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Saab 9-3 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • jbaerjbaer Posts: 45
    The saab dealer holdback is 2.2% of MSRP. So basically if they gave you EVERYTHING....the 1000 cash bonus and the entire lease cash incentive, the dealer is still making around $600 (29K x 2.2%). Which is fine by me. They have to make a living too. I just hope they continue the lease cash and cash bonus until May when I am planning on buying one. How do you like it so far? Is the stereo as bad as people say it is?
  • go8go8 Posts: 58
    Thanks for the info. Now I feel better. I didn't even notice the stereo. I guess I am getting too old.

  • jbaerjbaer Posts: 45
    No problem. I think you got a great deal...I hope to do as well in May. As for the stereo I'm sure its fine. Anything will sound better then my 1994 Mazda protege ;-)
  • go8go8 Posts: 58
    Anyone hear what the March Madness deals look like for Saab? I saw GM was kicking off a new campaign giving $1000 for each car that has been on the dealer's lot since Oct '04. I didn't know if they offered any more rebates. Tough time to sell cars.

  • Saab has reportedly been offering $3000 for purchase for several months, plus an additional $1000 that ended yesterday. I was ready to put a downpayment on an Aero last night but the dealer told me to expect even better deals next week. Hope he's right or we may be getting a TL.
  • madmax252madmax252 Posts: 11
    Sounds like you got yourself an honest dealer. I bought my Arc (automatic trans, heated seats, sunroof, metallic paint) on the last week of December 2004. After taxes and the $3K rebate, the final OTD price came to $31,900. Funny to see how much the prices have gone down in the past few months. I should have waited a month or two for better deals but I just had to have it!
  • go8go8 Posts: 58
    Shoulda coulda woulda. You can't beat yourself up that prices changed after you bought your car. As long as your happy with what you got at the time you bought it, you did OK.

  • jq31jq31 Posts: 5
    Saab has an offer right now - $250/mo lease on the '05 linear. I thought I was going to walk in there, plop-down my $3K inception and sign on the line for $250 monthly payments. Am I being naiive? Do I need to crunch numbers and try to wrangle a better deal? I've never leased before . . .
  • go8go8 Posts: 58
    I saw that deal for 24 months. It also assumes an msrp of $27,570 (10k per year), which is pretty much a stripped down model that they probably have very few if any in stock. I would suggest contacting the dealer and finding their money factor and residual and crunch the numbers yourself. See how much you have to subtract from the msrp to get to the advertized lease expense. That will give you and idea of how much the dealer is making and if there is room to do better. Also, try running the numbers assuming a different msrp (auto/prem package/heated seats) and see what happens. When I did a deal Mar 9th the money factor was .00011 which is about 0.26%.

    Good luck.

  • novice1novice1 Posts: 1
    Been on the fence for buying a new car for sometime (dislike my 4 cylinder Camry). Hate car payments and whole car buying experience. Anyway I live in SF Bay Area. Been offered the following. Is this a good deal? Has anyone else done better? Going back to dealer tomorrow. Deal good thru 3/31.

    2005 Arc, Driver Package $29,995
    2005 Arc, No Drivers Package $28,500

    0% Financing for 2 years.
    Was told that this was $4K of MSRP.
    Forgot to ask if this comes with sunroof.
  • madmax252madmax252 Posts: 11

    What else does that include: Heated seats? Xenons? Automatic or manual? You can compare with mine: automatic trans, sunroof, metallic paint, and heated seats for $30,000 before tax. It was about $500 over invoice for me. I purchased in late December 2004.

    Also, that 0% financing is pretty good. How much is the interest rate after those 2 years? I'm doing 4.6% for 4 years on mine.
  • kyfdx%40Edmundskyfdx%40Edmunds Posts: 25,851
    $4000 sounds like a lot.. But, Saab puts big incentives on their cars..

    Check with Car_man on this board, and he can let you know the incentives available on your model..

    Car_man, "Rebates, Incentives, APRs - Questions & Comments" #2714, 28 Mar 2005 7:38 pm

    It doesn't sound like you know a lot about this car.. I'd want to know the exact MSRP and options... Your description sounds a little vague.. This is a large purchase.. make sure of what you are buying.


    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • I missed the March Madness deal by one day. Purchased my new Linear on 2/28, but still got it for $3500 under invoice. I got an automatic, fully loaded with metalic paint, and added front fogs, and paid $26,445. I got the GM incentive deal through my employer, plus some other rebate on top of it. In all, I think it was a pretty good deal.
  • richjanrichjan Posts: 2
    shmaltz - So...What was the final price and your monthly payments and term of lease?

  • richjanrichjan Posts: 2
    So...Purchase price was? And, is this the 9.3 convertible?
  • haakonhaakon Posts: 24
    What kind of lease deals are people getting on a 9-3 Linear or Arc w. auto & sunroof? I'm considering leasing one or the other -- any help would be appreciated!
  • jlan1jlan1 Posts: 10
    Hi Kirstie,

    I have GM employee (GMS) authorization, and wanted to ask some questions about a deal I'm working on and add'l discounts/incentives. Can I post information about my employee price on these forums? (not the auth # of course!) Thanks
  • skinnydogskinnydog Posts: 20
    Check out the car leae forum. Do a search for Saab to see if the April Residual values and Money factors have been posted yet. Saab tends to have low (not good) residual values, but they have extremely low money factors on the 9-3s (Linear and Arc) at the present time and have total of 3K in dealer incentives and/or rebates. 4K off of MSRP should be easy on any leases for the 9-3.

    On a lease you should first negotiate the purchase price. Without much problem you should be able to get $300 over invoice minus 3K as the purchase price ($2700 under invoice).
  • jlan1jlan1 Posts: 10
    What is the easiest way to find out the dealer invoice?
  • go8go8 Posts: 58
    You can look on either the edmunds or carpoint site. When I leased my 9-3 in March, the dealer started off by showing me his invoice. I am assuming it was his actual invoice. It was in line with what was shown on carpoint.

    Good luck!

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