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2003 Saab 9-3



  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    I just got a look at the new 9-3 (inside and out). Very nice. Thought the exterior was much more distinctive than the pictures led me to believe. Loved the inside (except the tacky fabric on the doors and the armrests, and the cheap plastic covering the handbrake). Other than that, the interior was quite elegant.

    I just wish the Navigation system, which is available in Europe, was going to be availble before 2004 here in the US...
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,602
    ...the 9-3 last Thursday. I was pleasantly suprised by the room in the back seat. Saab did a nice job scooping out the front seatbacks to allow for more leg room in the rear. Loads of room up front. I'd like to compare this to the TSX when it comes out. Both look to be in the same price/performance area.

    I was suprised to see the sticker list Japan as the source of the transmission on the automatic. Not being a Saabista, I was wondering about that.
  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    What is a TSX ? :)

  • Local dealer has 4, not make that 3 new 9-3's. One was sold when I was there. One manual the rest were autos. Manual was a base with no options. All if the autos were with the launch package. The car looks very sharp. Had one in the Merlot color - awesome color. Looks very sporty. I might go this week and see if I can test drive one. If I were to get one I will wait for the Arc model. From my first impressions and the few reviews I have read I think Saab will have a winner with this one. In Europe apparently demand well exceeds supply. Looks forward to hearing from anyone who has driven one.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,407
    TSX is an Acura version of the European Accord.

    More info on TSX area of sedans board.

  • Black/Char every option for 32.8K-Linear launch..steering was sharp but just a little the line was quick and precise..there was an accident on the freeway so i couldnt blow it out but the little i did do put a smile on my the green lighting, interior was sharp with high quality materials..i drive a 95 bmw now and its kinda weird but when i drove the saab, it felt like i was in my bimmer..i have never felt that way with any other car i test drove before even the 02 bimmers..i want one.
  • Don't forget Thursday's Saab 9-3 chat, 5-6pm PT/8-9pm ET.


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  • I owned a Saab that had some unfortunate build quality issues...and it just kept running me between the mechanic and the cash machine.

    Are new models getting any better regarding repair costs?

    I know Saabs are still Saabs, but is the GM influence helping to reduce prices for parts and repair?

    Would love a new 9-3 (little high price for me ATM) but not sure if I would feel comfortable about the possible reliability/repair issues.

    Personally, I loved the last generation design, and this one looks cool too. I will miss the hatch though...that was one of the most unique and polarizingly beautiful cars on the roads. :)

    I just think at the price, it would be hard to overlook an S60, or 325, or A4.
  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    I missed most of the townhall chat about the 2003 9-3 last night. Anyone able to summarize the interesting tidbits/info that was revealed?
  • Well, I was there for the whole she-bang, and we got a lot of questions answered. The transcript of the chat should be up in a couple of days, and I'll be sure to post the link to it.

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  • logic1logic1 Posts: 2,433
    Thanks Kristie. I rushed out of work to get home for the chat, ran right into a traffic jam and got home just in time for the wrap up.
  • logic1logic1 Posts: 2,433
    Of the three cars you mention, one, the 325, will base for more than 2k above the 9-3 for 03.
    The S60 and A4 base around the same as the 9-3.

    The base S60 does not give you near as much as the base 9-3.

    The A4 is a pretty good alternative. The A4 and the 9-3 are pretty close. It will all come down to driver preference with the two.
  • I can't wait to see the transcripts, but I have to ask... Did they say when navigation and/or Bluetooth is going to be in the car? I'm hoping for March when the vector gets here!!
  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    The one question I wanted answered was about when Navigation will be available. The official word: for the 2004 model year (which I assume will mean the fall of 2003...).

    It's available in the European market...I can't believe we have to wait for Navigation!

    (I didn't hear the whole chat, but I didn't see that BlueTooth was mentioned).
  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    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 at dealerships? Just curious if I'm obligated to bring the car to the dealer for warranty work (not to mention the free oil changes for the first 36 months...)

  • logic1logic1 Posts: 2,433
    The Illinois Consumer Protection law prevents dealerships from requiring warranty service be done at the dealership.

    I know there are some very good Saab specialists in Highland Park and Libertyville. I imagine there are some good people in Chicago itself, but I am not personally aware of them.

    One other plus: The new Malibu will share some basic components with the 9-3. While I would not necessarily want a Mr. Goodwrench looking at the turbo, I am sure they will be pretty well versed on the suspension, steering, and the like.
  • r34r34 Posts: 178

    Can you tell me the name of the good Saab specialist in Highland Park ?

    I got my 01 9-3 from the Highland park dealer. The service dept is quiet good. There are also a list of Saab specialists in I think I may bring my car to KG AutoWerks in Westmond or SaabTech in Chicago.

    I got a 9-5 Linear as a loaner car. Its power seems to be more linear. It may be a nice sedan but I prefer the 9-3. It has more fun factors. I hope the new 9-3 is more like that.
  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    Where do i find the transcrips for that chat i missed on the 17th ?

  • According to August and September 2002 sales, over 14,000 new Saab 9-3 have been ordered. Since only 7000 were made during these months, many are on the waiting list. The heat of the new saab 9-3 is spreading worldwide.

    Note: the designer Michael Mauer was hired almost 2 years ago. He designed the Mercedes SLK and C class.

    re: 2000 euro crash tests. Both 9-3 and 9-5 got four stars rating. They said "Saab 9-5 is the safest car ever tested".

    re: Safety about 9-5 and the old 9-3 convertible (US study)

    re: another article about american crash test of 9-5

    re: euro crash test for the new BMW 3 series...'98-'01).html

    re: euro crash test for last years 9-3 (old)... better than the new Bmw 3 series. You can imagine how safe the new Saab 9-3 is like.

    re: euro crash test for the new 9-5

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