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Obviously $260 is ridiculous to spend. The headlight bodies should be ok, if the refelector surface is not totally dull or cheome plating has gone to the wind. You CAN buy Halogen XENON for less than $10 a pair for low beam on eBAY, OR, Buy a HID replacement kit, consuming only 35 watts per bulb, and giving almost twice the light than that of a 55w halogen, the kit will ... Read More
New to Saab, have been reading about this vehicle for last 8 hours, wasted my holiday but its about time i ask experts. I am not a tech* guy, don't know anything about vehicles and mostly one of those who will always say YES to mechanics on any repair :) I am from Edmonton, Canada and planning to buy a 2004 9-3 2.0T, vehicle has 220K kilometer (137K miles), and the ... Read More
Over time the plastic covering over the headlamps can become foggy (especially true of cars that spend a lot of time outside because of the harsh sun exposure). This cloudiness can absolutely affect your low beam performance (please dont drive with your high beams on :) ). You definitely shouldn't buy new headlight assemblies. There are products that buff the damaged top layer off. I believe one is made by a ... Read More
Headlight question: I dread driving at night with my low beams. It is like I don't even have the lights on! After washing my car I noticed the headlamp covers are getting old and starting to yellow. Could this cause a dim low beam? I was reading up on Halogen verses Xenon to see if I needed a brighter bulb. Arrrghhh, I need guidance on this. I also looked up the ... Read More
Hi Hoping someone can steer me int he right direction. I just recently pulled the 17" rims and tires off my Saab 9-3 because the ride was horrible! I went with a 15' rim and got a great private sale deal on them. The rims and tires came off of a Saab. The tires size is 205/55/r15. Now previously riding on a 17" this 15" is a whole lot better feel, ... Read More
I have a 2004 Saab 9-3 2.0t and i ordered and HID kit for the lighting...... The regular H7 bulb doesnt fit with the Xentec kit that i got.... What size bulb fits properly???? Anything helps people... PLEASE HELP!!!!
I had always wanted a saab. I wasn't very smart in my purchase, as I bought a '99 SE conv. I have been driving 40 years, and this is the worse car. The previous owners let it go, and I felt sorry for them as they lost everything 2 years ago when stock market plunged. She took me for a "ride" because she knew I really wanted this car. I have ... Read More
I have been dealing with the "gearbox malfunction" since I got my car in 2006. The dealer's answer was to "clear" the computer it would be fine - the funny thing about it was I have been complaining about this message since I bought the car with only 9,900 miles on it. About two months ago it came on again and I couldn't clear it and took myself to a local ... Read More
As a follow up to my prior message. As I have had to do research today I understand that there were known issues with the same problem with 03 9-3 Saabs and do not understand why there would not be a recall to correct this problem for any cars impacted. I am going to need to get the car fixed and I am going to sell it because I cannot depend ... Read More
I have a 04 9-3 that was purchased 3 years ago wiwth 17k miiles and now it has 47K miles. Yesterday I received the nice alarm notice Gear Box Malfunction. Was able to drive it home with car on last legs. I was pressing gas peddle and engine was reving but going slow.... after about 3-10 seconds car started to increase speed.... I had to have it towed to dealer and ... Read More
My husband and I are a devoted Saab family. We have a 2004 9-3 and a 1999 9-3 hatchback. The 2004 has 50k miles and the 1999 has 110k. We've been watching the news about Saab and our Saab mechanic says it will become increasingly difficult and expensive to get parts over the coming 5 years. We do not want to end up with 2 car payments at once in 2-3 ... Read More
I'm looking at 2004 9-3 Aero with 40k miles, how much are people paying for 5 year old Saabs these days?
