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Dear Maw3, One of the postings referred to the saab franchise as the stealership and I am not so convinced that is fiction anymore. I have owned Saabs in some form since 1977 and for the most have been happy as they were safe reliable cars. My wife owns a 2003 9-5 Linear with a very similar problem that is being described in multiple spots in the forum.. The story is ... Read More
I am in the market for a new car, I have test drove a couple of these cars....and love them! I am coming off of a BMW 528 wagon, which I will miss dearly, but it is not in my budget right now to buy another. I know that Saabs can be pricey to repair, but over all, what are some of the major issues with that year? Also, are those ... Read More
car is in NJ so there is some wintery/snow conditions. Most of the mileage is highway-based. What do you think?
Depends - which part of the country does the car come from? Wouldn't recommend this if you get a lot of snow/wintery conditions. Also, I assume the mileage is mostly highway-based. Correct?
I'm thinking of buying this car with the following features. Is this a good deal? I keep reading about reliability issues with this car: * 2003, Saab 9-5 Linear, ~76K miles, 4-door sedan * Black exterior / beige interior * 4 cylinder turbo engine * Avg. Mileage: 20 city / 29 highway * Automatic transmission with manual option * Harmon stereo with cd player * Always taken to dealer for regular ... Read More
My 2000 Saab 9-5 Hot Aero Estate has developed a similar problem. I had the transmission oil changed and that fixed the slipping for 6 months but now it has returned. Not sure what is best. I have only noticed the problem when cold and in reverse and 1-2. Once the car has warmed up it functions normally and I haven't noticed any slippage 2-3. Did you fix your problem?
Just speculating here on Saab CPOs which go for six years or 100K from date of service. I think it's correct to say that right now Saab will only CPO cars that are 2004 or newer. But suppose that an '03 Saab had been turned in at the end of its lease, been CPOed (good for 6 years or 100K) and resold. Then suppose the second owner in 2008 trades it ... Read More
What does "Saab Cerftified" from a Saab dealership really give you? Also, I thought there was a mileage cutoff, not just 5 model years on cars which receive SC.
The only place you can purchase a Saab Certified used car is at and through a Saab dealer.....NO exceptions!The Nissan dealer is playing fast and loose with the definition of what "certification"means. The other point would be that even a Saab dealer cannot sell an '03 model under the terms of Saabs program.The program covers current model year and 4 previous model years('07,'06,'05,'04).You are basically being offered a service contract with ... Read More
I am considering purchasing a pre-owned 03 saab 95 aero that is at a Nissan dealer. I have never purchased a certified pre-owned vehicle before. When they are certified and are covered for 45,000mi powertrain, is Saab honoring this coverage, the Nissan dealer, etc? Also, any feedback about this car before I purcahse?
I don't have an extended warranty on my Saab but my experience is that dealers offer only one extended warranty, which is the one offered by the manufacturer. There can be different levels of coverage available, but all from the manufacturer. Extended warranties are expensive and in fact it's not impossible that a dealer will make more on selling the extended warranty then he will on selling the actual car.
Do all SAAB dealers offer the same extended warranty, or each dealer has its own favorates?
9-5 is a good car provided its properly maintained. Parts can be pricey and labor if done through a dealer. However, the dealer is the best place to repair because they know the vehicle and save you money in long run. I had saab and service local and spent more money trying to figure problems out that dealers fixed easy. I will not take her to anyone other than my dealer ... Read More
I have 85K miles on my 2003 9-5 Linear with the 2.3t and 5 speed automatic transmission. At a little over 60K the transmission started slipping intermetently between 1-2 and 2-3 shifts. I had the transmission serviced with a complete flush at around 65K miles. A few weeks ago it started slipping again and seems to be getting worse but only acts up sporadically. I can go the route of another ... Read More
ANY Saab that is current model year or any of the previous 4 model years can be certified (2003 would be the oldest eligible year)providing the car has less than 60k.miles and passes the Dealer certification checklist.The fact that the car is still under factory warranty is irrelevant.Coverage is for 6 years or 100k. miles from Original warranty in-service date.Coverage is identical to original factory warranty with the exception of Audio ... Read More
I am in the process of buying a 2003 Saab 9-5 Linear (2.3t). It has a little over 48k miles and the cost is only $12,400. I am buying my in-law's off of their lease. I'm just paying the residual. I have a few questions. 1) Is this a good deal? 2) I have the option to extend the warranty and certify it...does anyone know the cost of this and should ... Read More
I am interested in purchasing my first SAAB due to it's safety record. Can you tell me if you think this is a good deal. 2003 9-5 with 41,000 miles $15,900. From my untrained eye it appears to be in Excellent Condition. Available at a dealership and is Certifiable for an additional $1,000. However, this will only give me an additional 22 months on the warranty. Thanks, 3RDDEG
And if you mix in Consumer Reports you'll likely get a third opinion to further confuse you!lol!My suggestion is this: go from the general to the specific....and by that I mean put more weight on future reliability for either of these individual specific cars by checking their service and warranty histories.I am presuming you are buying from a Saab dealer and if so this info should be readily available .I strongly ... Read More
I got the info from MSN,they said the reliability for 9-5 wagon made in 2003 is better than 2002 and 2001.But, I still got the info from JD Power, they said the reliability for 9-5 wagon made in 2001 is better than 2002 and 2003. It really confused me. Anyone can help me? I'm gonna buy it soon. Thanks.
