Those eyes…

9-3 Scandic
Many of you know that I was quite eager to get a 9-4x. But sometimes in life you have to have a Plan B if things won’t work out as you hoped they would. If you want to know what those eyes have to do with it just

Often enough I’ve said here that I want to get a 9-4x asap. And I really was confident it should work out for me even though our Dame Edna lease still had one year to go by the time a 9-4x would be available. So I sat with my dealer to calculate the 9-4x and discuss how to handle the Dame Edna. Pretty soon it became clear that the difference between what the leasing asked for buying out and the price the dealer could pay for it differed quite a bit. Though my cars are company cars of my own company it would have been economical madness to put this amount into the 9-4x deal. Sad but true.

That’s where those eyes come into play. They belong to 9-3 Scandic Sedan that would most likely describe its own life up to now as quite sad. Back in the days when GM wanted to close down Saab everyone thought that all orders by the dealers were cancelled. As the Spyker deal was closed and as the customer still wanted the car my dealer ordered again. You can imagine his surprise as a few weeks later he had got two identical cars. One went to the customer who ordered it and this one has been sitting in the lot for one and a half years now. Alone. Neglected. Unwanted. Out in the cold. Sniff…

Of course this story lead to a pretty good price and my dealer and I had to negotiate only a single digit number of minutes to get a deal which allows him to take our Dame Edna off lease and me to get a nice car while saving quite a few bucks on leasing every month. My wife will take over my 9-3x and I get the Sedan. A happy end for all involved including the car ;-).

On the car itself: it’s a 9-3 1,8t Sedan manual, jetblack with parchment interior. It’s not exactly the car I’d order, that’s for sure. Wooden interior, 16″ rims – that’s not really for me. But I really like the 9-3 and I look at it more as some kind of project. My plan is to Hirsch it up step by step over the next two or so years to make it a car I want it to be. I will post about the development every now and then and yes, I’m a happy camper.

9-3 Scandic

9-3 Scandic

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Congratulations! It looks really nice.


Aaaah, this is what it is all about… Product.
Thanks Till, this article is like a fresh breeze and I feel happy once again!

Good for you Till, for the dealer And for Saab. Happy motoring!


900 classic cab

That car will be even better after a Hirsch power upgrade. Comparing the power and torque graphs, the 1.8t seems to be the one hich benefits the most of these upgrades…
Congratulations !

Troels, Denmark

Good looking car! πŸ™‚


Good looking Saab. πŸ™‚
These lines on TopGear seemed pretty interesting to me.
“but a few minutes later, I’m with Saab’s chairman Victor Muller who can’t resist getting out his smartphone and showing me an image of a 9-3 coupe he’s had Castriota design. It’s basically the PhoeniX without the wings and the lower-body layering, and it really does look like a car to give the TT and RCZ pause.”
I came to it via Inside Swade.

Toby K

Competition from a TT?? Not so sure about that now…


Congratulations Till! Once you have driven it, could you please comment on road noise and comfort with 16″ wheels compared to the 17″ low-profile ones that are more common? Thanks!


Welcome back to the world of (still good looking) 9.3s πŸ˜‰

My lease ends in Nov. 2011 and I am just thinking about what to do:
* prolong the lease (and hope for the new 9.3 to be a must-have)
* buy the car and enjoy it for whatever period of time…



Great! πŸ™‚
Will you get rid of the “Wooden interior”?
What’s wrong with “16β€³ rims”? πŸ˜‰



the rally of the SWAN stock seems to continue today, right now they are up nearly 10 % πŸ™‚


Congratulations! I am eager to see which Hirsch goodies you will choose. If it were me, I’d go suspension first, then wheels and brakes, followed by the reflash, and finally the cosmetics.


Great looking car, glad to see you’ve bought a new one. The 1.8t is a very wise choice for the head and the wallet, we have two 1.8ts a Sportwagon and a Vert. The engine will not loosen up until about 5000 miles (it really is very noticeable) it was the same on both our cars then after a few thousand miles of experiencing the standard bhp a Hirsch tune utterly transforms it. The Hirsch figure of 195hp and 310 torques to me seems somewhat conservative from the drivers seat. The high torque means that in the midrange the car… Read more »


That is a GREAT looking car.


And there’s a Volvo advertisement behind the 9-3… >:(


I may be able to help with inspiration next week. Pick up my 9-3 TTiD with full Hirsch works. So excited. It’s a 5 month old MY11 with 2,000 miles on direct from SAAB GB. Adds extras all Hirsch :

18″ alloy set with 345mm upgraded brakes
Twin s/s exhaust
200bhp ecu upgrade
Full front grille set
Sport springs
Steering wheel
Leather dash
& a few other bits

Money into SAAB at an important time, and possibly the nicest looking SAAB ive owned so far. Much better than the BMW, Alfa, Audi and Lexus I also test drove!!

Will send some pictures into SU when I pick it up.



Now that sounds like a fun car!!


Nice one, Till. Shame about the 9-4X though. I was already looking forward to the ride!
And funny, I was at that dealer today, with my 9-5 towing my 900S that has the broken clutch… It must have been quite a sight to any Saab enthusiast!

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