We have a 2003 9-3 Linear (42k miles) which is really a fun car to drive (my wife particularly loves it). But I've almost had it with maintenance issues. Mechanically the car has performed almost flawlessly, but the lesser issues have begun to kill us. Here's what's gone wrong over the years: 1. 2003: TCS module went bad, replaced under warranty. 2. 2004 or 2005: many burned out headlight bulbs, followed ... Read More
I am looking into a 9-3 2002 or 2003 convertible. As a new Saab fan, are there differences between the 2 years - I have heard that the 2003 convertible did not make as many changes as the 2004. The pricing for the '02 is about $2000 or more less than the '03 however the '02 has about 20,000 less miles I guess I am wondering what are the benefits of ... Read More
Sorry to start a new line...but I am in desperate need of advice. My 2004 Saab 9-3 ARC had the transmission go out at 54,000, which as you know is 4000 miles beyond the warranty. Cost on the repair is $3500. The first scheduled transmission SERVICE on this car is at 60,000 miles. I contacted Saab customer service and Saab corporate to request that they contribute to the repair. They refused. ... Read More
Hello all, Just joined the group as a websearch found the forum. I have a 2004 93 Convertible (linear),which I use as a daily driver,and prefer for long journeys to my Porsche 911 C2. Today, however, the soft-top got stuck halfway open and would neither open nor close. The dashboard indicator said there was an obstacle blocking the soft-top, but nary a thing could I find. I managed to close the ... Read More
so, i recently purchased my 2004 Saab 9-3 arc...i absolutely love it so far. i used to have a rodeo and wanted to get back to a car...i never even thought about a saab until i found one online at a dealership near me with 32k miles, fact. warrnty., and all the great features for under $15000...i wanted a jetta or a honda for a while so i finally went to ... Read More
Don't fall for this pricing ploy!!!!The car is advertised as certified at that price......then the price is for a"certified car" not a "certifiable" car.This dealer is playing fast and loose with the certification procedure and the fact that is a two step process.In order for the car to be sold as a certified car it must go through a thorough diagnostic check and meet Saabs standards regarding brake wear,tire tread etc.Once ... Read More
I'm on the negotiations step of getting as used 9-3. Car was advertised for 17,000. I was told I could buy it for that price, or pay an extra for the "Saab Certification." My question is: Is the certification at an extra cost? It was advertised as a certified car for $17,000. Did I misunderstand? Does that mean it's ABLE to be certified? Thanks
Hey, I used the "turf" comment first - lol Has the car been dynoed? K&N is good for about 1 - 2 hp and an exhaust upgrade downstream of the cats is good for maybe 5 - 10 at most, though many net 0. I have spent a lot of time around dynos and most people are very dissappointed after spending money on these types of bolt-ons because they never deliver ... Read More
Glad you like the 9-5, but if you out running a V-8 Mustang, then they were not trying hard or it was really a V-6 made to look like a V-8. 1999 - 2004 Mustangs run 14.0 flat in the quarter out of the box. The 2005-2008 Stangs run mid 13's out of the box....both cars are sub 5.5 second cars 0-60 mph. The 95 Aero runs a 15.2 in the ... Read More
I,m clueless as to how the lease financing works. I see the 3.5% and 56% I need to know how to do the equation to see it in dollars and cents. I have a 2004 Saab Arc (lease) that is due to be up next month. I paid $339.00/month w/15k for 36 months. If soneone can tell me how to figure out the way leases are figured out at the dealership, ... Read More
Actually I like the Audi convertible too, BMW is also nice but Saab is different and uniquely classy. There is something about Saab that makes it more classy than any other convertibles. Wow your first car ever and you chose the 93 convertible? You've got taste and intellectually mature. How old are you, male or female? If you like the older model start with the 02 and 03 these are 93 ... Read More
My wife and I are thinking of getting 2008 vehicles. She has a 2003 Mercedes C240 estate wagon and I have a 2004 BMW X3. Both are automatics. We will both be 3/4's retired so want more fun vehicles than our very good but utilitarian cars we now have. Also, some punch is expected but we are OK with 4 cylinders if supercharged...we want 6 speed manuals. We are considering; Audi ... Read More
When various add on tinker toys mention with skirts or without, what are they talking about. I am a newbie owner of a 2004 with 10000 miles and want to add a tow hitch.
