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Old 26th June 2012
engelgrafik engelgrafik is offline
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Default I really want a newer 9-3x or 9-3 Sportcombi... does it make sense to buy Saab now?

Don't get me wrong. I'm the first person to say that just because a company is bankrupt and may not make new cars for several years doesn't mean you shouldn't buy one.

However... I've heard tales that there aren't enough parts for the newer model years. And so if you get in an accident, you may drive around with missing doors and roofs for a few months until you find one...and then you'll pay an arm and a leg for it. Is this true?

Also, prices... does it make sense to pay $28K for a 2011 9-3x with small miles? Or $18K for a 2010 9-3 Sportcombi with 35,000 miles? This is what I'm seeing in the greater Boston area. Does the "Saab-is-bankrupt, sell-me-your-car-for-cheap" argument work with the dealers? Or do they know that there are Saab enthusiasts that want to pick up one those rare last models sitting in the lots now that that dealerships have cut and run?

Let's put it it this way... biggest bang for the buck, what should I be looking at in a 9-3x or a 9-3 Sportcombi? Is there a better year for the money? What's the worst deal you can think of? The best deal?

I have to get rid of the ol' Beast.. my trusty 2001 9-3 which is still running even though if it was any other car, it would already by dead. Were it not for the fact that this car is a Saab, I would feel worried that the power steering leaks through about once every two days, and the car shudders at high speeds probably due to bad bearings or bent axle or something. But it plods on. Even though sometimes doesn't crank. And so I wait about 5 minutes, and then it cranks. Did I mention that since Sunday, it is loud as hell ever since the air condition briefly died on me while going uphill in 95 degree weather? It was originally an occasional growl... and the AC didn't work for 30 minutes... but now the AC works great, but the growl has become a continuous series of growls and roars, depending on my acceleration. And the car plods on!! haha....

Still.. it's time to move on. Must get a new car. This just isn't acceptable for passengers and the occasional use by my girlfriend. Especially the non-starting part... even though my repair guy set up a wire connection under the hood where I can jump the wire to the battery's positive terminal and it instantaneously cranks. She doesn't like to get her hands dirty, and she fears electric shock.

Time to get a new car...

I've thought about buying a Subaru Impreza or Outback.... but my lord, those cars are UGLY. And the Impreza wagon doesn't have Turbo unless you get that ugly WRX.

Help. Guidance. Suggestions please.
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