Saab 9-3 sketches – lookin good!

Saaburban dropped a link to these in comments and they looked so good I thought it a good idea to bring them to the front page.
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These are not official, nor are they likely related to Saab in any way. They look like part of a designer’s portfolio. But they’re quite attractive from the front and back (personally, I’m not so sure about the side profile).
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The designer’s name is Mark Johnson. It looks like he trained in Germany but either he’s originally from, or currently living in my old home town in Melbourne, Australia.
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You might remember that in the initial stages of Saab’s sale process, they had potential bidders visit the factory and attend a presentation in a room of the Saab Museum that was fitted out as a “showroom of the future”. That showroom included the 9-4x, 9-3x and the 2010 Saab 9-5 – and a preliminary proposal of the next Saab 9-3.
I hope that model looked as good as this one does. And I hope the new owner can bring it soon.
Thanks Saaburban!

Some notes and offers from Saab Australia

Last week I brought you a special offer from Saab Australia on Saab Parking Assist foe the Saab 9-3 (03-07 models).
I’ll repeat that offer below for those who may not have seen it, and as a reminder for those who have!
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First things first, though….
Saab Oz are cleaning out the sheds and have dug up a one-only offer – there’s only one of each of these accessories available so it’ll be first come, first serve.
Saab 9000 owners who want to get in early on a Spring clean and spruce up of their car have a rare opportunity to obtain a Genuine Saab Walnut Dash trim and a set of matching walnut door caps to suit RHD 9000 CD/CS from 1992 to 1998.
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Part numbers:
Dash – 136103405
Door – 136103033
Both of these parts are going for the one-only special price of $220 each. That’s $220 for the dash and $220 for the set of door caps.
Just contact your Aussie Saab dealer and they will order your part in and note that Saab Oz only have 1 of each at this price! Definitely no rain checks.
If your dealer has some problems, contact me and I’ll try and put you on to the right person.
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You may recall that just before I sold my 1985 900 Aero, I replaced the clutch in it. The replacement cost me around $800 installed.
When Saab Australia emailed me about the 9000 interior bits for sale, they also provided me with a nice little reminder about using Genuine Saab parts in your repairs.

I was reading recently your article about service costs and you mentioned that you had used a non-genuine Sachs clutch kit in your Classic 900 turbo, which from memory cost around $800 fitted. The RRP inc. GST for the Saab Genuine clutch and pressure plate kit is $286 plus $53.90 for the bearing, (the injected kit less again – only $198!). Standard time is 2.1 hours to fit, so even with some fluid and extra time it would be cheaper to go 100% Genuine.

Hmmmmmmm [he thinks to himself, rather embarassed]. Thanks.
It’s a good reminder to definitely count going Genuine in your research when something needs to be done. I had no idea that I’d blown some extra cash.
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Oh, and by the way, regarding the new owner of my 1985 Saab 900 Aero and the catastrophic engine failure……I received a quick explanation via email.
It started like this:

I went in a race with a friend….when the engine started to sound strangely.

Apparently the friend was in a turbocharged Nissan Skyline and the little Aero was acquitting itself quite well when it decided to quit.
Grrrrrrr.
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I’m very pleased to be able to pass on a special offer from Saab Australia.
They’ve sent out brochures about this to customers via their normal contact methods, but knowing that some people’s details may no longer be correct, they figured it wise to extend the offer via other means as well.
So if you’re an Aussie with a Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan, SportCombi (2003-2007) or a Saab 9-3 Convertible (2004-2007) then please read on and consider this excellent value offer from Saab Australia.
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Saab parking assist Whilst your eyes might be immediately drawn to the sexy twin pipes at the back of this 9-3, what you should be looking for is the little dimple you can just see there in the black bumper strip. Click to enlarge if you need to….
That’s Saab Parking Assist. When you put your car in reverse, those sensors detect the proximity of walls, vehicles, etc that might be in your blind spot, and the sensors beep at an increasing rate depending on how close you get to the object. Parking Assist is a genuine help when you’re parking in a tight spot and has helped thousands of people avoid costly repairs to paint and bumper panels.
So what’s the offer?
Saab Parking Assist is normally a $790 option for the 9-3 Sedan and Combi, and an $890 option on the Convertible.
Then you’ve got fitting costs as well, which at 1.4 hours for the sedan/combi and 1.7 hours for the convertible brings the normal total cost to around $1,000.
Until the end of June 2009, owners of 2003-07 9-3’s can have Genuine Saab Park Assist fitted for only $495.00.
Yes, that’s fitted!