No matter what you buy, you just get less for trade-in period. Try to sell it privately if you can and get more money for your car. It's possible to find a good SS convertible in the low 20s and the OG vert in the mid teens. If the diffence is less than 5K I would go for the newer one. Remember the the 02-03 are the last years for OG ... Read More
Thanks for your response. I appreciate it. I like the style of the 02's and 03's also. I'm going to see an '03 on Saturday. It has about 40,000 miles on it but from the pics it looks to be in excellant condition. They are asking $17,900. From what I've seen online, that's about the going price. The 04's are in the mid 20's. I just want to ask you your ... Read More
The 02-03 is best car in term of reliability for the old generation. The 04 as expected has quite a few improvements, a more rigid body, matching interior top, and some extra electronics. Personally, I think the 02-03 MY are more classic than the current generation. Saab is a great car, very fast, fun, safe and reliable. Mechanically, Saab's 4 cylinder turbo charged engine is the best in world. Once you ... Read More
I've been reading a lot of reviews about the 2003 and 2004 Saab convertibles. The reviews aren't the greatest with respect to the 03's. Better on the 04's. The problem is the price for the 04's are about 6 or 7,000 more. I would like to try to save some money if possible. Can someone tell me are the 2003's that bad?? People are telling me to stay away from Saab. ... Read More
1)Cowl shake in '03 and earlier 9 series(9-3 or 900)is very noticeable .The body and platform date back to app.1993.The car was considered to be one of the best all around convertibles at time of introduction(1994)however Saab continued with the same chassis dynamics for an entire decade and the car was very much in need of redesign to be market competitive by the end of it's run in 2003.That being said ... Read More
I wanted to ask you if the armrest you bought for your 2001 Saab looked liked it was from the factory. I understand you have a 2004 now which came with the armrest in the car. Thanks for your replies. Good luck with the '04!! Steve
There is an accessory armrest available from Saab for the previous model. I had it on my 2001. BTW, we now have a 2004 convertible and loved both of these cars. Try this link http://www.stateofnine.com/page/stateofnine/PROD/Non-sliding-ArmRest or this one http://www.stateofnine.com/page/stateofnine/PROD/SlidingArmrest
$1495 is a little expensive for the extended maintenance plan. You can purchase this any time from any BMW dealer, until the car reaches 4yr/50K miles. As for CR, I've found them to be relatively on-target, when considering all the data from a broad spectrum. As always, your mileage (experience) may vary. Coincidentally, the only major problem I've had with my previous S40 2.4i was with the stereo (head unit) -- ... Read More
"BMW offers an additional warranty on top of their extended certified warranty for around $1300 that would extend my 50k warranty to 100k, only a $50 deductible would apply." If this BMW is truly a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) car, then it should already have warranty coverage to 6yr/100K miles. The standard warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for 4yr/50K, and the CPO warranty provides additional coverage up to 6yr/100K, with a $50 deductible ... Read More
I recently fell in love with saab (not chevy/subaru ;) ) when a brownish 9-3 zoomed past us on the way to denny's one night. It was IMHO BEAUTIFUL! I have no experience with saabs but some with swedes as we used to have a s60. I have 4 questions regarding the 9-3. 1. A i read about the stereo and i wanted to know if the arc had a good ... Read More
The Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan and the 9-5 appear to be the safest in their respected classes. These crash tests show how far Saab has come and also how much they are set apart from other manufacturers in unparalled safety. http://www.saabhistory.com/2006/12/22/iihs-crash-test-saab-9-3-sport-sedan-2004/- - http://www.saabhistory.com/2006/12/22/iihs-9-3-sport-sedan-crash-test-2003/ http://www.saabhistory.com/2006/12/22/iihs-9-5-crash-test-footage-2002/ There is even footage of the Saab moose test that Saab continues to do even today. http://www.saabhistory.com/2006/12/22/saab-900-moose-test-footage-1997/ Let me know what your thoughts are.
