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Hi Guys!!!!

I'm purchasing a 2008 9-3 Aero w/ the Winter Package. It's titan gray w/ sunroof.

It has 90k miles by the same owner (1 owner, very well maintained (all maintenance at Saab dealerships), no accidents/smoke/body work done). Friends recommendation;ol; (know a guy that knows this guy).

My question is what should I pay for a car in this condition (he wants an offer) and what should I look first when I drive the car (yes I've read all stickies here).

Great forum by the way!
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Lano
 

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KBB suggests more like under $11K
http://www.kbb.com/saab/9-3/2008-sa...e&condition=very-good&pricetype=private-party


The service record would be very important to me, lot of miles for a 2008.
To me you would be better off findin a lower mileage one and spending a little more, but that may not fit your situation.
Got it, thanks! So 10,500 would be reasonable...

I looked into 2008-2011 9-3 (non-aero) models for a month now and they are all going for over 14,000 if they have less than 30k miles ;-(
 

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I don't think the miles are that big of a deal and it's probably highway miles so pretty easy.

Look over the service records. Any unresolved issues? Did the coolant tank get replaced? (it should have it was serviced at a good dealer)

Overall great car and very reliable.

Pricewise looks like there are several on cars.com, one that looks to be the twin of the one you're looking at--titan gray and 90,000 mi.:eek: Asking $12,900.
So I'd offer the guy $10-11,000. Trade in or dealer buy out would probably be around $9,000 so anything over that and you both win.
 

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I don't think the miles are that big of a deal and it's probably highway miles so pretty easy.

Look over the service records. Any unresolved issues? Did the coolant tank get replaced? (it should have it was serviced at a good dealer)

Overall great car and very reliable.

Pricewise looks like there are several on cars.com, one that looks to be the twin of the one you're looking at--titan gray and 90,000 mi.:eek: Asking $12,900.
So I'd offer the guy $10-11,000. Trade in or dealer buy out would probably be around $9,000 so anything over that and you both win.
I do agree that racking up 90K pus miles in four years must mean a lot of highway driving. Just be aware that in most cases, in my experince, SAABs are good for 200K miles. But if one doesn't want to spend a few thousand more to get leeser miles, I agree this could be a good deal.

Afterall, late model and an Aero.
 

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Roadtrip

Thanks for all the input guys. I have figured out a number and it seams like he will accept.

Now my test drive will be 1,400 miles (HWY) from his house to mine!

Am I crazy to do that?
 

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Thanks for all the input guys. I have figured out a number and it seams like he will accept.

Now my test drive will be 1,400 miles (HWY) from his house to mine!

Am I crazy to do that?
Nope, have a good drive and enjoy getting to know your car.
 

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Thanks for all the input guys. I have figured out a number and it seams like he will accept.

Now my test drive will be 1,400 miles (HWY) from his house to mine!

Am I crazy to do that?
Damn! That's a good drive but will give you a chance to become intimate with your new car:p Where will you be driving it from?

So does he have the service history and such? And of course what was your final negotiation?
 

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I am getting my aero shipped from South Carolina to Michigan for $400 to my door. I would look into that. I would not drive 1,400 miles unless the car was a great deal, so that would be $9,000 or less. It's probably worth about $10,000 if the car is in good condition.

Personally I would rather get a 9-3 sport with less than 50,000 miles for $11,000-$12,000 than get an aero with so many miles. Once that aero breaks the 100,000 mark the value starts plummeting fast. It's probably why hes selling the car. The general population have such a negative reaction to cars when they hit the 100k mark. The non aero is better on gas, handles well, looks almost the same, and parts are easier to find. Most people are trying to get $14,000 for their 08's but once in a while you will see some pop up for $13,000 or less and you need to jump on it.
 

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IOWA - ARIZONA here I come!

Great guys! I'll see what I can do. The drive will be from Iowa to Arizona!

I can't wait! I love to drive and been a father that drives SUV's for a while, I can't imagine how amazing would be to drive a real 'driver's' car! The last SAAB I was drove was a 1997 Saab 900 so I guess I will feel weird driving the 9-3?!

I will update with pictures and info after the drive.

The deal is done, 11k if it's in his stated condition (immaculate w/ all service records, no body/work done etc), 9.5k if it's anything inferior (because I'm gambling the airfare...) I guess it's a good deal considering the history and optionals!

