I would just like to share with you photos of my 2009 9-3 TiD convertible which I just got back today after it was in my local Saab service centre for the hood to undergo “renovo” treatment. They have done a great job and the roof is now back to its former shade of blue, decided to get a full valet done as well…and to top it all, took advantage of the 10 day free trial of the Hirsch upgrade.
I hope you will consider it as a possible contender for SOTW sometime in the future…
Myself and my brother have been customers at the same dealer for 11 years now, since we became Saab devotees in May 2003, having purchased 6 vehicles from them in that time, 2 of which we still have, the 9-3 convertible and one of the last built new 9-5s.
They were previously known as…initially South West Saab, then became County Saab (which they were when we first became customers, an independent company with sites in Ayr, Inverness & Milton Keynes) and then Park’s Saab (Parks Motor Group is a large operator with several sites throughout the west of Scotland). The site (in Ayr) is now a Honda dealer but is also one of the authorised UK Saab service centres…great to see that they still have the Park’s Saab sign displayed on the premises (albeit in a less prominent position since having become a Honda dealership). During their time, they also won several Saab dealer of the year awards.
Have always had and still do have a great relationship with them…it’s the kind of place that just makes the customer feel at ease and there was never any of the cliched pushy sales techniques, just great service and a really friendly atmosphere…they’ve managed to retain this since having been bought over by the Park’s group, which is mainly down to the people who work there, they even used to give you home baking with your tea/coffee while waiting for the car if it was in for any servicing etc!
Anyway, sorry for the lengthy note, got a bit carried away there, hope I’ve not bored you too much.
PS, love the site and the fact it’s updated so regularly… keep up the great work.
Pictures were taken outside Kilmarnock Football Club(my home town) in Scotland.
Please check out the flickr link for extra shots of Georges beautiful convertible 9-3.