We had a 2001 SE Convertible, 3 years one warranty claim. Now we have a 2004 Aero Convertible. So far, one warranty claim. About the same as my 2005 Infiniti G35. Saabs are wonderful for us. The best seat heaters on the planet, competent handling for everyday driving. I'm sure that if we mspent time on a track, there'd be better choices but realistically the handling is perfect for the street. ... Read More
I'm currently in the market for a new car. My current vehicle...a Honda CRV...has been great...but now that it has reached 100K, I'm beginning to review other options, especially since my daily commute involves roughly 90 miles each day (I don't really like the design of the new CRV). In sum, I'll looking for a quiet, comfortable, fun to drive car with a few luxury touches, which leads me to consider ... Read More
Sorry to hear about your problems. It sounds as though the roadside assistance and loaner program is dependant upon where you live. I am in Southern CA and have nothing but good things to say about South Bay SAAB. I didn't go into all the details but the dealer even opened up the service lot specially for me for the tow truck to drop the car off (the service facility is ... Read More
Yes, I had this exact same thing happen to me last summer at around 18-20 months on my '04 9-3 Arc. The worst part was that Saab's so-called "roadside assistance program" would only tow the car to the nearest dealer (even though my dealer was probably no farther than third closest) and would not provide a loaner. Since it was a Sunday and I was out of town that meant the ... Read More
Hi, just a bit of information I learned the hard way. My 2004 ARC Conv(18K Miles). wouldn't start after having run perfectly. AAA couldn't jump start it, Saab roadside assistance came by to tow car, put jumpers on and it started Put battery on charge overnight, Sun AM it wont start again. Car got towed to dealer, who gave me a new SportCombi loaner off the lot (enterprise rental all closed). ... Read More
I originally posted this on the buying experiences site but thought I would give it a go here since I would appreciate some commments on the deal I am being offered on the following vehicle: 2004 Silver 9-3 Aero Convertible (black top) Auto Tans'n 18000 miles Two tone gray leather int Multi Player in-dash CD Condition appears to be excellent all round with the exception of some scuffing of the passenger ... Read More
I had similar problems with my 2004 9-3, but I found a way to work around them. It appears both the problem with going back to the first preset and the viewing of "Hey Ya" are related to the RDS system. As for the "Hey Ya" problem, you must have held the preset button and saved that station at the same time "Hey Ya" appeared on your SID. To fix this, ... Read More
"I have a 2004 9-3 Linear. I also have Sirius radio and use the FM transmitter to listen in the car. I really want to hook it up direct but this stereo does not have an AV input. Everyone keeps telling me they can not upgrade my car with a new head unit. Of course Saab can but they only have XM. Any else have this problem? " Get the aux ... Read More
I have a 2004 9-3 Linear. I also have Sirius radio and use the FM transmitter to listen in the car. I really want to hook it up direct but this stereo does not have an AV input. Everyone keeps telling me they can not upgrade my car with a new head unit. Of course Saab can but they only have XM. Any else have this problem?
Hi Everyone, I have a problem when advancing my radio presets using the steering wheel. If I listen to stations 3,4,7,8, or 11 for more than 5 seconds and hit the next button, the station will automatically go back to preset number 1. After two years this is getting to be annoying. I have been to over 5 Saab dealers in the LA/San Diego area and no one has a solution. ... Read More
I just have to put in my 2c worth. In March I traded in my 2004 RX8 MT for a 2.0 Arc Convertible AT. So I have owned and driven both cars back to back. Performance of the RX8 is far superior to Saab, 238HP vs 210 in a lighter, RWD car, can only be better. Gas mileage is the cost, the best I got in the '8 was 22MPG on ... Read More
The 2003 and 2004 Saab 9-3's had tons of problems, so the dealership told me. I purchased an 06 9-3 2.0T have close to 2000 miles on it with no problems at all. This car is amazing and so fun to drive. Realiabilty isn't an issue so far.
