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Saab 9-3 Coupe (2002 and earlier)



  • sstrzsstrz Posts: 3
    Lots of discussions here on price - I just took delivery (this March) of a 4-door, base 9-3. I got every available option: automatic, moon roof, leather, heated seats, metallic paint. Via em-ail to my local dealer, I got this car at DEALER INVOICE LESS $4700. It was an easy sale (I never went to the dealership other than to pick up the car - I gave them a deposit on my credit car over the phone) It's a great car and price.
  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    It sounds like you had the ideal purchase experience. Thanks for sharing your story with us. It's especially helpful when people let us know what area they made their purchase in....

    We look forward to hearing more about your Saab 9-3 ownership experience. Happy Motoring. ;-)

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  • bg750bg750 Posts: 4
    I researched and tried to figure out best pricing, got a price from a dealer in Ann Arbor MI. 2001 93 5dr with leather, sunroof, and heated seats $23,643 plus tax. That is for a black one with sand interior. Does this sound fair, after researching internet, I came up with a price of 23,673 so I beat my best calculation. Any comments welcomed. Thanks.
  • ckenedickenedi Posts: 16
    Do you live in Ann Arbor? How has your experience at Goodman been?

    Your deal seems great. Goodman will add a $40 documentation fee. A lot of the Michigan dealers seem to do it. I didn't fight it as they are not exactly making a killing on the Saab. Is yours a manual or automatic?
  • bg750bg750 Posts: 4
    I live in Grand Haven, dealt with three different dealerships. One in Grand Rapids, guy was $800 higher, and was rude. He actually told me to go some place else. Weird? Talked to a dealer in Chicago offered me 24,000. Goodman gave best deal (23643) and in the same state. That was priced with a manual and the features I listed. Thanks for the response.
  • I received the same deal in South Florida, $23462, for a 9-3 5Speed with leather, cd, sunroof, heated seats (not like I will be needing them), etc. They offered a 7.2% financing rate also. What about you?
    It looks like the manufacturer is giving the dealers a huge incentive to move 2000 and 2001 models off the lot for the upcoming 2002 models.
    Looks like a good deal. I will most likely buy the Saab this week.
  • 4banging4banging Posts: 3
    Just about a month ago bought a loaded 2001 9-3 SE 5dr auto for $28,200, or about $7K less than MSRP. Saabs are fairly popular here in suburban DC, so I count this as a good deal.

    The TMV clued me into the discount, but it didn't factor in all the options properly (I forget how I deduced this.)

    This was a NO HAGGLE price that the salesman offered after a test drive and serious interest and intelligent questions were asked.

    That meant that the out-the-door price with tax and tags a tad under $30K, which was my wife's target price-point for a new vehicle.

    From what we pieced together, the midrange SEs (between base and the Viggen) are only coveted by Saab loyalists if they come with 5-sp, which is evidently rare. That leaves Saab and GM hoping that Mr. and Mrs. Slightly Upscale Middle America stumble into the showroom. GM doesn't want to take any chances and doesn't believe in "protecting the brand," hence the steep discounts.

    The addition of traction control for '01 really addressed a competitive fault for the 9-3s and the deals make the car well worth a look for anyone in the market for a euro sports sedan. Plus a full year of premium OnStar service is a nice bonus, especially if phone service is offered in your area.

    Have already had the following exchange with a recent Volvo buyer: "Twenty eight thousand? Are you sure it's not a 2000? 205 horses? Mine only has 185."

    Like the car better everytime I get in it.
  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    We all look forward to hearing more about your ownership experience.... ;-)

    Hi everyone- If anyone owns, or has insights about the Saab 900, we look forward to seeing you in our Saab 900 discussion . Perhaps someone has a moment to answer Benjiman's question over there about Saab maintenance costs? Thanks.

    And now back the discussion of the Saab 9-3. Happy Motoring!



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  • bobyk1bobyk1 Posts: 3
    Which delearship in nj did you use? I was searching for some and I found about 7 of them from the saabfinder site located all over. (Am in the princeton area and we have one here but always good know others to shop around).

