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Saab 9-3 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,198
    New 08 9-3 convertible msrp 42k offered for 31k. It's a firesale -- I think they are dumping them.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,918
    I don't know if it's a firesale by the dealers... It's just that GM has put massive incentives on the cars... Most dealers need the same margins as always, just to stay in business..

    The local ads in Cincinnati have '09 $35K MSRP 9-3s going for $9K off MSRP..

    That's a lot of car for $26K!!

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  • FYI, I checked into some of these 10k+ deals, and they're all service loaner cars with 2000-10000 miles on them being sold as "new". So, these aren't your brand new off the lot 2008 models. There were some that had fewer miles than others, but I didn't see any at my dealer that had less than 2k miles
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,918
    Well.. .in the latest ad, it's an '09, not an '08... They may be demos..

    Since I'm not buying one, I'm not likely to check it out... :)

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  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    If you check eBay, one South Carolina dealer has a white 9-3 2.0T listed for $22,999, which is pretty much a deal in my book.

    At those prices, the 9-3 is competing with the Accord, Camry, and Altima...
  • deubanksdeubanks Posts: 1
    I paid $17,450 for '07 2.0t Anniversary with the CPO and 19,000 miles. I think I got a good deal.
  • netdudenetdude Posts: 4
    If anyone sees an ad or drops by a dealer with a new 2008 9-3 2.0T 6-speed manual Sportcombi, don't hesitate to post details! This is the standard transmission for all Saab 9-3s, but, this is a hard car to find! Everyone seems to prefer automatics these days :(. I am in the Los Angeles area, but, can go wherever the deal is. I saw one in Massachussetts that was almost perfect except it had the parchment interior :(. Why would Saab make a parchment interior for a car whose main purpose is utility?

    The dark exteriors are really the only ones I'm interested in the order of preference:
    1. Titanium Gray Metallic
    2. Nocturne Blue
    3. Black

  • beefabeefa Posts: 1
    I know what you mean about automatics, it was tough finding a "manly" manual out there. Finally found the one I wanted and these threads are right, you can get some good deals now with the GM kickbacks to the dealers. I picked up a brand spanking new 2008 Aero Convertible with a sticker price of over $49K (whatever) for $36K and I probably paid $3K more then their best deal but it was the car I wanted so I stopped the madness and settled at that price. White, tan top, Nav, 6 speed MANUAL, Sport Leather, Cold weather package, and 255 horses... :shades:
  • pas914pas914 Posts: 14
    I have been shopping around for months for my next Saab in anticipation of my lease ending (current 9-3 Aero that is not worth the buyout price); Some of the deals I've found ..

    1) Brand new *0* miles 2008 9-3 Aero SS with c/w and touring package, 6SPD man, black, $27,000 out the door.

    2) Brand new 2008 9-3 Turbo X SS (less than 50 miles) w/6SPD and c/w pkg $32,600

    3) 2008 Turbo X SS with c/w and touring pkg, 11,000 miles, $27,500

    4) And a brand new 2008 9-3 Aero convertible, $32,500

    Personally, I think I am going with the used Turbo X. I'd rather have the new one, but $5000 is still a substantial amount of money to me. And with the 4yr/50k warranty period (and 10/100 powertrain + 3yr/36k free maint), I am hoping for the best.

    Opinions welcomed - if anyone wants to know where I found the other deals I'll gladly share after I make my purchase (next few days).
  • pas914,

    What part of the country are you in?

    I agree with you for going with the used Turbo-X. I am in PA and shopping for a new or used Turbo-X. Am about to get some prices on new Xs to compare against the used ones that come available. I am with you on the 5K difference. If it were 2K, I'd just get the new one.

    Good luck with your purchase. Let us know how it went and give us driving impressions after you get it. Thanks!
  • pas914pas914 Posts: 14
    alfaracer - I am in NJ, but most of the cars I found were a considerable distance away. I went ahead and bought the aforementioned Turbo X from a Landrover dealer in Virginia (it was a trade in) - ended up paying $25,995. I think I got a decent deal, but time will tell ..

    While I was on the way down there to close the deal, I got a call back about another car I had been looking at - a black '08 9-3 Aero SS w/cw and touring pkg with 11,000 miles on it AND a CPO warranty - $18,800! If I hadnt rented a car and started the trip to Virginia, I probably would've taken it and saved the $7k+

    As I side note, I read your post (on my blackberry) while driving home in my new (well, used - but new to me) Turbo X - it was reassuring to hear someone else shared my opinion about going for the Turbo X instead of the Aero! The Turbo X is awesome, but deep down I know the Aero made better financial sense.
  • Good move! That car is a deal at 26K. We were in DC & VA on Thur. & Fri and I was going to look at what is now your X, but didn't get time.

    Enjoy & good luck!
  • blp1blp1 Posts: 1
    Considering a 2006 9-3 Aero (steel gray) with 6 speed Manual transmission and 32,000 miles for $17,000. Only balance of 4 year / 50,000 mile warranty left. Looked at and other sites and thinh this is an ok deal but not spectactular. Tires are new and brakes are over half life. Car looks to be in spotless condition. Concerned with resale value if I have to sell in a few years. Any comments on whether this is a decent price or what expectations should be? Prices seem all over the place on here given Saab's current status.

    Thanks in advance.
  • crs4_00crs4_00 Posts: 10
    I purchased a 2006 Arc Convertible with a 5sp and 22,000 miles in January with a CPO warranty until 2012 for $17,200. I won't expect any resale on a Saab in a few years.
  • pas914pas914 Posts: 14
    blp1 - I would say that the price is a bit high for that car. If you look around, you can find a 2007-2008 with lower miles for the same price. I came across more than a few 2007-2008 models with anywhere from 8,000 miles to 20,000 miles for $18-$20k. Some were CPO, some were not - but as you said, the balance of the 4yr/50k warranty still applies.

    FWIW, I had been casually shopping around since Jan, and the prices have certainly dropped quite a bit in the last few months -- most likely due to the state of Saab/GM.

    Best of luck in your search!
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,918
    In two years, it's probably an $8000 or $9000 car...

    I'd want to see around $15K, if it were me...

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  • rmy4rmy4 Posts: 1
    I was perusing this site earlier and it was useful to get an idea of prices - so thanks to everyone who posted.

    I ended up getting a new 2008 9-3 Sporticombi with the 2.0t, automatic w/ cold weather package for $20.5K (original MSRP = $31.8K, for what that's worth). Wasn't considering a new car, but it was hard to pass up. So far, so good - just hope saab and gm will be in business long enough to honor the warranty...
  • ryanm4ryanm4 Posts: 7
    Just bought a used '08 2.0 Sportcombi w/
    Cold Weather

    for $19k.

    It had 14750 miles. The dealer originally had it listed for 24,900 on the sticker, the internet price was 22,900. (either way, I think he was way too high)
    I settled on 19k after then told me they absolutely couldn't go any lower (although it was pretty easy to get them to 19k)

    Since I already bought it, please keep the 'you paid way too much' comments to a minimum. ;-)
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,198
    The only way you paid too much is if you tried to trade or sell in a few years. If you keep it looking great and well maintained and drive it 6-7 years it will still be worth 3-5k. Since you only paid 19k for it you only lost a maximum of about 15k. A little over 2k per year in depreciation. You are way ahead of the 30-40k buyers no matter what the brand. Almost everything drops to 5k after 7 years including mercedes,bmw,audi. don't go buy advertised prices-check sold prices.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,918
    Those last two prices on '08s wagons are awesome.. I really, really like those..

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