Saab Story

cars.com 2000 Saab 9-3I start­ed out look­ing for a used Golf, but I’ve real­ized they are real­ly crap­py cars– espe­cial­ly if you’re not buy­ing a new one.

After test dri­ving a hon­da, and decid­ing I wasn’t ready to give up all fun in my life, I drove a used Saab 9–3. Wow.

This is your basic entry-lev­el Saab — but with leather seats, sun­roof, and a 180hp tur­bo engine to all but ensure that I won’t become an ardent envi­ron­men­tal­ist — although it is a 4-cylin­der.

My only prob­lem is that I’m wor­ried that I’m going to look like a tool­box in this thing. I mean, can you legal­ly lis­ten to punk rock in a Saab? Is it con­sid­ered “gauche” to eat Wendy’s and belong to the Demo­c­ra­t­ic par­ty, as a Saab own­er? Am I crazy?

13 Responses to “Saab Story”


  • If you pre­tend you are a Social­ist while you’re dri­ving it, it’s def­i­nite­ly OK to play punk rock in a Saab, though it’s eas­i­er to get away with in a Vol­vo.

    And you say “gauche” like it’s a neg­a­tive thing…

  • Well, it looks pret­ty nice. Too bad you can’t buy two (as I need a car now) and get a major dis­count.

  • The one time I got seat time in a Saab, I was whip­ping past every­one on I-40 west and won­der­ing why they were drag­ging so, inas­much as I was doing a mere 55 mph.

    And then it was point­ed out to me that I was read­ing the tach, and that I was in fact doing 5500 rpm.

    I am indeed grate­ful that none of the local gen­darmes were wit­ness to this event.

  • You should prob­a­bly con­sid­er car­ry­ing a tool­box in the Saab (9–3 is an indi­ca­tion of the day­light hours that you need to work to fund it’s oper­a­tion). There is a rea­son why you will see so many “off lease” and “low mileage” Saabs for sale. Both my friends and rel­a­tives have owned these Gen­er­al Motors vehi­cles with noth­ing good to report. Keep shop­ping, there are a lot of good new and used cars in the $15k price range.
    2000–2001 Acu­ra TL’s with sim­i­lar mileage are in the same price range and are bul­let­proof. The Hyundai Elantra GT is a new car that comes to mind with that bud­get in mind. Per­son­al­ly, I just “down­grad­ed” to a new Maz­da Pro­tege 5 and a 1993 Impreza (talk about bul­let­proof!) 4wd wag­on for the win­ter at a total cost of $17,000.
    Hap­py Dri­ving!!!

  • First of all, what’s wrong with a Hon­da??!!??! Besides the fact that they get stolen in L.A.? That’s a hot car. Just get a mini coop & call it a day or go the oth­er way & get a 1964 El Dora­do con­vertable. I say go for the cad­dy. Saabs are a nice auto, though.

  • Dude, you’re peeps know noth­ing about cars ;)
    Any­way, did you buy it yet?

    If not, here are two tid­bits that hoe­ful­ly get you stoked about being a Saab own­er:

    Saabs kick ass in the rac­ing world, and always have.…ever since their low­ly two-stoke mod­els, Saab cars have ruled their class in the ral­ly world, and the ice rac­ing cir­cuits; bul­let­proof sus­pen­sions, strong inte­grat­ed chas­sis com­po­nents, and a dri­ve train that is sec­ond only to the new Subaru’s in pro­duc­tion line tur­bo equipped engine (Sub­aru is geared more towards all out per­for­mance though, where­as Saab is ori­ent­ed on usable pow­er and efficiency).…an inter­est­ing note is that both Saab and Sub­aru share their roots based in air­plane engine man­u­fac­ture and devel­op­ment.

    The 93 des­ig­na­tion was born in 1955…you won’t be dri­ving a repub­li­can gro­cery get­ter, you’ll be dri­ving a piece of his­to­ry, with a lin­eage steeped in mus­cle car atti­tude and prac­ti­cal lux­u­ry.

    Despite the “large” dis­place­ment of Saab’s 4 cylin­der engine, it is EXTREMELY clean run­ning. Recent­ly Saab con­duct­ed sev­er­al expo­si­tions around the most recent updates to the Euro clean air reg­u­la­tions where they took sev­er­al of their ven­er­a­ble two-stoke cars, rout­ed their exhausts direct­ly to the intakes of their cur­rent tur­bo and euro-only diesels, and mea­sured exhaust gas emis­sions. There was no change in par­tic­u­late or oth­er emis­sions from the new engine series, in fact par­tic­u­late mea­sure­ments fro the Saab’s exhaust were low­er than the inher­ent par­tic­u­lates found in the air of Rome and Cairo.

  • Wow. That’s some infor­ma­tion. Fun­ny that GM owns all or a big piece of both Saab and Sub­aru…

    So, Smaaht kid, tell me what type­face is used on the instru­ment pan­els? That’s what I real­ly want to know…

  • That is fun­ny GM in the ear­ly 90’s was fail­ing in the mar­ket­place, their desire to get ahold of Saab’s engi­neer­ing achieve­ments in trac­tion con­trols sys­tems, engine man­age­ment sys­tems, and tur­bo inte­gra­tion led to their pur­chase of Saab, who at that point were severe­ly run­ning out of resources in part due to GM’s short­com­ings in sup­ply of parts. It was a match that real­ly did enhance both com­pa­nies as Saab was still left in charge of Saab, they got an increased dis­count on the parts they were already buy­ing from GM, and GM got a cut of their profits.…of course teh shar­ing of tech­nol­o­gy (both good and bad…see OnStar) ben­e­fit­ted both com­pa­nies as well.
    Saabs are still Saabs, and GMs are still GMs…just like a Chrysler is still a Chrysler and a Mer­cades is still a Mer­cades.

    As for teh font, I have no idea ;)

  • I would not hes­i­tate one moment. Who cares about image when you get to dri­ve a Saab with leather seats and a 180hp tur­bo.

    Just do it :-)

  • Honestly—they look nice, but are hor­ri­ble qual­i­ty. They were hor­ri­ble even before GM bought into them.

    Also, Saabs are pret­ty “ghey”. Noth­ing wrong with being gay or any­thing, but if you’re het­ero, you might want to con­sid­er that. Go for a BMW.

  • my mom has a saab. she has had it for over 10 years. she just recent­ly start­ed hav­ing trou­ble with it, but only because she nev­er dri­ves any­where far­ther than 20 miles away from our house in it.

    i think it is great. i can’t wait until i can get a new car. i love my lit­tle toy­ota corol­la, but it does feel a lit­tle “col­lege-y” next to my boss’s covert­ible lexus.

    sara

  • To be poor with­out bit­ter­ness is easy; to be rich with­out arro­gance is hard.

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