My wife has a 2004 9-3 Arc, automatic, with less than 20K miles on it. We live in the pacific northwest where we have been experiencing considerable weather below freezing. On several occasions, when the weather has been cold, we have experienced the same thing you describe. The car will not turn over. Everything lights up, but it acts like the car is in gear as you desribe. We have been ... Read More
Hi Everyone, I'm very concerned with 1) safety, then 2) price, then 3) looks, and I want to spend around $25,000. Also, I'm tall and like head room and decent lumbar support. For safety results, I've been consulting both IIHS and Safercar.gov. The IIHS site lists rear crash tests, which is very helpful. I could buy a Subaru - dowdy, but great visibility - but it has no Electronic Stability Control ... Read More
I would appreciate some commments on the deal I am being offered on the following vehicle: Silver 9-3 Aero Convertible (black top) 2004 (sold in Jan of '05) 18000 miles Two tone gray leather int Multi Player in-dash CD Condition appears to be excellent all round with the exception of some scuffing of the passenger side A pillar and the expected wear of the seats. Carfax comes back clean. Asking price ... Read More
Well Saabs typically aren't geared for comfort, as some Lexus, Mercedes and Cadillac models are. A Saab is one of those cars where you either like it or you don't. I happen to like it because its a nice blend between comfort, performance, and economy, but I don't drive one because I need something reliable with not a lot of depreciation. (although I would have done some hunting for a new ... Read More
My 2004 Saab 9-3 arc stopped dead on a main road and the steering wheel locked up. The key was turned to the off position without putting it in park. The car was towed to the dealer and they can't find anything in the computer memory and they can't reproduce the problem. Has anyone had a similar situation or have you heard of something similar? I don't feel safe picking the ... Read More
Horrible real world resale value makes Saab a much better buy used. On the regular 9-3 thread there have been posts about the 99-02 9-3 being a better built car. before buying try to locate a local independent mechanic who will work on a Saab. If you do buy, use autobarn dot com and order some Brembo brake rotors, Brembos even make hum-drum Taurus much more fun to drive. Ebay usually ... Read More
Hello, I'm on my 3rd Saab 80, 86 and 93...they used to be great cars and very comfortable....but I hear reliability has suffered since GM took them over...I think they are finally getting back to being a good choice though and I'm thinking about a new one.... my 93 conv has 124k and keeps running and running with regular maintenance...did have to replace the manual tran at about 115k...they are expensive ... Read More
Hi. I am considering purchasing a saab 9-3 and wanted to get some advice as I don't really know anyone who owns one. I was wondering how mechanically reliable is a 2004 or 2005 9-3? And if it breaks down are repairs/parts expensive. Also would you consider it to be an overall good car. Thx, your help is very appreciated.
Hi. I am considering purchasing a saab 9-3 and wanted to get some advice as I don't really know anyone who owns one. I was wondering how mechanically reliable is a 2004 or 2005 9-3? And if it breaks down are repairs/parts expensive. Also would you consider it to be an overall good car. Thx, your help is very appreciated.
I'm only a year into the ownership on my 2004 Jetta.... but looking at the discounts on the Saabs, it seems silly to not jump on the chance to own another Saab, for the same amount per month that I'm paying for a VW! I'm going to look at them today. My question is, with the employee discount, can you bury negative equity into it? I'm only upside down by $900, ... Read More
With the GM pricing getting you a '95 Arc for about 27K (reasonably equipped), what would a 2004 still unsold go for??? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
I've had my 9-3 Linear since 11/2002. I now have 31,000 miles. The following is a list of the problems I've had so far: 2/2/2005 30,900 Miles Turbo problem occurs again. No boost. Suspension making a lot of noise going over bumps. Will have dealer check out both problems. 1/12/2005 30,191 Miles Turbo problem. No boost. Dealer repaired loose wire on pressure sensor. 1/12/2005 30,191 Miles Fuel filler cap fails, causing ... Read More
I can't decide between the new 2005 Acura TSX and a 2004 9-3 with low mileage. I'd buy a 2004 TSX but I can't find one in my area. I've always loved Saabs, but everyone I know who's owned one has told me to go with the TSX. Is buying the 9-3 a gamble? Also, since GM purchased Saab, are the maintence costs lower? My sister has a '95 Saab and ... Read More
That is a good price! I bought a black '04 9-3 linear in February of 2004 for about $23K. It's a stick and has the winter package and the nicer wheels. I really love the car. Very solid and less trouble that the Audi A4 I owned before. The bummer is that I have to sell it now because my family is growing so we have to buy a ... Read More
Leased 2004 SAAB 93 Arc Stick Shift in May 2004 8 times in service so far 2X Locking sytem failure, 1X Stability control failure, Window will not close, 2X sunroof will not close, Power steering problem - new pump etc. I have 8,500 miles and I am tired of taking this car to service almost every month. 2year lease, corporate office said that thay can not do anything to get me ... Read More
Hi I heard that the 2004 93 Sport Sedan Aero does not handle well in the snow and that it needs snow tires on all four wheels? I also heard that Saab has a standard package of 4 snow tires and rims? Is this true?
