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I'm looking at a 2006 9-3 Aero V6, 6 spd manual, with 38k miles on it for $9000. Second owner with some maintenance records. Car seems pretty solid. Any thoughts on this one?

What are your parts and maintenance experience lately? I heard Saab Auto Parts is now producing parts again, but there is a backlog - is that true?

Also, I have 2 kids, does this car work ok for families? It's not the main family vehicle, just have to haul them occasionally.
 

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How old are the kids, small back seat, but can hold 2 adults on short trips, if you are not too tall.
Sorry, I have a CV, probably plenty of room in a sedan.!
 

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I sold my 2006 2.0T with 40,00 miles on it for $9500 about 2 months ago. I think $9000 for that Aero is a fair price as long as the condition is excellent. I have used two different 9-3s (2006 2.0T sedan and 2011 Sportcombi Aero) as my secondary family vehicle with 3 kids for years now with no problems. I hear no complaints from my kids and they always point out SAABs when they see them on the road now.
 

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Good car. I'd go for it. I paid $9,200 for my '07 Aero a year and a half ago with 60k on it wholesale so the price is definitely right.
 

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Sounds like a good deal. I've had no trouble with parts, but I haven't tried to get any body parts. Between Ebay and aftermarket sellers I've been able to find everything I've needed for the inside of the car. If you can DIY a little bit it is a truly great car for the price.
 

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Thanks for the feedback. Have you found maintenance to be on the expensive side (e.g., BMW/Merc levels?) or not quite that bad?

I'll offer him 8500 and see what happens.
 

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Thanks for the feedback. Have you found maintenance to be on the expensive side (e.g., BMW/Merc levels?) or not quite that bad?
I've been buying parts on line and then taking them to local tire shops that do brakes, suspension and oil changes. For major, SAAB specific work there is a local indie SAAB shop. Old fashioned type garage, but he knows SAABS. No wine, coffee or wi-fi unless you pick up a coffee at Micky D's on the way in. I didn't ask his hourly rate but I am sure it is competitive with all the small time garages in town and less than a BMW dealer.And since he knows SAABs he should be able to diagnose and complete the job faster!

For quality parts I don't think prices vary much by make or model. It's just that for Toyota or Ford/Chevy etc. there are more aftermarket brands and some really cheap stuff out there.
 

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Thanks for the feedback. Have you found maintenance to be on the expensive side (e.g., BMW/Merc levels?) or not quite that bad?

I'll offer him 8500 and see what happens.
Maintenance isn't horrible, pretty reliable car. In 3 years I have about $5,000 dollars in maintenance costs but $1800 of that was 2 new fuel pumps (doesn't seem to be a wide spread issue) and $600 for tires. So for normal wear and tear and service items less than $1000 a year.
 

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Maintenance isn't horrible, pretty reliable car. In 3 years I have about $5,000 dollars in maintenance costs but $1800 of that was 2 new fuel pumps (doesn't seem to be a wide spread issue) and $600 for tires. So for normal wear and tear and service items less than $1000 a year.
Either lucky or good, but I think I've average around $600 per year for last four. Suspension and tire overhaul around $1100, brakes and rotors around $700, oil changes (got a deal at local tire dealer, they did a loss leader, semi-syn, 10 changes for $100, I taked them into 5 synthetic, Mobil 1 for $20 each). And a battery for around $100 and window regulator, $150.
 

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Thanks for the feedback. Have you found maintenance to be on the expensive side (e.g., BMW/Merc levels?) or not quite that bad?

I'll offer him 8500 and see what happens.
No. I use a regular indie mechanic who is not a Euro specialist by any means, he's just good and reliable. Sometimes I have to dig up parts for him, but these cars aren't complicated really. Electrical gremlins can be an issue; at that point you find a saab specialist who knows what they're doing. Otherwise for brakes, oil changes, suspension, A/C, you don't need a specialist IMO.

But I will reiterate my usual advice to Saab buyers: if you don't know cars, and don't know what repairs should cost, you can lose your shirt. If you're posting on this forum and asking these types of questions it shouldn't be a problem. But I'd hate to think what would happen to a 22 year old girl who took this car to a Midas. They'd probably find a couple thousand dollars worth of stuff to do.
 

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Thanks. Ive got a crossover now and it has a lot of miles on it. Looking for something actually enjoyable to drive and want to avoid the camaccords. Not keen on rwd german in Canada. I think this will be the right car. I can afford to maintain it just want to avoid a money pit but souds like a solid choice.
 

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Thats cheap, wish I could find a deal like that around ny
 

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Thanks. Ive got a crossover now and it has a lot of miles on it. Looking for something actually enjoyable to drive and want to avoid the camaccords. Not keen on rwd german in Canada. I think this will be the right car. I can afford to maintain it just want to avoid a money pit but souds like a solid choice.
It's excellent in the snow (I'm in Rochester so I know).

The negatives are the keys (they rot and are a pain to get programmed if you need a spare), and the locking mechanism in general. Keep the key in a pouch of some kind. It will slow the rotting process, and will also prevent you from pushing buttons outside of the range of the car (which locks you out, and the only way to get in is to set off the alarm). Those two things, rotting keys and the lock-you-out-of-your-own-car feature, are the worst things about the car. But they are minor.
 

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Took it for a drive, wow, what a car. I now know why Saab owners love their cars. It is a true driver's car.

The clutch seemed good, but just curious, what does a clutch job go for if required?
 

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Go for it. I'm on my 3rd, 2nd V6 Aero. I had an '06.

Price seems good however offer them $8000. Would be nice if it had the TSB's up date which is pretty much just the coolant expansion tank and software update.

And if you're near or in Vancouver you have a great loyal dealer.
 
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