Bought new, 60th anniversary, ice blue met, roof rack & spoiler, 17" wheels, automatic, anniv leather. Now just over 50k miles on her (in storage for a while), never happier with her. She has plenty of power, gets decent mileage 23-24 mpg ave. Repl some bulbs (not incredibly easy to replace) and change oil ($100 or so once per year, mobil1 synth), that's really about it. Only 'maintenance' we've had was a set of rear brakes & rotors - pads burned straight through at about 20k miles, warranty refused, generally pretty pissed about that 'cause there's no way rears should wear that fast! My second Saab, and just bought the third, a low-mileage 2011 9-5.
Beautiful looks, aggressive stance. Interior is geared towards the driving experience, seats are comfortable and supportive. Subwoofer makes the stereo really sweet.
Better gas mileage would have been nice, wish i'd opted for the bluetooth comms system. Quirky, transformer-y dash cupholder won't handle the big gulp, but has been surprisingly robust (it sure don't look like it'd last).
Purchased a 2007 9-3 SportCombi 60th anniversary addition in Dec 09 w/34K mi now have 67k. Issues: two head lamps replaced for $25. Things to be aware of: Oil changes - 2.0t takes (6) quarts of synthetic oil only, so $100 every 6.5K miles will add up and it only takes premium gas. Gas mileage - City 21, Highway 27 = average around 23. Full tune up at 60K = $700 (dealer $1k).
It handles extremely well, very hard to break lose. Its quick when in manual mode (passing anyone is easy), the interior is well done, seats are great, the cargo capacity is astonishing and its a cover vehicle people have no idea how fast it is.
Off the line its not so quick, manual mode takes quite a bit of learning to maximize the turbo kick, the breaks could be better.
Listed con in Edmunds review: Suspension should be stiffer on Aero models, ride can be choppy over bumps...
So you want a stiffer suspension so that you can complain about the ride being choppy over bumps? Okay, got it.
My review: I've owned this car for a few years & feel if ever there was a time to write a review it's now. If I have but one complaint it is that the interior, while is nice overall, has components of it that just feel cheap. Acceleration, gas mileage & the quality of this vehicle make it a steal as a used car. Cargo room is awesome and the ease to fold down the rear seats is super handy.
210 HP Turbo.
Ease of steering.
The front seats are very comfortable and I've been told the back seats are comfortable as well.
Fuel economy, it's very nice to see an average of 30 mpg at 75+ on the highway and mid 20 mpg in the city.
Improve the window trim on the door, it's cheapish, get rid of the GM feel to the stereo and suddenly this car is all European.
Really like the looks of the 60th anniversary edition with the 17 rims. Black on black with the rear wing and front fog light. I get 23-24 at best. Highway you will get 27-28. Driving impressions: Stiff in the corners can be tedious on rough roads, lots of tire noise. Given this, it handles very well and passes like my VW GTI did. Corning is a blast with the manual mode. Inside impressions: Seats are really well done. The cargo area of the wagon is astonishingly roomy. Controls are nicely done and easy to operate. Back seat fit IS tight. The fit and finish are good, but a little cheap with some of the plastics. Over all though, it feels nice to sit in and look out of.
The cargo room - the wide open rear for loading. This is my first wagon, coming from a mid-sized SUV. Up-hill pull, cornering and passing power - reminds me of my old VW GTI with room. The seats are really well done and I found them to be better than fine on 300 mile plus trips. 28 MPG Highway.
In normal driving (I commute surface and freeway 40 miles round trip each day 23 MPG at best) Improve some of the loudness and bumpiness of the ride without losing the corning ability. Rear latch opening annoying. Back seats need to have more leg room. Better cup holders. Less plastic.