IIHS has begun a new type of crash test, focusing on the effectiveness of seats and head restraints in preventing neck injuries in rear-end collisions. In recent years, a number of manufacturers (like Saab) have introduced "active" head restraints and modified seat designs meant to reduce whiplash injuries. Previously IIHS used a crude static measurement of the geometry of the restraint. Now they're taking the actual seat assemblies and putting them ... Read More
I've had a 2004 9-3 auto Arc since January and have put 8500 miles on it. There are definitely some problems with it, but my impression is that, on average, it is only slightly worse than the Japanese competition, and certainly no worse than most of the non-Japanese competition. With any car you take your chances and the 9-3 is no exception as some of the less fortunate posters to this ... Read More
2004 Saab 9-3 Arc + metallic paint + automatic + sunroof + touring + xenon + cold. MSRP = $36,175. Purchased new off the lot in September for MSRP - $6,485 = $29,690. Fairly relaxed negotiation. SF bay area.
The deal was a new car. It was not a pleasant transaction which was closed at the end of September. I do think you can get a simlar or better deal, even the manager and the salesman said they couldn't do it better than that. BTW, the salesman wasn't happy at all, and I don't think he would like his name posted. Good Luck.
Thats a great deal. Was it a demo or new? Can you refer me to the salepersons name, I want to stop by and see about a similar deal thanks
Base+Auto+Sun Roof+Paint=30070 MSRP - 5300(off)= $24,770
Please provide me with the details of your deal. What options? MSRP? what did you actually pay? Im looking to purchase a linear or arc in central nj. Thanks
Paid MSRP-$5,300 at Paul Miller SAAB, NJ. for 2004 Saab 9-3 linear.
New crash test results posted yesterday: "The better performers among vehicles that earn good ratings are designated 'best picks.' The Saab 9-3, which also earned a 'best pick' designation in the Institute's frontal offset crash test, is the first car to earn this designation in both front and side crash tests. It's a 'double best pick.'" http://www.iihs.org/news_releases/2004/pr100304.htm Perhaps this will help get the 9-3 some of the attention it deserves. One ... Read More
I tried to order a 2005 9-3 Linear through the military program, but they deleted auto-climate as an option, no more head lamp washers as part of the cold weather, body sills are not available in body color (only black), and no fog lights. To many changes so I bought a 2004 Arc they had available. Everything except xenon, park assist, and sport wheel package for $29,700.