    Is the 4700 incentive still going on? Just wondering if anyone knows when they will be ending.(or if they already have)

  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    While you're waiting for a response here, you could check with's Regional Incentives, Rebates and Leases to see what's kind discounts are available in your state.

    Also, it's not a bad idea to check back there periodically, for any updates on that information... Good luck and keep us posted.

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  • Anyone have any info on the maintenance costs for for a 9-3?
  • mfarmer2mfarmer2 Posts: 67
    I know that offers detailed information on vehicle maintenance costs. It's more likely that you'll find that information in their used vehicle instead of the new ones, since they usually don't have enough data for new ones. If they don't have it for the 2001's, try looking at the 99 Saab 9-3's or earlier. That might give you a good idea for the newer ones. Hope this is helpful.

  • bg750bg750 Posts: 4
    I was going to purchase the Saab I described in message 24 and 26. But my sales person Mercedes in Ann Arbor after calling her numerous times all of a sudden told me she could not get me the car. She seemed to give the impression that it was no problem. She even said that she called and left message. Message never received, she basically wasted my time. Would not reccomend. Put down payment on one in Chicano at Perillo Saab, talk to a sales man David there. Called back and gave same deal and a little better financing. Car should be here in a couple of weeks. I will post how everything turns out. Thanks
  • My new 9-3 for invoice less $4700 rebate will not be delivered to dealer until mid-April. He claims to have frozen the $4700 incentive for me even if it is discontinued for April, when I take delivery. Can I rely on this. He showed me a Saab form called the Buyer Protection Plan for this purpose. Am I safe?
  • floppymfloppym Posts: 3
    I received the following quote from the local dealership here in Santa Clara, CA:

    9-3 5-Door(325)
    > Manual Transmission
    > Midnight Blue Metallic Paint
    > Sand Beige Classic Leather
    > 2-Way Power Glass Sunroof
    > Plus, Front Heated Seats.

    > Invoice price $29188.00
    > Incentive - $4700.00
    > =$24488.00
    > Dealer profit + $609.00
    > YOUR SELLING PRICE=$25097.00
    > + 45.00 Doc. Fee.
    > $2011.36 Tax
    > $371.00 D.M.V.(Lic. and Reg. for one Year)
    > =$27529.36 YOUR PRICE OUT THE DOOR.

    I didn't buy the car, but I'm wondering about the listed invoice price. Is it accurate? This was on March 5th that the quote was made. The invoice listed is higher than what it listed at Edmunds and other places, but I had read another poster here who stated that invoice prices were raised in March. Raising invoice midyear seems really weird to me, especially since MSRP was unchanged.
  • bg750bg750 Posts: 4
    It sounds about a $1000 high.
  • bobyk1bobyk1 Posts: 3
    This was a bit surprising as I found out that base models are not shipped over to usa. You have at least one option if not a couple mixed and matched. I was seeking a solid black(or white or red)no metallic, with the auto option and thats it. But 99% you have the sunroof option there or the leather or the heated seat or the metallic paint mixed in. Any reason why the base models dont make here or unless the dealership guy had some misinformation.
  • cbestardcbestard Posts: 2
    I see a lot of discussion about the $4700 dealer rebate, but I'd like to see something in writing. Where is this info posted and how long is it good for? I'm in SC and ready to move on a 9-3 if this deal is still in effect. Also, can anyone tell me if you can get the incentive and then use the resulting price for a lease? Thanks.
  • bobyk1bobyk1 Posts: 3
    I beleive the 4700 incentive has been in effect for some months from what I heard from the dealership person I was at a few nights ago. He actually used it when calculating the price and stuff.
  • r34r34 Posts: 178
    Does anyone know the 0-60 time for AUTO base 9-3 and AUTO 9-3 SE ? I found 5-speed time but I couldn't find the auto time.

    Also, do I need to let the engine runs for a while before turning it off ?
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