I bought my 01 9-5 at the end of its 3 yr lease. I did not get any additional warranty (still had 1 yr left on original warranty). Sold it about a year and half later with 92,000 km (off warranty at that time) - no problems with the car post warranty and no serious problem while under warranty. When I bought mine, the dealers used prices were typically a few ... Read More
I own a 2003 Saab 9-5 3.0 V6. It was a demo that I bought off the showroom floor with about 8k miles on it. I'm very happy with the car overall - no major problems so far. I've always serviced it at the dealer. Change the oil every 6 mos or 5k miles at the dealer (synthetic). Currently have about 51k miles on the car. Don't drive a lot, obviously. ... Read More
I love my Saab 95 although it's mainly used around town with only the occasional long trip. On a long trip today I noticed that hot air was coming out of the centre console instead of cool air. It was a nice mild day with the outside temp ranging from 18C to 20C but with 18 C selected [on Auto setting] cool air was coming out of the front vents but ... Read More
KBB says your car in excellent condition in my zip code is worth 17750.Not too out of line, I suppose. Maybe you should make them an offer and see what they say. As to the warranty, is it being sold by the dealer? Is it bumper to bumper? Do you have to pay for it all up front? Is it transferrable in case you decide to sell the car for some ... Read More
I am leasing a SAAB 9-5, 2003 linear which is coming off lease at the end of the month. It will cost me approximately $19,000 Canadian to purchase it. I was thinking of purchasing the car as an additional vehicle for my kids. I am looking for any information on what it is like to purchase a 4 year old Saab with 65,000 km in terms of repair frequency and cost ... Read More
I purchased this car as a "demo" from my local Saab dealer. Car had about 8k on it. I currently have approx 48k on the car and I love it! No major problems. I have had the car serviced at the dealer since I've owned it (first three year's scheduled maint was included). The recommended oil change interval is 10k miles as I understand it, but I change the oil at ... Read More
I don't know what tires are currently on your car. I own a 2003 Saab 9-5 Arc with a 3.0 turbo V6. The original Pirelli's wore out pretty fast and I replaced with Yokohama AV 4's that I ordered from tirerack.com. I am very pleased with the Yokohama's. My experience may be different from yours so you will have to do your own research and make your own decision. You might ... Read More
Haven't checked this site for a long time since I had Saab repurchased my car in 2004. Checking back to this site again and I am not too surprise to see a lot of people still have problem with the 2003 SAAB. I can certainly understand what you guys have gone through; see if I can help to make any constructive advice here: Starting with key problems I still remember I ... Read More
My wife and I hate the car buying experience. So in our 24 years of marriage, we have owned two cars each. We drive them into the ground, then go get another one. It has been 13 years since my last car (a 1993 Mazda 626). And I had almost talked myself into buying another Japanese car--a Honda Accord (sensible, practical, and really quite nice.) It had the three things I ... Read More
All saabs have the WB and good crash rating for years. I had a six also on a 99 SE 9-5. Good GM motor, but I wouldn't buy one used unless it was certified for a few years by Saab or you know your way around under the hood. Very expensive to work on after the warranty is out, tight fit in the engine well, won't get the high miles of ... Read More
Most will recommend Aero but I like the softer ride and more comfy (for me) headrests, and lower price of the Arc/SE V-6. I like the 2002-2003 Arc's as they had many features (heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, weather channel, improved crash ratings, 5 speed automatic, great stereo, etc.) that were not available on the 1999-2001 or were "decontented" in the 2004 version when they went to the 4. I ... Read More
Check out a Subaru Outback. I have owned 2 as well as a Forester. Currently drive 2003 Saab and 2006 Subaru Tribeca. Love the Subarus!! Jerry
