduce a new model to satisfy all the earlier high-end Saabists. The factory even placed the keyhole back to the middle where it belongs to. The co-operation between saab and GM continued (and still does), and at least the quality jumped back to the original level) Oh, yes. You may wan¥t to check the SID panel. There can be some dead pixels. I¥ve found that this is not unusual on -98 -models. Perhaps this is fixed on the later models. Those new turbo engines are far better than the early versions (older Saab 900 -series). Low pressure means the engine will last longer. Although my neigbor still drives a full functioning -86 2L turbo, over 280 000 km:s driven. Remember, that Saab is a high mileage car, which means that 150 000 - 200 000 km:s is just a running in -mileage ;). Well, perhaps a car is never like wine, but Saab feels good to drive after years to come. It¥s not bad for a car that has kept all the basic structures basically unchanged over these years. Happy driving! P.S was it 9-3 on Seinfeld? Dharma and Greg definitely had a 9-3 cabriolet. This was just for fun ;) Jussi Arvio Finland A proud owner of a 1998 Saab 9-3

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