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Saab 9-3 SportCombi



  • Just got an '08 Combi that had everything we wanted at a great price. Well, everything except the roof rails... Not the crossbar type rack, just the parallel to the body roof rails.

    Can I get these installed by my dealer without butchering our beautiful new car? In other words, would getting them installed at the dealer be as invasive as say, an after-market sunroof?

    I'd really like to get the rails to get more of the vibe of our old '02 9-03 hatchback.

  • Yes you can install rails by your dealer or yourself. I installed them on my 2006 SC. I purchased rails and plastic covers that go beneath rails form member from, pulled old plastic covers and installed new ones. New covers have openings where you attach rails (front and back on each side). The screws are already there in the roof. Just look for the best price and install them by yourself. It is 1/2 hr job.

  • I have an '07 'combi Aero, and I've noticed that when I turn the stereo above about half way, you get an annoying hum/static sound in the background. This happens for all types of media (CD, XM, AM/FM).

    Has anyone else had this problem or is it something I need to get checked? I was expecting more from a premium 300W stereo!

  • So, I just purchased a 2008 SC with roof rails factory installed. I can't tell but I think they produce a lot of wind noise. Is it just as easy to remove them? If so, do you know where I could purchase covers for the exposed spaces that will be created in the roofline?
  • tarikhtarikh Posts: 2
    You can get covers from either a dealer or online stores. I have parchment silver covers (not sure what color your car is).

  • Thanks, my car is snow silver. Do you know a good online store?
  • One other question is are the "covers" (saab calls them "decor strips") easy to install/uninstall. I'm not feeling ambitious about making too many irreversible modifications to the car as I think I'll dump the lease in a couple years....
  • biggimpbiggimp Posts: 8
    I have an '07 Aero Combi. The fourth preset button on my stereo doesn't work ONLY if it's the first button you push after turning the radio on. Similarly, if you try to scroll up through the steering wheel, it skips the 4th preset.

    The dealer just replaced the stereo (and in the process scratched the interior trim and lost my CD's), and the same problem is there.

    Has anyone else experienced this? It's very strange...

    As a side note, I attend the aero academy in under a month - I can't wait!!
  • No stereo problems on our 2006 sportcombi aero. I did not attend Aero academy but really wanted to. So did my wife. How was it?
  • Hi everyone,

    I am looking for a bit of advice on a car my wife and I are looking at purchasing. It is a manual transmission 2006 9-3 Sport Combi with ~30K miles and they are asking $16.5K. It has a clean Carfax, new tires and new front breaks (rear are @ 80%). Based on others in the Mpls area, it looks like a competitive price ~ am I right? Also, it is only under factory warranty until 50K miles, but the dealership offers an extended bumper-to-bumper for ~$1,900 (6 yr or 100K) - based on your experience, is this worth it?

    Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!
  • I would consider adding this post to the forum 'real-world trade-in values'.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,250
    there are two 06 wagons in Sparta, Wi. one black & one silver --23/24k miles priced at $13496 & $12990. phone 888-901-4305 ext #2. Would be worth the trip based on the car you are looking at. You could put brakes and tires if needed, and get them thoroughly checked out. Still have thousands in the bank for future repairs[unlikely] and skip the 2 grand warranty which computes to 10-15% of the purchase price. A brand new one can be had for 24k. Happy new year.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,250
    Also found a 08 combi in green bay with 9335k miles for $19900. It may be saab certified which offers warranty beyond the 4 year 50k. 888-783-8785
    The 08's are freshened with numerous mechanical/electric upgrades. Same price as your 06 with the warranty. If I were you, I'd be heading for cheesehead country.
  • Thanks so much for the response and information! The car actually sold before we made it back, but this will certainly help as we continue to look!!
  • OK, bought a 2006 Sportcombi Aero with all options except roof rails in Nov/Dec 2006. About 3 months ago I began to feel a vibration from the steering wheel. It is minor but noticeable. When I start to give it gas the vibration goes away.
    I was at a red light the other day and put the car in neutral and the steering wheel started to 'shimmy' to the left about a half inch rotation then back to the right. Very odd.
    When I took it to the dealer (Still under warranty) they speculated I was using regular fuel and try 93 octane. I have ALWAYS used regular and my manual says it is OK so I had my doubts but tried 3 tanks of premium just in case (They have been right abut many other things in the past). This had no effect on my problem.
    Has anyone had similar problems and it so were you able to isolate it and get it resolved? I would like to get this fixed before I go off warranty.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,250
    It's a shame but I suspect nobody at the dealerships know how to or want to fix problems anymore. The gas idea was the epitome of laziness.How about the power steering system? Always looking for the easy fix. An independent shop staffed by 50 year old mechanics would find the problem but they don't work for saab. That's true for all car problems that don't generate a computer code alert. Good luck.
  • Hi guys, I just bought 2008 Saab 9.3 2.0 T with 15000 miles
    and for some reason I feel a pretty extensive wheel vibration when I stop with engine on and in drive mode.

    I went to the dealer and he told me that everything is okay with the car and that they drove the car and did not feel anything.

    But i do feel a strong vibration that is so annoying.
    I had maxima, lexus, audi, and other cars and never had the same feeling.

    Please advise.
  • jw4doorjw4door Posts: 2
    Just bought an 08 aero sportcombi and am extremely happy, so far. I am trying to figure out how to install the bluetooth module and wiring harness to bypass the Onstar handsfree button. Has anyone done this already or have any instructions and a list of parts I need to buy to make this work? Onstar is too expensive to use for calling !!! Thanks
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,250
    I assume they thoroughly examined the front brakes, wheels and tires. It sounds like the beginning of rotor issues -- not unusual for eurosedans at 15k. If its under warranty go back and insist. If not find an independent shop that will show an interest in your concern. Not a chain repair outlet but someone that specializes in euro cars and has a good rep.
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