Hello Everyone- I'm considering a 2003 9-5 (4 cyl, 71K miles) as a potential candidate in my search for a newer (and a bit nicer) vehicle. My primary goal is to drive whatever car I select another 100+K miles and enjoy it. I've seen many of the criticisms around the repair history of the European cars, but I'm really taken with the styling. And I like the bit of luxury they ... Read More
Now Saab Says not to Upgrade Crank Vent! Bulletin.htm12/2004) NEW 9-5 Crankcase Vent / Oil Leak si210-2417.pdf 10/2003) 9-5 Crankcase Ventilation / Oil Leak fix .pdf 2002) I had this service preformed by SAAB Dealer in Feb 2005 - $409.00 DO-NOT-DO bulletin issued by SAAB in 12/2004 Do you think Dealer should refund my money since they SHOULD have had knowledge this was to be immediately stopped by order of SAAB ... Read More
just got a letter from saab saying that they now guarantee my engine ,a 2003 aero 4 for 8 years unlimited mileage provide that i have done all services ,which i have ,above and beyond. changed my oil/filter every 2500 to 3000 miles and transmission fluid every 5 or 6,000 miles. but when the warranty expired i threw out all the oil purchase receipts i did my own work most od ... Read More
This has happened to me 3 times on my Saab 95 (1999)----Dec 2003, May 2004 and today....just stalls...once onthe highway luckily was heavy traffic so no one hit me....no warning...engine lite comes on and stops....should we write into NHTSA's Office of Defects to complain not sure how the process works with them..
blckislandguy................ Thanks for the input regarding my exhaust/gas smell in the cabin area upon idle. I took my 1999 - 144M SE to my local SAAB Dealer and they diagnosed a collapsed intake hose and such. I then checked with 2 other independent repair facilities and it appears that SAAB released a Technical Service Bulletin in 10/2003 for this very problem. The solution is a replacement hose package and apparently replacement ... Read More
I drive a 2003 9-5 Aero, and I decided to use 16 inch winter rims and tires. It is true that steel wheels will not fit over the larger brakes. I was able to get relatively inexpensive SAAB alloy wheels directly from my dealership.
Generally I love the car. Handles like a dream, fast as all heck. Two small things, would appreciate comments or suggestions: 1/ Have 25k on the car, oxygen sensor has been replaced three times. Unusual? 2/ Lug nuts on wheels are totally rusted out. Think Saab would make good on these? Appearance issue. Just fyi the car is the 3.0 V6. Wonder why they no longer make this engine? Problems?
I have a few questions for you Saab experts: 1) I am looking at a "new" (100 miles on the odometer) leftover 2003 9-5 Aero loaded to the hilt (still has plastic on the seats, etc.) that is selling for $29,900. According to Edmunds, the TMV for this car with the exact options is as follows: the trade-in value is $26,291, the private party value is $28,099, and the dealer retail ... Read More
I got a lemon 2003 93-Linear. It was bought in Sept 2003 and has been to the shop for 15+ times. I am in the process finalizing the refunding deal. I originally wanted to get a new SAAB (the replacement option) but am seriously looking into the repurchase option (with SAAB buying back my lemon car) after reviewing consumer feedback from different websites. I have been trying to find someone who ... Read More
Hi Tami- A used Saab is an excellent value because of their rapid depreciation. I recommend a 2002 or later (I own a 2003 Linear) because of the redesign that year - not many new features but many refinements. There may be fewer Arc's and Aero's on the used car market just because of the lower volumes of those vehicles sold. The 4-cyl Linear has plenty of power on the freeway ... Read More
Driving: 99' SAAB 9-5 Mileage: 75 K Problems: None until 2003. Then it became a nightmare. I have a catastrophic failure of A/C Compressor and Clutch. Shortly before then I bought an Extended Warranty for 100K at Nationwide Warranty. WARNING: Don't BUY IT! The warranty is administered by MBA DIRECT out of Scotsdale, AZ and they don't give a damn about your car. All they want is to have your money. ... Read More
I am the owner of a 2003 Saab 9-5 that has about 4,000 miles on it. So far everything has gone pretty well with it except for one problem. When the car has been driven for several hours the control panel overheats significantly. It seems to be due to the climate control system but the overheating affects the audio section as well. The control panel becomes extremely hot and very hot ... Read More
