Yes, this is another Quick Hit by yours truly, and I found this gem over at the Wagons HO! Facebook Page. The Saabs that were produced under the watchful eye of General Motors were some of the most questionable vehicles to ever leave Scandinavia, with a hodgepodge of engines, transmissions, and parts that were sourced from all over the globe. The company stubbornly stuck with some of their most quirky traits, like the ignition switch between the front seats, and a blacked out instrument panel in which only the Speedo was displayed (if you so chose…). However, the 9-3 Sport Combi was one of those rare flashes of brilliance during this very dark period… But does that make it desirable? Any European bred vehicle built during this time period (2000 to 2012) that has been run with this many miles is (in my humble opinion) a ticking time bomb ready to do serious damage to you or your wallet. According to the Craigslist Listing:
Selling 2006 SAAB 9-3 Aero Sport Combi. V6 2.8 liters Turbocharged and intercooled engine with 6 speed manual transmission. 250 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque, enough to twirl the speedo needle to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Mileage – 134xxx miles. Fully loaded – Power heated leather seats, Bi-Xenon, Premium sound system with 2 Alpine amplifiers and subwoofer, 6 CD changer/AUX, Moonroof, Parking rear sensors, F&R Side airbags, Roof rack, Premium 17” alloy wheels, etc. Clean title, clean CarFax, never been in accident. Perfect cosmetic and mechanical condition. Very fun and fast. Best stock sound system I’ve ever heard.
Points to Saab for producing a Wagon with a Turbo and a manual, even though the General shoved the Troll-Blazer onto unwitting Saab management, but there is that question of longevity as well as reliability. Will this Saab stand the test of time with a new owner, and if so, should the new owner (whoever they may be) fork over $6,800 to experience one of the last, great Saabs built? See the listing here, and let me know…
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