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Saab 9-3 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • We've decided to get a convertible and are down to a 2006 or 07 Solara SLE (reliable but a bit boring) or a 2007 9-3 2.0T.

    I'm looking at two nice 9-3's, both have similar options:
    - white, with 17K miles, 16'' wheels - dealer asking $21,000
    - metallic gray, with 40K miles, 17'' wheels - dealer asking $16,900

    both are in outstanding shape - interiors appear like new, good tires, drive fine, clean carfax. Both were lease returns.

    Opinions on the local Saab dealer (MAG) are mixed. But we have several very good local independent shops. A comparable Toyo would be 20-25k.

    What do you think?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,652
    I think the Solara is a fat, ugly pig.... I'd get the Saab, even if it cost more.. :)

    There seems to be a decent selection of '07/'08 Saabs.. Don't restrict yourself to Columbus, if looking for a used car... I know the L-M dealer in Cincinnati always seems to have a couple for sale..

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  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,250
    21k is a decent price for a very nice convertible with 17k miles. Where is it located? :shades:
  • The white with 17K miles is at Lambert GMC in Cuyahoga falls.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,250
    Saw the photos don't know why you wouldn't be there tommorrow with a check. Great looking car.
  • True - it looks great in the photo's. I am tempted to make the 90 min drive - although I've never dealt with Lambert before. I made a 2 hr trip once to look at a "mint" car and arrived to find it ridden hard and put away wet.

    Is 40K miles on a 2007 too many - the metallic gray one was in outstanding condition - the manual still had the original pre delivery inspection report? This would not be a daily driver (I have a '01 Toyo Highlander that is paid for to take the daily commute abuse).
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,652
    I'd rather have the low-mileage one with more warranty left... better tires, etc, etc..

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  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,250
    The lower miles one is 3-4k more so that is a consideration. You could negotiate hard on the car -- november isn't convertible month in ohio. If you don't put too many miles per year, keep the car maintained/clean -- 3-4 years from now you could fetch a decent return in trade if you do it in june. Otherwise keep it for 100k plus. Saab's have a rep for some electrical stuff but the drive trains are solid. Bottom line -- if the extra $ is not going to stretch you financially -- go for the low miles one. If you have any concerns in that regard -- you might wait til dec 31st and see what kind of deal will work for either of them. ;)
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,652
    Agreed... don't get too caught up in asking prices... If one price seems out of whack, then it's possible that dealer may be willing to cut price more quickly...

    Find the car you really want.. then bargain hard for that one!

    (Solara: It's really an old-fashioned chop-top job... separate boot to put on.... looks cheesy, and a squeak machine waiting to happen).

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  • Herb Chambers Saab in Boston just had an awesome two day "sale" this past weekend. $10K off every new Saab. I bought a 9-3 2.0T XWD 6speed manual with a MSRP of $37,170 for $27,170 including destination (+$450 dealer prep, reg and 6.25% MA state tax). There is no AWD car in this class that can be had at that price, period!

    Absolutely LOVE the acceleration in 2nd and 3rd gear. No turbo lag at all. Handling is nimble, precise and no oversteer at all. Bring on winter!
  • I found a new 09 9-3 SportCombi Aero AWD on a dealers lot over the weekend. The vehicles MSRP is around $46,000. What can I expect to pay and what would be a good starting point for what I should offer?

    Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
  • Got an unsolicited e-mail from Schumacher Saab; "$10,000 up to $13,000 off MSRP.". Gave an example of a 9-3 for $19K and change, Sounds good so I write to ask of they have any manual transmissions in stock; Answer oh yes, red, blue black white green with parchment interior; Come up and see so and so.
    OK. I take a ride to the dealer. 1st lie: Only color in stock is black. 2nd lie; Rebate is $9k. Gave me a low number for my trade. Told the salesman I wasn't interested. Tried to hold me hostage by keeping the keys to my car in the manager's office, and challanging me why a $9k rebate wasn't good enough. AVOID Schumacher in West Palm Beach, FL.
  • With the current state of Saab I think you can get an 09 for way less than invoice. I wouldn't think that you'd be paying more than $34,000 for a new one with the $46,000 MSRP before taxes. I believe the $9000 manufactures rebate is still in effect on new purchases. Let us know what the dealer says if you make an offer.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    several Cadillac-Saab dealers who are offering $15K off of MSRP on new Saabs. Would it be reasonable to expect another dealer that say, had a specific 9-3 design/color/packaging I wanted to match the $15K off MSRP offer that some Cadillac-Saab dealers are doing?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,652
    I think the only chance of getting that amount would only be on a high-MSRP car ($45K+).. Also, there is a good chance that the $15K off car is a loaner or demo..

    The rebate is only $9K

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  • I just bought a new base model 9-3 for $18,500. There is an $11,000 rebate on all 09 Saabs and an additional $1000 for GM loyalty. The sticker price was $33,050 and after the rebates and my GM discount (you can get the discount if you own a non-GM vehicle also, but then you would not get the extra $1000 off) I was able to get the vehicle for the 18,500. I could have bought a 9-5 for about 25,000. I have never owned a Saab nor really cared too but for a semi-luxury car for the price of a lower model chevy, I couldn't pass it up. They are moving FAST. By the time my paperwork was complete, the 6 cars that they had when I first arrived were all sold. These cars were all new (not demos) with less than 30 miles on them.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    no it wasn't a demo. I actually test drove one; it was a black 2.0T Comfort the dealer had marked down to $20,xxx and change.

    It's probably sold by now... The deals are moving...
  • I actually just purchased a 9-3 Saab Aero with an MSRP of $44,930 for essentially $15K off. If you have a GM family member and a non-GM product, you can get GMS pricing (through the end of the year) which was $41775. On top of that, there are $12K in cash incentives which brings the car just under $30K before taxes. This is my third and (unfortunately) final Saab. There are still a few of these on the dealer's lots and if I had the money, would have bought 2. I was also considering a loaded Malibu which I could have gotten 0% for 72 months on with pull-ahead but that car is not even close to the kind of car the Saab is. The Malibu would of course have been cheaper but that car is in a completely different class. The XWD is phenomenal. I spent the weekend driving over snow-covered roads in northern Michigan and it drives across the slipperiest surfaces with barely a hiccup. Additionally, the car drives like a dream..........Of course, it will still lose a couple thousand in resale when you drive it off the lot but a comparable car would probably run you at least $40K so now is a great time to buy this car!
  • Where was that $18,500 dealer? I went to 2 dealers today and they wouldn't move below $21,500K for base 9-3s with a sticker of $31,800 to $32,500. They said their max discount was $10,000.
    Bruce
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,652
    My local dealer has this exact car... still on the lot.. One of only two 9-3s that they have left..

    That's a great deal.. Does the 15 mpg city rating bother you? I was surprised it was that low..

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