Car-buying advice needed…

Let’s help one of our regulars:

Hello all… 74stingray here with a request for some help. Now we all know that SaabsUnited is very non-biased when it comes to cars. We grade them all equally and without regard to brand loyalty 😉 OK, let’s set the stage shall we? My 21 year old son is looking to upgrade from his 2005 Chevy Cavalier to a newer car. Naturally I offered my impartial opinion as to what car he should be looking at. I suggested going to the Saab dealer and look around, check online for used Saabs and to test drive some Saabs. In all seriousness, I suggested Saab first, but also mentioned VW, Chevy, ect. Like most kids, he wants a loaded car on a basic budget…. As much as he wants a new car, it’s not feasible and buying used is the best option. Right now he is mulling around three car choices. I would like to call on my friends here, a true “consumer reports” kind of crowd to make the choice easier on him.

Subject #1 2010 Saab 9-3 2.0T, Moonroof, cold weather package, all wrapped in Carbon Grey with grey interior. It has less than 15,000 miles on the odometer at a cost of around $20k. Full factory warranty is in effect.

Subject #2 2008 Saab 9-3 AERO, loaded, Fusion Blue with parchment interior. 47,000 miles, very little time left on warranty, $20k

Subject #3 2010 Chevy Camaro, Blue, V6, moonroof and other desired options… less than 8,000 miles around $22k with balance of warranty.

This should be a fun thing and not get too scientific…

I’d go for subject #1, but that’s just me. Comments are open, have your say!

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74Stingray, I’m glad to see you’ve convinced your son to consider Saabs. I’ll try to be unbiased 🙂 I’m 25 years old and my first Saab was an old C900 that my aunt couldn’t sell so she gave it to me. It was rusted but ran fantastic (of course). It was not cool by any means, but my friends after riding in it once all “got it” and we always had to take it to lunch after that. Anyway, at 21 years old of course a Camaro is on the list. The problem is, he’s a guy and it’s a… Read more »


I know i’m rather late on this one, but show him this 9-3 in Carbon Grey

If he buys the 2.0t he’ll be able to add lots of gorgeous Hirsch kit to make it really special. Complete individuality at 21, cool.

Let us all know the final choice.

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