That’s a genuine bumper-saving item for a genuine bumper price – around 50% off.
If any of you Aussie Saab 9-3 owners want to take advantage of this offer, just call your local Saab dealer. They should know all about it.
Alternatively, you can call Saab Central on 1800 50 SAAB (7222)

Special offer from Saab Australia – Saab Parking Assist for 9-3

I’m very pleased to be able to pass on a special offer from Saab Australia.
They’ve sent out brochures about this to customers via their normal contact methods, but knowing that some people’s details may no longer be correct, they figured it wise to extend the offer via other means as well.
So if you’re an Aussie with a Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan, SportCombi (2003-2007) or a Saab 9-3 Convertible (2004-2007) then please read on and consider this excellent value offer from Saab Australia.
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06-36003eu.jpg Whilst your eyes might be immediately drawn to the sexy twin pipes at the back of this 9-3, what you should be looking for is the little dimple you can just see there in the black bumper strip. Click to enlarge if you need to….
That’s Saab Parking Assist. When you put your car in reverse, those sensors detect the proximity of walls, vehicles, etc that might be in your blind spot, and the sensors beep at an increasing rate depending on how close you get to the object. Parking Assist is a genuine help when you’re parking in a tight spot and has helped thousands of people avoid costly repairs to paint and bumper panels.
So what’s the offer?
Saab Parking Assist is normally a $790 option for the 9-3 Sedan and Combi, and an $890 option on the Convertible.
Then you’ve got fitting costs as well, which at 1.4 hours for the sedan/combi and 1.7 hours for the convertible brings the normal total cost to around $1,000.
Until the end of June 2009, owners of 2003-07 9-3’s can have Genuine Saab Park Assist fitted for only $495.00.
Yes, that’s fitted!

That’s a genuine bumper-saving item for a genuine bumper price – around 50% off.
If any of you Aussie Saab 9-3 owners want to take advantage of this offer, just call your local Saab dealer. They should know all about it.
Alternatively, you can call Saab Central on 1800 50 SAAB (7222)

Saab colors for 2010

Just in via Djup Strupe:
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MY2010 Saab 9-3 Exterior Colors

  • Pepper green metallic
  • Lynx Yellow (conv only)
  • Snow Silver metallic
  • Arctic White
  • Nocturne Blue metallic
  • Black
  • Titan Grey metallic
  • Laser Red
  • Jet Black metallic
  • Ice Blue metallic
  • Carbon Grey metallic
  • Glass Grey metallic
  • Bright Champagne (conv only)
  • Glacier Silver metallic (new for 2010)

MY2010 Saab 9-3 Interior Selections

  • Parchment
  • Black
  • Black with parchment inserts
  • Parchment with black inserts

MY2010 Saab 9-5 Exterior Colors

  • Carbon Grey metallic
  • Diamond Silver metallic
  • Zodiac Black metallic
  • Pine Green metallic
  • Nordic White
  • Black
  • Turbo Red
  • Cranberry Red metallic
  • Fjord Blue metallic
  • Granite Gray metallic
  • Storm Blue metallic
  • Oak metallic

MY2010 Saab 9-5 Interior Selections

  • Jet Black
  • Light Neutral
  • Jet Black perforated
  • Light neutral perforated
  • Dark Pewter perforated

Saab 9-3 XWD review from Channel 4 – can someone explain this?

