2008 Saab 9-3  -  $29,740


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $29,740
Base Invoice: $28,343
Destination Charge: $745
Options: $550
Trim: 4dr Sdn
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 19 | Hwy: 29
Body Style: 4dr Sdn
Transmission: Transmission, manual (Includes 6-speed manual transmission.)
Engine: Engine, 2.0L DOHC MPFI 4-cylinder, turbocharged (210 HP [156.6 kW] @ 5500 rpm, 221 lb. ft. [298.4 Nm] @ 2500 rpm)

Model Highlights

The 2008 Saab 9-3 is available in three different body styles--sedan (called Sport), wagon (called SportCombi), and convertible--but all three models share the same basic mechanical layout and have the same powertrains. All three styles are available in either base or Aero guise; base models have a 210-horsepower, 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, while Aero models get a 2.8L turbocharged V6 engine making 255 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all models with an automatic optional; the automatic is a five-speed on base models and a six-speed on Aeros. With a manual transmission, the 9-3 base sedan or wagon comes with EPA fuel economy ratings as high as 19 mpg city, 29 highway.

The 2.8L turbocharged V6 offered on Aero models is designed for high-performance driving along with efficient operation; it gets special alloy cylinder heads, a forged steel crankshaft and sinter-forged connecting rods, special pistons and oil cooling jets, and a high-performance oil cooler.

Late in the model year all-wheel-drive versions of the Aero sedan and SportCombi will reportedly be introduced. The all-wheel-drive system that debuts, called XWD, is an "Active on Demand" system that engages only when needed, though no front-wheel slip is needed before it sends more power to the back wheels. It also brings more of a rear-wheel-drive feel when under power.

The 9-3 remains one of the better-handling front-wheel-drive cars, with a four-wheel independent suspension arrangement and a special rear geometry that enables rear-wheel steer response for better stability. Aero models include a lowered suspension, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel vented disc brakes, fog lamps, and xenon headlamps.

The 9-3's interior includes a long list of luxury features, such as dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, faux-wood trim, remote entry, and a seven-speaker sound system with auxiliary input and steering wheel controls; Aero models add a moonroof, leather sport seats, and the new Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system, which was designed specifically for the 9-3's cabin, with eleven speakers and a six-disc changer. In sedan and SportCombi variants, the back seats fold forward for expanded cargo space.

Equipment is similar for convertible models, which have a power-operated soft top, now in a light-tan Parchment color. Convertible models have a fixed back seat that will accommodate adults for short rides.

The 9-3 is loaded with all the safety features that might be expected in this class, including anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, front side air bags, and side curtain air bags for all outboard positions. Combination head/thorax bags for the driver and passenger are offered on the Convertible.


Pros

Interior appointments; solid handling; lively acceleration (Aero); newly available all-wheel drive.


Model News

After getting a substantially redesigned interior for 2007, the Saab 9-3 family gets a completely restyled exterior for 2008, along with some additional cosmetic changes inside. The exterior changes are inspired by the flashy Aero X concept car and include a larger grille, redesigned front fenders, and a new V-shaped hood, along with new headlamps and taillamps. The interior, including door inserts and arm rests, is now available in semi-aniline leather, and a new black interior replaces the former Grey. Also, the cup holder design has been improved.

The convertible also has some cosmetic changes; in addition to those affecting the sedan and wagon, it gets a black window frame and front pillar, and the soft-top is now a Parchment color.

There are a number of other new features, including cornering headlamps on the Aero, redesigned wiper blades, new alloy wheel designs, and a premium Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system. Availability of OnStar and XM Satellite Radio have been expanded, and rain-sensing wipers are now on the standard equipment list.

Also, the Aero model's turbocharged V6 gets a boost in power, and late in the model year all-wheel drive is expected to be available for the first time in the 9-3.


Value Writeup

The Saab 9-3 has long been a sportier looking, sportier driving alternative to other European luxury sedans, and the convertible model remains one of the most practical choices among drop-tops for day-to-day utility. The 2008 9-3 already stands out for its tight, crisp handling; the expected availability of all-wheel drive should make the 9-3 more appealing in its class for those in snowy climes. And for those who are especially fashion conscious the 9-3, now fully and dramatically redesigned inside and out, is much more of a head-turner.


Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
29 MPG

Cruising Range - City
304.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
19 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
464.00 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4

Displacement
2.0L/121

Fuel System
MPFI

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5500

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
221 @ 2500

Trans Order Code
MM3

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Manual

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.05

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.54

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.44

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120

EPA Classification
Compact

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
93.4 ft³

Front Head Room
38.9 in

Front Leg Room
42.3 in

Front Shoulder Room
56.3 in

Second Head Room
37.0 in

Second Leg Room
35.1 in

Second Shoulder Room
55.1 in

Wheelbase
105.3 in

Length, Overall
182.9 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
69.0 in

Height, Overall
57.1 in

Track Width, Front
60.0 in

Track Width, Rear
59.3 in

Trunk Volume
15.0 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3210 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson

Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link

Front Tire Size
P215/55HR16

Rear Tire Size
P215/55HR16

Spare Tire Size
Compact

Front Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.97

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
39.0 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.1 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.9 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
16 gal

Basic Years
4

Basic Miles/km
50,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
100,000

Corrosion Years
10

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
5

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
100,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
11E009000

Mfg's Report Date
FEB 23, 2011

Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP

Potential Number of Units Affected
4,887

Summary
TI AUTOMOTIVE IS RECALLING CERTAIN FUEL PUMPS, PART NUMBERS TU456 AND TU303, SOLD UNDER VARIOUS BRAND NAMES AS AFTERMARKET AND REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT FOR THE MOTOR VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE DEFECTIVE FUEL PUMP MAY SEIZE, STOPPING THE FUEL FLOW TO THE ENGINE CREATING A STALLING CONDITION.

Consequence
A VEHICLE CRASH COULD OCCUR SHOULD THE ENGINE STALL WHILE IN USE.

TI AUTOMOTIVE WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF RECORD AND WILL REPLACE ANY DEFECTIVE FUEL PUMP WITH A NEW OR REWORKED FUEL PUMP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TI AUTOMOTIVE AT 1-989-673-5536.

THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET AND REPLACEMENT FUEL PUMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BY GENERAL MOTORS. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V063000

Mfg's Report Date
FEB 03, 2016

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
113,716

Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2006-2011 Saab 9-3 vehicles manufactured May 31, 2002, to February 15, 2011, 2006-2009 Saab 9-5 vehicles manufactured June 7, 2005, to May 28, 2009, and 2008-2009 Saturn Astra vehicles manufactured April 11, 2007, to July 24, 2008. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

Consequence
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator on Saab 9-3 and 9-5 vehicles and will replace the driver's frontal airbag module on Saturn Astra vehicles, free of charge. Remedy parts are currently unavailable. Owners were notified of the recall on March 23, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Saab customer service at 1-800-955-9007 or Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6000. GM's number for this recall is 28810.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

Engine, 2.0L DOHC MPFI 4-cylinder, turbocharged (210 HP [156.6 kW] @ 5500 rpm, 221 lb. ft. [298.4 Nm] @ 2500 rpm)

Transmission, manual (Includes 6-speed manual transmission.)

Front wheel drive

Battery, maintenance free, 70AH

Alternator, 120 amps

Suspension, front, MacPherson strut type with gas shock absorbers, anti-roll bar and hydroformed sub-frame

Suspension, rear independent, four-link with toe-link, coil springs, gas shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, sub-frame and 'Re-Axs' passive rear-wheel steering system

Steering, power assisted rack and pinion

Brakes, 4-wheel disc with ventilated front

Wheels, 16" x 6.5" (40.6 cm x 16.5 cm) 14-spoke, alloy

Tires, P215/55HR16 97H all-season, blackwall

Moonroof, not desired

Wheel and tire, spare, compact

Headlamps, halogen with delay ("Follow-Me-Home") function

Turn signals, side-mounted indicator lamps

Fog lamp, rear

Glass, tinted and heat absorbent

Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable

Wipers, front rain-sensing

Windshield washers, 6-jet, high pressure

Door handles, body-color, exterior

Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, speed-compensated volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack

Input jack, auxiliary on radio fascia

Audio system feature, 7-speaker system

XM Satellite Radio. With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think, or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you - coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. 3 trial months - no obligation (Available in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately. All fees and programming subject to change. Subscription subject to customer agreement. For more information, visit gm.xmradio.com.)

Seats, front leather-appointed buckets

Seat trim, leather-appointed upholstery

Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power

Seat adjuster, driver 2-way lumbar

Seat, rear, 60/40 split-folding, with armrest and dual cupholders

Armrest, rear center with pass-through opening

Headrests, rear, outboard seats, adjustable

Console, front center armrest with coin holder

Floor mats, carpeted front and rear

Steering wheel, sport, perforated leather-wrapped

Steering column, adjustable tilt/telescoping

Steering wheel, mounted audio controls

Instrumentation, analog includes speedometer, tachometer, boost gauge, fuel level, engine temperature and digital odometer with trip meter

Trim, metallic-rimmed gauges

Driver Information Center includes, trip computer, outside temperature, fuel consumption, distance to empty, average speed, speed warning and driver warning messages

Profiler, menu system for individual settings

Windows, power, with driver and front passenger express-down

Lock control, central with remote keyless entry

Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed

Remote Keyless Entry

Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm with engine immobilizer

Antenna, rear

Antenna, integral in rear glass

Antenna, combined OnStar/XM Satellite Radio, roof-mounted

Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual temperature settings for front passengers and rear seat air outlets

Air filter, cabin

Defogger, rear-window, electric

Defogger, front, side-window

Glovebox, cooled and illuminated

Trim, wood-effect decor on the glovebox

Cup holder, front folding in instrument panel

Power outlets, 2 - 12-volt

Trim, wood-effect decor on the doors

Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night

Visors, driver and front passenger with dual illuminated vanity mirrors

Assist handles, front and rear outboard, includes jacket hook on rear handles

Lighting, interior includes delay-off feature, overhead map, footwell, remote 'halo' and front door illuminated entry

Lighting, interior with rear reading

Trim, wood-effect decor on the gear lever surround

Cargo anchorage loops, in the trunk

Trunk illumination

Clutch pedal with starter interlock (Included with (MM3) 6-speed manual transmission.)

Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

Traction control system (TCS)

Brakes, 4-wheel antilock

Brakes, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)

Daytime running lamps

Head restraints, active, front seats

OnStar, 1-year of Safe & Sound service. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Emergency Services, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Accident Assist and Remote Horn and Lights. Also featuring Hands-Free Calling (Onstar services require vehicle electrical (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Visit onstar.com or call 1-888-466-7827 for system limitations and details.)

Air bags, frontal, driver and right front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)

Air bags, side curtain for outboard seats and side torso for the front seats (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)

Safety belts, 3-point, front

Safety belts, 3-point, all rear seating positions

LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats

Child Safety Locks, rear doors

Side impact protection, pendulum B-pillar structure

 
EMISSIONS, FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS
$0

 
EMISSIONS, CALIFORNIA STATE REQUIREMENTS
$0

 
EMISSIONS, CONNECTICUT, MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND AND VERMONT STATE REQUIREMENTS
$0

 
EMISSIONS OVERRIDE, CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA OR RHODE ISLAND
$0

 
EMISSIONS OVERRIDE, FEDERAL
$0

 
ENGINE, 2.0L DOHC MPFI 4-CYLINDER, TURBOCHARGED
$0

 
TRANSMISSION, MANUAL
$0

 
TRANSMISSION, AUTOMATIC, SENTRONIC
$1,350

 
WHEELS, 16" X 6.5" (40.6 CM X 16.5 CM) 14-SPOKE, ALLOY
$0

 
WHEELS, 17" X 7.5" (43.2 CM X 19.1 CM) 5-SPOKE, ALLOY
$750

 
TIRES, P215/55HR16 97H ALL-SEASON, BLACKWALL
$0

 
TIRES, P235/45R17 94V ALL-SEASON, BLACKWALL
$0

 
PEPPER GREEN METALLIC
$550

 
SNOW SILVER METALLIC
$550

 
PARCHMENT SILVER METALLIC
$550

 
SMOKE BEIGE METALLIC
$550

 
NOCTURNE BLUE METALLIC
$550

 
BLACK
$0

 
TITAN GRAY METALLIC
$550

 
LASER RED
$0

 
FUSION BLUE METALLIC
$550

 
JET BLACK METALLIC
$550

 
POLAR WHITE
$0

 
ICE BLUE METALLIC
$550

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
SEATS, FRONT LEATHER-APPOINTED BUCKETS
$0

 
SEATS, FRONT LEATHER-APPOINTED SPORT BUCKETS
$0

 
PARCHMENT, LEATHER-APPOINTED SEAT TRIM
$0

 
BLACK, LEATHER-APPOINTED SEAT TRIM
$0

 
PARCHMENT, SPORT LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

 
BLACK, SPORT LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

 
AUDIO SYSTEM, AM/FM STEREO WITH CD PLAYER
$0

 
AUDIO SYSTEM, AM/FM STEREO WITH 6-DISC IN-DASH CD CHANGER
$995

 
AUDIO SYSTEM WITH NAVIGATION, AM/FM STEREO WITH CD PLAYER AND DVD-BASED NAVIGATION
$2,145

 
PREMIUM PACKAGE
$1,695

 
FOG LAMPS, FRONT INTEGRAL
$0

 
SEAT ADJUSTER, FRONT PASSENGER 8-WAY POWER
$0

 
PARKING ASSIST, REAR, ULTRASONIC
$0

 
SEAT, DRIVER'S SIDE 3-POSITION MEMORY
$0

 
COLD WEATHER PACKAGE
$550

 
HEADLAMP WASHERS, HIGH-PRESSURE
$0

 
SEATS, HEATED DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER
$0

 
MOONROOF PACKAGE
$1,200

 
MOONROOF, POWER SLIDE/TILT
$0

 
WINDOWS, POWER EXPRESS-UP
$0

 
SEAT TRIM, PREMIUM NATURAL LEATHER
$1,500

 
TRIM PANEL, PREMIUM NATURAL LEATHER
$0

 
AUDIO SYSTEM FEATURE
$0

 
ANTENNA, REAR INTEGRATED DIVERSITY
$0

 
HEADREST, REAR CENTER
$0

 
ONSTAR, NOT-INSTALLED
$0

 
BLUETOOTH PHONE INTERFACE
$0

 
ILLINOIS COST SURCHARGE
$0

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