I need an opinion. I am looking to purchase a new 2004 9-3 Aero which is black, has the cold weather package, and a sunroof. It is a 6 spped manual transmission. The MSRP is 35, 080. I work for Indiana University which is a GM Supplier and the "discount" for that is 33,712. They are offering me a $4000 cash rebate which would bring the price to $29, 712. The ... Read More
I am in the market for a sports sedan around $35k. I have driven the Acura TL and TSX, IS 300, the new Volvo S40, the Maxima, and at the end of the day I am in love with the Saab 9-3. My question is what changes will be made for the 2005 9-3? Should I wait for the 2005 models to come out or search a 2004 model with all ... Read More
I am considering 36 month lease on a 2004 Saab 9-3 Linear with a number of options for a MSRP $32,200.00. Salesman offered up a price of $27,700.00 (add NJ sales tax 6%). Out of pocket expense total of $2,710.00 including $1,500.00 down as cap reduction. Payment to be $346.00/month. I do not remember the money factor (.00175? maybe)or the or the residual per centage. Are there any manufacture to dealer ... Read More
I admit that I made mistake(s) and will have to live with the consequences. I also admit that I have a negative attitude about the domestic manufacturers -- as I said before, as an American I am embarrassed that domestic auto manufacturers refuse to make world-class products (for thirty-plus years American cars have consistently lagged the Europeans and Japanese on quality. A run that long isn't by accident -- assuming that ... Read More
1st let me say, my 03 9.3 arc is the most pleasureable driving car i've had in years, previous drives have been bmw530, benzE3204matic, volvo 850's. dealer in shrewsbury new jersey has also been exceptional, although i've only visited once for an oil change, brake squealing problem and tech11 changes. the front brakes squealed occasionally, the dealer acknowledged the problem and replaced front pads - have not had any problems since ... Read More
I disagree. Particularly if it is merely a speaker problem, a manufacturer committed to quality a) would never have put them into any model year production, and b) WOULD have retrofitted the vehicles with the better speakers, at least for those people who complained. I was very happy with my 2000 9-5. As a result my wife also leased a 2002 9-5, and my sister in law a 2002 9-3. So ... Read More
I found a new untitled 2003 Saab 9-3 SE convertible (it is a 2003, not a 2004). It has 100 miles on it, a manual transmission and the sport package (17 inches wheels, spoiler, etc). The dealer is asking $33,500 and according to him the MSRP is $10,000 more. How low can I go? What reasonable price can I propose? How much profit is the dealer making by selling it at ... Read More
Namaste Kohinahi, While I agree with all your assessmnents my wife has a diffrent opinion. She loves her 325i and is not a big fan of my 2004 9-3. I drive both cars and agree that the 9-3 has a much better ride and feels much quicker. The one thing I will say about the BMW is that it has much better curb appeal. People always say "nice car" to her ... Read More
http://www.fitzmall.com/carfind/resultsb.asp?Search=NEW&ID=10- 17180&photo=SA04304M&loc=FCG&mall=FD&year=2004&am- p;mk_code=SA Above is an example of recent SAAB pricing - very tempting.
Thank you all for your prompt reply!! I greatly appreciate the advice and the help with the pricing.....I'll target the invoice which I guess is kinda' close to the supplier discount less the $3500 discount. I'm not the kind of person who'll nickel and dime, as long as we get the car we want and its close to this price - I'll be happy. I'll probably have the car in the ... Read More
I bought my ARC last June at invoice minus 3,000. The dealership showed me all of the numbers and unfortunately my contact at GM lost his supplier coupon so I lost out on another few hundred off. BTW they are the only SAAB dealer for 60+ miles in any direction. I also love driving the car. One trick that has worked for me in the past is if you intend to ... Read More
Let me also share my “tipnee” (pronounce as ‘tip-knee’ – Hindi equivalent for ‘2 cents’). Ever since the TL came out in 1998 (me thinks!) that was the one car I wanted. So now that we could finally afford one we decided to test-drive (I had my checkbook with a signed blank check!) the new 2004 TL. I had just driven my buddy’s new 2003 3.2TL on which he got a ... Read More
Hi! I don't know if I'm going to be out of protocol by asking what people paid for their cars, but forums are meant to help the average consumer and so I'll take the jump and ask what people are paying for their 9-3 Arcs?? We are looking to purchase an Arc and any help with price and the corresponding detail in options would be greatly appreciated.....Currently, I think I might ... Read More