It’s almost 1am as I start writing this. I’ve got an early morning tomorrow but I couldn’t let this pass.
A few years ago I read a review of the Saab 9-3 where the reviewer gave the car either 3, 3.5 or 4 stars out of 5 for safety. That’s despite the fact that the Saab 9-3 is a 5-star rated car with EuroNCAP.
That probably still remains the benchmark for stupid automotive journalism, but this review from Channel4 is a strong contender.
Firstly, how is it that you can rate car in six different categories, give it an average of 3 stars in mathematical terms (17 of 30 possible stars) and yet rate it as only a 2-star car over all? Ever heard of rounding up?
Even if they’re weighting the categories, surely safety (which they do give 5 stars for) outweighs some of the other categories – it does in all those fancy consumer surveys.
And then there’s stuff like this, which speaks for itself:

Space in the rear is decent for headroom, but there’s limited kneeroom and tall drivers will struggle to sit behind a tall driver.

I imagine they will. It’s hard enough to share a driver’s seat with a small driver, let alone another tall one!! Especially if that driver’s seat is in the rear!
Look, I know that the Saab 9-3 is a flawed vehicle in some areas. I’ve gone on enough about the interior and don’t need to do so again. And maybe the Haldex XWD is too good, too precise, to provide the active hang-your-arse-out driving style that some of these journos prefer.
But to me, this review just doesn’t make sense.
I’m off to bed. I think I’ll dream of doing slalom runs in an XWD Saab with motoring writers as witches hats.
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On the positive side, they do have some excellent photos…..
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Who hasn’t driven a Saab 9-3?

I know from surveys and polls I’ve done here in the past that the largest single owner group perusing this blog is the group of owners with a Saab 9-3 in the garage. Whether it be a Sport Sedan, SportCombi or Convertible, the 9-3 is in what looms largest in garages across the readership here.
I do wonder, however, how many of the rest of you have actually driven the Saab 9-3, in whatever body style – and yes, I’m referring to the Sport Sedan generation of the 9-3 that started with the Sport Sedan from 2003 onwards, not the one that took over from the next generation Saab 900.
We talk a fair bit about the Saab 9-3 and its importance to Saab. It’s their volume seller and will probably continue to be their most important vehicle for some time.
So if you haven’t driven a Saab 9-3 yet, I’d invite you to do so.
If you’ve got the time in the next week or so, I suggest you call your local Saab dealer and ask for a test drive. If you’re not in a buying position then please be up front with the sales person and let them know you’re just trying to get familiar with the car, that you’re a Saab nut and you’ve heard a lot about it and that you want to make your mind up for yourself about how good this car is.
MY089-3fullside500.jpg Then, if you’ve got the time (again) I’d ask that you jot down a few thoughts and send them to me to share here.
One thing I’d ask……
We see the automotive media do this all the time but I’m going to ask you to avoid it – making comparisons.
Please just drive it and then judge it individually on its merits. Is it a good car or not? Does it deliver a great driving experience or not? Do you like the styling when you see it in person, or not? Do you like the cabin or not?
In making comparisons we focus on compromises and can lose the point of driving a car – do we enjoy that car or not. Any purchase decision involves a compromise but I’m not asking you to make a purchasing decision here. I’m just asking one simple thing: after driving the Saab 9-3 for the first time (or the first time in a long time if you’ve driven one before but some time ago), what do you think of the car?
I think the Saab 9-3 is a great car and I’d love to own one some day. I think the 2.0T engine is an absolute cracker and despite my longings for the old button dash, I also really like the interior ergonomics, comfort and functionality.
If you’ve not driven a Saab 9-3 yet, then I’d love to know what you think of it as a first timer.

Friday evening very quick snippets – no V6 global edition

Further to the post about there being no V6 engine in the 2010 Saab 9-3 for the US market, I can now confirm that this is not just a US thing.
I’ve been told quite reliably from Saab that this will be a global thing. There will be no V6 offered in any market in the Saab 9-3 from 2010.
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The reason why there’s nothing new from me in the last 24 hours, and there’ll be nothing for the next 24 hours either, is because I’m currently enjoying views like this one…..
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…and no, that definitely ain’t Hobart.
I’m actually writing this from Richo’s office in inner-Sydney. Tonight I catch up with a bunch of Saab nuts at the Belgian Beer Cafe before going to the football tomorrow (which was the whole basis of the trip – an 18th birthday thingy for the young bloke).
Anyway, things will be quiet, so please continue to talk amongst yourselves…..
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