Buying A Used Saab Fact And Fiction

People have been talking about weather it’s a good idea to buy a used Saab right now with uncertainty surrounding the brand. In some cases, people have even held off purchasing a used Saab because of fears that are based on assumptions. People are for one are worried about parts, but parts will always be there as it is a profitable business, no matter what happens to Saab. Whatever fears may be, there are some really interesting facts when you explore the market place.

Let’s look at the facts now about used car prices in the market place. Now, remember that I am in Canada so I will be comparing Canadian pricing. On MSN auto’s I was looking at what they were saying was the competition for the 9-3 and from that list I took the least expensive cars. Yes they compared with Volvo and Audi, but we know that and the price differences would be much greater. I took the least expensive cars to show the value in a used Saab and I used the 2008 model year because there is typically no warranty left on the cars we are comparing with. So let’s look at what I found.


2008 Acura TSX $28900

First is a  2008 Acura TSX that they have listed as a competitor. I searched the website and found a 2008Acura TSX for $28900 and it has 56199kms. Comes with a 2.4 litre I4 engine giving 205hp. This vehicle has a 5 star crash rating in all but one category.





2008 Nissan Maxima $25995

The second competitor is listed as the 2008 Nissan Maxima and I found one for $25995 with 51746kms. This vehicle comes with a 3.5L V6 engine putting out 255hp. The Maxima has 4 star crash rating in most categories.






2008 Toyota Avalon $24888

Finally was the 2008 Toyota Avalon and when I searched that I found one at $24888 with only 69967kms. 3.5L V6 is the standard engine in this car giving 268hp. Very nice car, has 5 star crash ratings. Overall rated quite high by the MSN Auto’s folks.





2008 Saab 9-3 Turbo X $25988

Now’s the best part, when searching for a Saab 9-3 to compare with, I came across a couple of 2008 Turbo X’s. The highest priced of the two was $26908 and the lower priced was $25988 with only 55500kms. The Turbo X also has a 6cyl engine and is so much fun to drive. The Saab has a 2.8L V6 engine giving 280hp. We have a 4 star crash rating.




What strikes me when I’m looking at prices and comparable vehicles is that most of the others are very plain and boring looking cars in my opinion. I want a car that is going to be fun to drive and appealing to the eye, for a price that is fair and doesn’t break the bank. Even if you took a 9-3 2.0T and I saw some priced in the low 20’s, it’s a heck of a buy when you do the comparison of what you get for your money. Another variable for me if I were looking for a new slightly used car would be the ownership experience. I have to say that when I see more than one Saab owner in the same place and the conversations that are had, the smiles when talking about turbo, Saab is so much more than just a car and is something that people want to be a part of. Saab owners are different, they are drivers that love to drive their cars, something that I have not experienced in talking to the owners of the above mentioned cars.

To wait or not to wait is the question. I would say that waiting to buy a used Saab is not the way to go. Product stock for used Saab’s is already scarce and dealers are going further out of their area to purchase used Saab’s for inventory. Personally our store located in Surrey, BC, Canada has gone as far as Texas to get inventory. As much as new Saab’s move slowly, we have never had a problem selling used Saab’s and on average are selling 4-5 used Saab’s per month and currently have 9 used Saab’s in stock. That being said, now would be the time to buy a used Saab if you find what you like. Don’t wait and then not be able to find the car you truly wanted or have to settle for something else that won’t put that turbo smile on your face.

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The really sad part is that you can buy new for the price of used.

My Saab dealer is selling NG9-5s at $15K off list, and 9-3s at $10K.

The cost of a new 9-5 now stands at the total of my (Dec 2010) lease payments!!


I by a saab convertible griffin in april2011.Well i deleted today my new saab here in belgium,the dealer of mercedes cal me everyday!!?but today i have by a saab convertible vector in the white color whith bleack leather seats,
model 2009,
he is from 2009,20000KM dealer in belgium beherman liege

greats an all


A great car! Congratulations! You will not regret it.

900 classic cab

A 4 star crash rating ???
Is that classification so much different than Euroncap, where all recent SAABs are 5 star ?
Are those 5 star really safer than the Turbo X ?

Jonas Axelsson

As they always say: First we have good news and then we have bad news so which first? On the sweet side I was relieved to find that with the price of used cars being up across the board if I did have to bail on my car it seems we don’t have to worry as much. On the down side I worry if there is still the pool of people to buy the car? Is there a statistic that indicates that there is a break point where there is little effect? By that I mean are the wealthy not… Read more »


Selling a 2008 Saab 9-3 2.0T because the wife wanted something smaller. Can’t find a buyer to save my life. Not to turn this thread into a sales pitch, just asking how to find buyers. Craigslist isn’t cutting it.


Just curious, Jonathan,… your wife interested in something smaller for better fuel economy or other reasons? I guess I never thought of the 9-3 as a particularly large car.


Yeah, the fuel economy is an issue. She averages just under 20mpg. The car isn’t big, but she isn’t that comfortable parking it. Also the nose is long and low, so she has a hard time judging where the front is. She still loves the car too, but likes the new gadgets that new cars offer, like backup camera, heated seats, and bluetooth. I know, I know, except for the backup camera, those other features are options on new Saabs. We already had that discussion. What can you do? I’m hoping to switch back when the 2013’s come out.


But what criteria did you classify the cars to be comparable? Because at least the Maxima and the Avalon are 20 cm longer and assumably have a larger interiour size as well. I would compare them with the 9-5 I.


Interesting statistics regarding crash safety which have not been put into the correct context. You seem to have compared 2008 models which presents a certain picture. Considering the 9-3 was developed 2003 the crash performance was at that time ( 2004 ) up there with the best with 17 points. ( using the main crash tests ) Honda came out best with a whopping 19, Volvo, Mercedes and Kia with 18 , Audi, BMW,Mazda and SAAB with 17 and then came the American flock from 16 & south. Toyota received 15 points. Interestingly enough BMW had a Safety concern raised… Read more »


This is a little reassuring, but did I not read here that all the OG 9-5 tooling has been sold to the Chinese? If so, then body panels etc could be hard to come by, even if GM-type mechanicals/electricals are easier to find.


2 words: junk yard. lots of og 9-5’s were made, lots of good parts are available used. I have 2 c900’s and it’s a breeze to keep them running… much cheaper than newer cars… don’t worry!


Roberto G

I have been debating with the same question of to Buy now or wait for a final resolution of SAAB survival. I could not resist anymore the amazing offers you are able to get now in the US. So I just bought a SAAB 9 5 aero with such discount that it compensate whatever outcome with the brand. Comparable competitors are selling for thousands of dollars more. Grab them meanwhile they last!!!


I don’t mean to be insulting (consider it constructive criticism), but imho, you’re not selling these very well… 1) that’s the worst safety comparison I’ve seen for the 9-3ss! I didn’t realize it *doesn’t* still get the highest ratings – remember, it was the first car ever to get an IIHS double best pick. It was designed before IIHS SUV side impact testing + passed it beautifully the first time! All other manufacturers (Audi, Acura, even Volvo) either failed it first try + redesigned, or actually withheld current models from testing (pending redesign) to avoid tarnishing their reputations because they… Read more »

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