I forgot the last half of my question in the above post so here it is: Does your parking brake and matching accessory handle ( the exact word of the thing fails me at the moment but as an owner, you likely know just what I'm talking about...) have huge, rough areas of flashing along the mould parting lines? All 4 of the 9-3's I've been in had them. One was ... Read More
I've held off buying a Saab for the moment largely because I find the dash too shiny and the infotainment center too confusing for using whilst driving. After seeing the interior on the SportHatch and fully understanding that it is 'concept' material, I wondered if GM would simplify and handsomize the instrument center stack in the 9-3 series. Any idea when/if this may happen? Dr. Daryl, with an enquiring mind............. PS: ... Read More
Thanks for all of your feedback, I will give them a call.... My wife's car is in the shop so I let her drive the Saab and I took the rental supplied by insurance. Not a bad car, 2004 Mazda 6 but I am ready to take my Saab back! You cannot compare the ride or the well thought out features. The red dash display is very distracting at night, we ... Read More
You should return this car, it is unsafe. Here in the discussion group I remeber few people were able to return the car when they complained to saab. Minimum you might be able to do an exchange i.e get a 2004 saab if not money return, which has much lesser problems. Do update us how it went Best of luck
First to answer 200493aero, I had a 2003 9-3 SS w/17" wheels, sport suspension, (no longer available for 2004 on the ARC), auto.trans., and the engine light came on and I also lost full power. The car reverted to limp home mode. The next day the light went out and the car was fine. No codes came up when I brought the car to the dealer. I also had the stalling ... Read More
After picking up my 9-3 yesterday I was told that somehow the brake pads that were used on the 2003 had somehow made it on to my 2004. That makes no sense to me unless Saab (GM) had left over 2003s and is selling them as 2004 models... Very strange. Either way, they put new pads and rotors on the car and it is fine. No squeal and it actually stops ... Read More
I too have had problems with brake squeal, on my 2004 Arc. It started after 3 weeks and 600 miles. Last week I had it in for the 30 day inspection and the service person told me that he has seen this phenomenon by people who brake lightly (?) in the last few feet before stopping. He blamed brake dust (the occurrence did coincide with the car getting dirty for the ... Read More
Just purchased 2004 Saab 9-3 Linear and have been quite happy with it for the first week. After 179 miles I've noticed that the brakes (after driving for a while) squeal like crazy! I'm talking loud to the point that the girl at the drive through covered her ears when I pulled up. Called the dealer and was told that was a problem on the 2003s and my 2004 should be ... Read More
I'll answer the questions I've heard answers to by Those Who Know. 3. The 2003 headlight washers were/are problematic and have been changed for 2004. The Vector name is still copywrited by Gerald Wiegart of the late Vector W2 hyperexotic. The licensure fee for Saab was astronomical so the Vector line has been dropped. It's too bad because that's the trim level I liked...sports chassis, metallic trim, standard body. The comparable ... Read More
I asked that this discussion be reopened, as we are considering buying a 2004 9-5 Linear Sport Wagon through this program. Has anyone purchased a car through this program lately? I have the same question as Dafohosman: can you negotiate the price - the deal now is 9% off of the MSRP, but can I negotiate the MSRP? Second, and I plan to call Saab about this since I've requested information ... Read More
Only having had my 9-3 Arc a couple of weeks, I am not qualified to answer most of your questions. But I have a couple of comments: The 300W stereo sounds decent, but it's not what I would call spectacular. The sound quality is acceptable, but it doesn't play as loudly as you might expect, particularly the rear speakers. I did not drive the Linear, so I can't comment on its ... Read More
Hello. We are currently considering purchasing a new sedan that will be used for rush-hour commuting, occasional family activity (we have 8-month-old twins), and the occasional blast of enthusiastic driving. That role is handled by our 1998 Volvo S-70GLT light-pressure turbo. As owners of Saabs: 1. What do you feel Saab has over Volvo? 2. What is the cost of a typical oil change? 3. What is the cost of replacing ... Read More
For 2003, the 9-3 Arc had real wood trim (poplar was the type of wood). It was determined that the look of imitation wood actually had more appeal to more people and "wood finish trim" became standard on the 2004 9-3 Arc. Your local Saab dealer's parts dept. should be able to set you up with metal finish trim for the 9-3 Arc. These kits are available through Saab Accessories and ... Read More