Glad they made it straight for you. Knock on wood our newer 2003 Aero Wagon has been perfect thus far. We'll see in 60K or so though. Consumer Digest and some others have noted that the quality improved dramatically from 2002 onwards. If you don't go with Saab there is Subaru if you need a wagon. The redesigned 2005 is supposed to be killer. The Mazda 6 wagon is supposed to ... Read More
Knock on wood, our 2003 Aero wagon is running great. Is yours a 2003 or 2004 Aero? Talk to the dealer but also send a note to Saab thru their website. Saab can't afford a reputation for quality problems, particularly on their flagship. They were already fighting a bad quality rep form the cars in the 80's and early 90's. Did the physical lock mechanism work, pulling up on the lock ... Read More
I own a 2003 saab 9-5 with 40K on it (I drive a lot). On my recent 40K service, my dealer told me that my front brakes only have 25% of their wear left and that I should consider replacing them at 45K. He told me that he MUST replace the rotors at the same time. All told, I am staring at $500 for the job with the rotors. Can someone ... Read More
by paulr11 - 'By the way why do most Saab owners usually talk about how fast the car can go to the virtual exclusion of anything else. I could offer some reasons and opinions but I would like to hear what others have to say about this." I am new to the Saab following so I can't speak for the past. I am a big fan of our 2003 Aero Wagon. ... Read More
Congrats on your new Camry. Nice Car - Booring!! ;-) Too bad about your old Saab. I read that the ones prior to 2001 can be a problem. 2003+ are better I hope, so far so good, no problems. When I see you on the highway I will try not to blow by you too fast. ;-0
My local SAAB dealer has three 2003 9-5s that did not sell new and he has now moved them over to the "used" lot...they each have about 300 miles on them. All are Linear with the automatic as the only option selected. I was shopping for a used 9-5 and wanted the arc or aero becasue of the horsepower, vent seats, and all the other goodies but this is all they ... Read More
We got about 5k of of our Aero wagon we bought last year. I wouldn't be surprised if you can get 8K now(Bummer for me). Oh well ;-) Now to the look of the 17" wheels on the Aero. That is part of the Aero sporty look. In no way is it racer or ricey, its very understated. The wheels are no different than the look on the BMW 5 series ... Read More
We have a 2003 Aero Wagon with automatic and have had no problems at all. I have taken it in for the routine oil changes and the 10K service and that is all. We are getting good gas mileage. The car runs really well. I would recommend it, think about the Aero for just a bit more $$$ if possible. Whatever you get, opt for the heated and cooled seats if ... Read More
Unfortunatley for some, the older Saab models particularly those of pre 2000 had many reliability problems. Though according to Consumer Reports, reliability has improved signifiacnlty since the 2001 model year. Our 2003 Aero Wagon has been buzz, rattle, glitch, and bug free, thank goodness. Besides with OnStar Roadside assistance and diagnotics, I am not overly worried.
Saab Reliability - We have been fortunate since we purchased a 2003 Aero Wagon. I have read that prior to 2002 the (-5 could be hit or miss. We have had ours for 1 year in December and have not had one single problem. Saab Aero vs Others - This is tough, as I am a big Saab fan. But there are some nice sedans out there. I like our Saab ... Read More
I am researching and testing a BMW 330i (with the performance package), a G35 Coupe, a Mazda Rx-8, a Lexus IS300 and a Saab 9-3 Aero or 9-5 Aero. After driving Saabs for years (and driving a 99 9-5 SE for four years) and testing the G35, I was ready to make the switch to Infiniti. But now I read about the G35's various problems with brakes, paint, etc., and I ... Read More
Aside from paint color, wheels, minor skin work, is there any reason to not get a new '03? Also, I want to put a Nokia phone in, is it better in the long run to go with the Nokia Hands Free kit or does Saab still have the phone wiring kit, would that be a better route?