I'm leaving tomorrow from the airport (7am ish)...

I am getting my aero shipped from South Carolina to Michigan for $400 to my door. I would look into that. I would not drive 1,400 miles unless the car was a great deal, so that would be $9,000 or less. It's probably worth about $10,000 if the car is in good condition.

Personally I would rather get a 9-3 sport with less than 50,000 miles for $11,000-$12,000 than get an aero with so many miles. Once that aero breaks the 100,000 mark the value starts plummeting fast. It's probably why hes selling the car. The general population have such a negative reaction to cars when they hit the 100k mark. The non aero is better on gas, handles well, looks almost the same, and parts are easier to find. Most people are trying to get $14,000 for their 08's but once in a while you will see some pop up for $13,000 or less and you need to jump on it.
Hi Bill! Thanks for the input. I did consider the 2.0T, believe me! I just didn't find that great deal in a timely manner...

I am actually trading DOWN from a 25k SUV to a 'DRIVER's' car! I really can't wait. I'm a parent and will have my 2nd child in Mar/13. I got a work vehicle and had an SUV forever now. I wanted to get away from the SUV and buy a car in cash that would make me feel like a man again (hahahaha) with money to spare for future expenses.

I've always wanted SAAB's since 1989 and Seinfeld series running up. Depreciation is really not a concern I just want a car that I can play with. Upgrade, Mod, Change stuff at the engine, exhaust, tune turbo w/ vtuner, etc. To have fun as a hobby. Of course I would like to leave it stock on the looks (I don't like to mess around with aesthetics and then again SAABs are so amazing anyway).

So that's basically it, and as you saw we ended up at 11k + 300 ticket and 3 nights at hotels and 2 -3 tanks of gas.

I love to drive and road-trips are always fun. I quoted shipping with DAS and uShip and it would run around $1,300...
 

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Hopefully you enjoy it. I think I would have worked on the price since you have so many expenses to go along with the purchase. At least if there's service records you know it's been taken care of.
 

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Congrats, be careful driving. Try to find a store that sells an escort redline while you're there ;) (i'm a valentine one guy but they don't sell those in stores)
 

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So it doesn't have massive body roll when cornering? Doesn't shudder rather than absorb uneven roads? Doesn't pitch and wallow mid corner? Doesn't understeer on exit like a mini bus? Doesn't crash over bumps, reverberating through the entire car?

That's one hell of a base 9-3.
 

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So it doesn't have massive body roll when cornering? Doesn't shudder rather than absorb uneven roads? Doesn't pitch and wallow mid corner? Doesn't understeer on exit like a mini bus? Doesn't crash over bumps, reverberating through the entire car?

That's one hell of a base 9-3.
Actually it doesn't. It stays very flat around corners and drives very smooth. We have some of the worst roads in the entire country, and I have zero issues with her car. That includes streets in Detroit that haven't been maintained in a 40+ years. Unless your daily driver is a GTR (which sounds like it is based on your comments) then a Saab Sport is a great handling car. I've owned a couple neon srt-4's, caliber srt-4 with upgraded sway bars, 2011 Taurus SHO, A couple Ford focus hatchbacks, Suv's, Trucks, Ford Fusion, 1996 Firebird Formula, and a few other cars. I've also driven numerous types of cars too. Her Saab handles awesome. Sorry you don't agree with me, but it's my opinion. Compared to the Fusion I drive now, her car handles like a go kart.
 

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Actually it doesn't. It stays very flat around corners and drives very smooth. We have some of the worst roads in the entire country, and I have zero issues with her car. That includes streets in Detroit that haven't been maintained in a 40+ years. Unless your daily driver is a GTR (which sounds like it is based on your comments) then a Saab Sport is a great handling car. I've owned a couple neon srt-4's, caliber srt-4 with upgraded sway bars, 2011 Taurus SHO, A couple Ford focus hatchbacks, Suv's, Trucks, Ford Fusion, 1996 Firebird Formula, and a few other cars. I've also driven numerous types of cars too. Her Saab handles awesome. Sorry you don't agree with me, but it's my opinion. Compared to the Fusion I drive now, her car handles like a go kart.
The Saab "Sport" must be a one off performance model:p
 
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