Saturday, June 3, 2017

6-Speed Manual: 2010 Saab 9-3 Aero AWD

The second generation of the Saab 9-3 was produced starting in 2002 and somehow survived the 2008 carpocalypse and made it all the way through 2012 before it was sort-of resuscitated with Chinese and Indian backers for 2013-2014...but that is a story for another time.  Find this 2010 Saab 9-3 Aero AWD offered for $13,000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.

The first thing that really stands out in this advertisement are the photos -- they look like something out of a magazine --hat's off to the guy behind the lens.  This particular example comes from late in production, but not so late that you'll find Swedish meatballs in the headliner from disgruntled Saab assembly technicians.  

The 9-3 was built on GM's global Epsilon platform (Opel Vectra, Cadillac BLS) and is handsome sedan in a clean Audi-like sense, but it still maintains key Saabness.  Quirky, born from jets...whatever, this Saab is powered by a 2.8 liter turbocharged V6 mated to the front wheels that puts out 250 horsepower.  

 See a better way to Saab?


  1. Very nicely photographed. Not too many miles. What is the reliability of the GM engine? Any areas of concern (electronics, etc.)?

    1. I'm driving a 2008 9-3 model. Currently has 122,000 miles on it. The engine itself has not given me any problems at all, I just do the normal maintenance. But for about two years I've had a small leak in the radiator (or hoses), but it's too small to be found by the mechanic, while he pressurizes the system. So I keep adding small amounts of coolant. It also has an oil leak, somewhere "near the back side of the engine". Again, it's been managed by checking the oil level and topping it off 9about a quart or two between oil changes) , and a third leak sprung about a year ago in the power steering. None of these leaks are gushers, so it's manageable. I still love the car, it drives great, interior looks good, no rust at all. But I do have low beam light bulbs that burn out about every 3-6 months for some reason, or on occasion the computer will tell me the backup light is defective, while it still works. I still consider these "minor" issues, and see no reason to sell the car. Hoping to get another 60,000 out of it.

  2. Love it. Best iteration of an admittedly old platform. Except for the super GM-ified interior. YUCK.

  3. So the either 4 or 6 cylinder is mated to the front wheels? So is it just fooling around with the rear wheels? Video (XWD rated, of course) or it didn't happen.


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