Hi Never posted here before - in fact never visited the discussions - but I thought that I would chime in here. I bought a fully loaded demo 2003 with the 3.0. Car had abt 7k miles on it, sticker was almost 42, paid 30. Now have 15k on the car, I love the heck out of it. Fast, agile, comfy, attractive, well-finished interior. Had one computer related problem with the ... Read More
I have a 2003 Arc SW with 18K miles and love it. The car grows on you. The headlights are very customizable by your dealer via the Tech II settings, but I am not sure if it would be legal in Canada to activate the halogens. As far as the stereo, SAAB & HK are aiming for sound that is very pure and deliberately does not introduce added bass that is ... Read More
Took delivery of a brand new 2003 9-5 Linear Wagon on october 2nd (my birthday!). End of year deals were great and I got mine for around $38,000. Expensive you say?!? Forgot to mention those are CAD dollars (around $US27,000), including premium and Touring package. I substracted another $2,000 from my GM card for an extremely sweet deal! After having owned a Volvo 850 wagon and a V70 wagon (both non-turbo), ... Read More
I was given to understand by a Saab dealer that the current incentive does not apply to the 2003 Aero and Arc and can only be used for the Linear. Carsdirect.com applies the incentive to Aero/Arc. With the incentive, the Aero becomes very attractive. Thanks for any information.
I am driving a 2001 9-3 too. I think 2003 9-5 Aero is around $34-35K now because of the incentive. It's probably a better deal than the 2004 9-5 Arc now. I hope Saab will use the concept AWD Sport wagon as the new 9-3SS Viggen and put at least 300hp to the 9-5 Aero.
Aero 2004 is the same as 2003. I bought my 2003 2 months ago and got $6000 off. Could have been more, but the dealer had to find the right car for me. I'm very happy with my choice over anything else out there i.e. Audi, BMW or Infiniti. I am planning on getting an extended warranty just in case. Saab Aero is a great value, but it will depreciate.
I am posted to Germany working overseas as a civilian and was shopping for cars through military sales and priced a 2003 Aero. They could get me a LOADED Aero with all the bells and whistles for about $36,000. Is this a good deal compared to what people are getting back in the states after negotiating? I saw in a recent post that people were getting $6 -$7 off of MSRP ... Read More
Thanks Robb...it may be the same clunk in steering column. I am back to dealer for drive with tech tomorrow. As a Subaru owner I automatically go to Edmunds, I forgot about the other Saab cite. Jerry
I drove both the 4 and 6 and I preffered the 6 (auto trans). 6 is a much smoother engine....the 4 cyl was a bit buzzy and the torque of the 6 (vs the 4) meant that there was less downshifting. I leased my Arc 3.0t so I don't care about resale value in 2006...Saab's problem. There are some killer deals right now on 2003s..OMG....$6K to $7K off MSRP on window ... Read More
Your friends comment about the 6 vs. 4 is bogus. The Saab 4 is a GREAT engine and will probably out last the 6 currently in use. He made a general statment about 4 cylinder engines which is just not correct IMO. The previous Saab 6 in '94 & '95 was horrible and dropped very quickly. I had one and even though I didn't keep it long enough to experience too ... Read More
I have a thumping or clunking sound from the front end when I drive over bumps. I also get a feeling in the steering column that something is loose in the front end when the wheel is turned or when I go over bumps. The dealer replaced the left front sway bar link at 5k, also "checked all suspension components, retorqued front suspension bolts and lubricated bushings". This seemed to help ... Read More
I am looking at the 2003 Saab 95. It is a 4 cylinder turbo charged 185hp. It is recommened in Consumer Reports. I am also looking at BMW 325xi which is 6 cyl and 184 hp. Saab is 7K cheaper. But I was told by a friend that the 4 cylinder engine will not last as long as the 6 cylinder. He also said the turbo will only last 60K miles. ... Read More
I was at the Saab dealer getting the DI Cassette replaced off my 99' 9-3 with 75k miles. The nice service manager acted like it was a typical wear item. When I asked why they fail, he said that because they are placed on top of the engine, the engine heat (and temperature changes) causes them to need replacement. Also, my second SID has failed, $380 for a new one installed. ... Read More
did it....2003 Saab 3.0t....white/tan. I love it. 39,975 MSRP....paid $34,975....got $6500 for my 1995 Volvo 940T Wagon with 61K miles (no leather or sunroof). too bad they are dropping the V6 next year...the 4cyl feels rough..idles rough....sounds like a 4 cyl honda. They have 2003 95 Linear Sedans for $30K! gorgeous cars (even though they are 4cyl). I'd take a Saab 95 over a Passat V6 any day for that money. ... Read More
4 months ago I finally got a Saab. I have always wanted one and with the great discounts being offered my husband agreed that now was the time to get one. I love how sporty the car is, how well it handles and its speed (I traded in a Lincoln Navigator for it - big change!!) Unfortunately I am having several problems that I am hoping are not indicative of how ... Read More
Have had my 2003 9-5 Linear for approximately one month now. After having had a '98 Audi A4 and '01 Volvo S60, this is - by far - the most fun and "best" car I have had (I say best, because long term quality of the car will have to be proven). Had been looking at the 3.0 Arc, but decided on the Linear with the 5M transmission. Was, in my ... Read More
I just purchased my first Saab. My previous cars have been Hondas, Nissans, and most recently a Subaru. All have been good cars. The Nissans had a few ignition module problems in the 80's. When I bought my 2003 9-5 linear I was looking for used AWD safe European cars (Audi,MB,Audi,Volvo). All were nice cars but CR says they have dependability problems. On a whim I stopped by the Saab dealership, ... Read More
From what I have read and in conversations with techs, the newer 2001-2-3 Saabs are pretty darn reliable. We have a 2003 and it is perfect. If You are going used get as new as you can.
