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Re: What's it like owning one of the
Posted by Sarunas [Email] (#804) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Sarunas) on Thu, 9 Aug 2018 09:45:45

In Reply to: What's it like owning one of the "new" 9-3s (GM)?, bender [Profile/Gallery] , Sun, 5 Aug 2018 17:05:02
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We have a 2011 9^3 Turbo^4 XWD sedan, purchased new from then still a Saab dealer in 2012, but already post bankrupcy. So formally not GM, more like Spyker... The car had “zero” mileage, but was sitting somewhere in the US port for about a year. Dealer installed new battery, I got new tires myself. No warranty. Later there was a free Saab Secure warranty introduced, covering mostly engine, as long as it's serviced at official Saab Services centers. That's what we did, first at Gary Blake in Exeter, NH (2h drive), now with the real Saab oldtimer, Dean Hill Saab in Charlestown NH (nearby) with the old Dean Hill Saab mechanic heading the operation.

The car now is at ca. 24000 miles. It's the only car in the household, but we only need a car for mostly short trips on weekends. My favorite — a country road with packed snow to a rural cross-country ski area. The car is pure joy then (but it's a public road with its limits). Turbo^4 is also a pleasure to drive overall.

Repairs so far:
1) Takata airbag recall;
2) Due to rust from low usage and bad wear had to replace all 4 break rotors.

White leather seats are still in great condition, maybe a few wrinkles on driver's seat. I treat them twice a year with Griott's Leather Care Wipes.

I'm not missing Bluetooth/USB/etc. not having any use for them. Even the AUX port is still unsed. I miss more analog dials giving technical info like oil temp/pressure, generator voltage, etc. (something I had on e.g. Porsche 924 decades ago...). I can see all that info and much more (XWD params included) using eSID, but it takes scrolling through menus...

So far the best Saab we had. If I could I would only consider a 2008 9^5 Griffin edition, which I had a chance to borrow for vacation trip in Europe once...

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_______________________________________ 2011 9^3 Turbo^4 XWD (current) 2007 9^3 2.0T SS 2002 9^3 SE 1998 9^5 2.3t

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