I was browsing at the local Saab dealer on Sunday (they were closed) and I noticed several new 2002 9-5 Arc sedans on the lot. I am looking for a cash deal. Does anyone have an opinion as to what would be a reasonable offer to make for a new 2002, net of all incentives and promotions and considering the fact that the car is a year old? How much of ... Read More
Time to get back to my roots..turn in the Jimmy and get a new SAAB. I am interested in the 2003 9-5 5-speed Linear sedan Was quoted $7000.00 off the MSRP of 35,045 GG metallic .This price incentive also includes $ 500.00 previous owner rebate. Seems to be a pretty good discount..any thoughts as to whether I can push for more? Thanks Peter
Wonder re the demo deal if the car qualified for 0% for 3 years? Or did you plan to pay differently? I am looking at a 2003 9-5 ARC which stickers at approx 41000 with the touring package and 6000 miles on it. Carsdirect says a new one is 33897. I bid the dealer 31 for the demo and he said no way, but we're still talking.
Just bought (leased actually) my first Saab. 2003 9-5 aero all options. I had to work pretty hard to get my price. Wondering what other people got? I was able to get it for 1000 under invoice. With Saab's 1000 cash back incentive (or $4000 if you use an outsourced lease), I think I got a pretty good deal. I mean Saab right now is using a money factor of 0.0009! ... Read More
Hi - Does anyone have info on the latest SAAB dealer incentives (Jan 2003)? It seems like there is conflicting information on the various web sites (if at all). I am considering an 03 AERO with 0% financing or a leftover 02 9-3 convertible with 4.X% financing.
You should be able to get invoice price on a Saab Wagon. We shooped around in So. Cal and even Vegas. We fell for the Aero Wagon and got a good price. They dropped $4500 for a loaded 2003. Deals can be had. Saab of Orange County or Findlay in Henderson Nevada
I got an '03 ARC Wagon in the new Merlot, and it is beautiful. Getting plenty of compliments that although not a traditional SAAB Color, like silver, , it works!--Looked at hazelnut, and it looks like too mousey brown IMHO.
Try http://www.carsdirect.com - they will show you a decent price with the rebate factored in.
I keep reading messages about the great Saab deals people are getting and would appreciate some pricing info from the board "wizards". I am ready to buy so I need all the ammunition I can carry to the deal. I have checked the TMV on Edmunds and I know that there is a $4,000 'rebate' being given still. But what is a good realistic price for a new 2003 Saab Arc ... Read More
I know this sounds dumb but can anybody comment on the new Saab colors. My dealer doesn't have all the colors and I just can't buy another silver anything! Has anyone seen the "Hazelnut"? Do the dark colors drive people crazy due to dirt /scratches, etc because they sure are pretty! My son's suggestion that for $800.00 bucks you can "have it painted any color" did not really help much with ... Read More
Bretfraz - While I'd like to be as helpful to the board here as I can, the "other factors" I mentioned were probably situation- and dealer-specific. It was month-end/year-end, so that motivated both of us. After an initial phone call (and a $30K offer over the phone!) I came in as the prototypical "I'm ready to buy today" customer, and that usually creates a condition that shakes a few dollars off ... Read More
Was planning on another Saab, this time buying an Aero (I have a 2000 9-5 SE coming up to lease-end). Local dealer still has a new 2002 Aero 5-spd that he offered for $31,500 (MSRP is $40K and change). This includes $500 owner loyalty and what I think is a hefty discount. Am concerned only about the reputed turbo lag and sloppy shifting, which my brief test drive seemed to confirm. ... Read More
I just read Warren Brown's glowing review of the 2003 Volvo XC90 2.5T in Sunday's Washington Post. Brown calls it a crossover SUV. I'm sure this subject has been discussed here from time to time, but I was wondering if any of the regulars here know of any plans for a Saab AWD. As owner of an older Saab 900S and a later Subaru Legacy wagon, it has long occurred to ... Read More
I know Saab has been using turbos for decades....But that doesn't seem to be enough of an arguement to say the turbos are trouble free. It's like all domestic manufacturers have been making cars for decades too. But they still have questionable reliability. However, I will consider your suggestion of using Mobil 1. What weight does the manufacturer recommend? And are the turbos made by Mitsubishi? I would like to get ... Read More
Based on my calculations, you should be able to get an Aero for around $32K. Invoice - $37157 Dealer Cash Discount - less $4000 Lease Discount - less $1000 New invoice - $32157 Based on the above, I don't see why a Saab dealer would not take about $32500 for an Aero, especially since Saab is in such bad trouble financially. Also, Saab has a 2% holdback which contributes more profit ... Read More
I'm planning on getting a 2003 9-3 (waiting for the Arc next spring). Unfortunately, where I live in Chicago the only dealer that is remotely convenient to me is Perillo. Perillo has a lousy reputation (amongst my friends anyway) for customer service. Moreover, their Saab "dealership" is crammed into their Lincoln showroom, in a building that looks like it should be demolished. My question: is warranty service for Saab only available ... Read More
Does anyone know if Saab will be adding Navigation as an option to the 9-5 for 2003 (or 2004)? The folks on the web site only respond with "OnStar is currently available." Supposedly for 2004 Navigation will be available on the new 9-3 (it won't be available in the 2003 models. Damn...)
I couldn't find if this was addressed previously, but does anyone know what changes, even if minor, are in store for the 2003 9-5s? The Saab 9-5 is in the list of cars I am considerning, and the dealer I've spoken to (or at least the salesman there) is an idiot.
Hey Mark: Here are the answers to your questions: 1. No 2. 2005 3. Something like that. The second number represents the size classification. 4. Yes. 2005. 5. Most I have heard from have had nothing but good things to say. Not sure, the next platform will be shared with the CTS. Reliability has been rather good since 1999 on the 9-3, but the new model is a good question. New ... Read More
The Saab 9-5 Aero or possibly a 2003 9-3 are among two of the cars I'm looking at potentially buying within the next 6-10 months. I like the sporty 2003 9-3, but love the luxury of the 9-5. Here are some of the questions I have and hopefully can be answered or opinionated by some of you Saab enthusiasts. 1. Do you know of any changes to the upcoming 2003 9-5 ... Read More
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I do not know for sure, but I believe the 2003 9-5 has got to have a new dash? The new 9-3 looks way better than the 9-5 . I think the cassette is going bye-bye with Saab, at least the new 9-3 does not show one. I really love having the CD and Cassette in dash on my 99 9-5. I'm sure a navigation system has to be coming to ... Read More
Can anyone tell me what changes (even if minor) are planned for the 2003 Saab 9-5? I'm currently looking at the BMW 330 and the MB C320 and have always liked the look of Saabs (though I've certainly never heard anyone sing the praises of Saab reliability, so I have some reservations). Also will Navigation be made available on the 9-5? (I know it will be in the new 2003 9-3). ... Read More
the Saab's horrific depreciation does not make it a good candidate for buying UNLESS you're gonna drive into the ground! I looked at the 9-5, Acura TL and Lexus ES too a few months back. ES is not as "sporty" but a great car. With the 2003 TLs coming out, I understand there are great deals on remaining 2002s....I'd def make that my 1st option. Good luck......
bretfraz, I was the phone "poster". Don't even try the phone install, its a nightmare. I tried it, called Nokia, called Saab USA, had the mount and wiring installed at $300 and hit a brick wall as far as having someone hook it up to a phone. All the different phones have different connections, and its an electronical mess. My old 9000 came with a Nokia installed in between the seats ... Read More