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We have had a 9-3 vert auto for 3 years (09 plate) and since then the same sites that used to auto e-mail / text me have continued to do so, as I did not unsubscribe.


What I have found of interest of late and particularly doing a little research over the festive period are what seems to me the large numbers of Saab variants on sale. It seems that there are far more than 3 years ago and prices are in general low favouring the buyer.


I am interested to know how others view this, are our cars reaching the age when new buyers will not purchase cars of that age/ higher mileage / 11-12 plates at Saab recognised retailers are eye wateringly expensive / fear of cost servicing for older vehicles / ease of lease or purchase of new vehicles?

Looking at many of the vehicles on Atrader site a lot are pictured in what is clearly much nicer weather, seemingly on the lot for some time.

Do we see prices sinking further and then no more as seems to be the case with the SLK 170 Mk1 ?
 

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i have recently got rid of my 2009 93 convertible (1.8t linear) with 70k on the clock

i traded it in for £3k, bumper misaligned, rear head rest has a rip in it etc so although its ok, its not in presitine condition etc and the garage who bought it at auction are trying to sell it for £5k

i bought the car 4 1/2 years ago for £9500 with 25k on the clock (brand new it should have been around £28k i think so it had already lost just under 20k over its first 3 years) so from my point of view its lost £1000 a year of owning it

what doesnt help the saabs is the fact that its a deminishing market as soo many people are put off by the idea of owning a car where the manufaturer doesnt exist anymore

im monitoring both my car and my girlfriends car which are both on autotrader, her car is a peugeot 207 that we bought 15 months ago for £3500 (38k) and traded it in for £1300, again a garage bought it off where we traded it in, and they are trying to sell it for £2500 (50k mileage) so they see that the car has lost roughly £1000 in a year also
 

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I learned this week why having a Saab was a good idea ...... I hit a 18" sq stone gatepost at 30mph in or around (Rural area) ...... The afore mentioned gatepost snapped off & leaned back against a tree that had the cheek to be growing behind it ...... I was not injured at all ...... I was stunned by the loud bang ..... The engine didn't stop running (Auto) The lights didn't go out ...... I stopped ..... Turned it off..... Got out ....... Squidged around in the mud a bit ...... Got my torch out to have a look underneath ...... The base area of the gatepost had beached it...... Had a quick check.... Nope all good ....... OK the car was done..... After the tow it out man & his winch had been at it, it looked worse ...... But all in I'm very pleased I drive (Drove) a Saab...... I'm going to get another
 

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i have no idea how long they stay on autotrader for on average my my old convertible is still on there (not far from you) for £5k lol its been on there for 2 1/2 months now im half expecting them to drop the price soon to get rid of it
 

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I'm looking for a nice TTiD and the expensive ones aren’t selling 08 with 100k miles on only selling if around £3k-£3.5k private.
I want a 09-10 80k ish £4500-5k some garages are asking 7k for them but they just don’t sell.
The good ones I have tried to buy have already gone but the adverts have been left on for weeks after they have sold.
 

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Many of the later models are a high price seemingly moreso at ex Saab dealerships, a couple close to me ask silly money for them! I am told it is traditionally a hard time for sales Jan/Feb and the other serious problem for second hand cars is the many offers on new cars!

Last year went out to buy a 3years old SLK for my wife (she pays for it) and we ended up with a new MX 5 ND as offered 3 years free credit, difficult to compete with that. Mind the finish is not a patch on my 09 Vert but the little 5 does 46 mpg all the time.
 

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I had a '58 plate 9-3 TTID that I bought for £8000 in Jan 2012 and was paid £3500 in December 16 after it was written off by the insurance company, they did offer less as it had 155,000 miles on the clock but in good condition and regularly serviced. I have since bought a 2009 9-5 with 64,000 miles on the clock
 

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WE got back into Saabs for a couple of reasons:
1. My (much) Better Half has had a "thing" about the 9-3 convertible for a few years now - ever since I turned up with a black convertible courtesy car whilst my 9-5 was being serviced. So we bought her a white 11-reg as an anniversary pressie last July; it only had 8K miles up, one owner, and a FSH plus came with a warranty so we paid top dollar for it, i.e. north of £12K.
2. I've been running various SUV's over the last 10 years and just got fed up with them but still wanted 4WD and I've always liked Saabs. I thought that since I'm not doing mega miles now, I can risk the possibility of maybe less reliability (? although my 9-5 estate was uber-reliable - after the 1.9 TiD engine blew up at 4K miles and got replaced under warranty) and I really should have something that I like, so a one owner, black, 60-reg 9-3X 2.0T XWD now graces the drive, alongside the white soft-top.

I'd been on the lookout for the ideal car since the autumn and the prices for 9-3X's on Autotrader have been somewhat erratic. My car came from an ex-Saab franchise and has 61K miles up, FSSH and 12-month warranty; it was priced very reasonably at £8000 but we got it down to £7250 in the end. During our search though we came across 9-3X's with varying mileages/histories and a range of prices - mostly dealers. For example, the ones we actually test-drove were all 2.0T XWD's and included a white 60-reg with 67K miles, a patchy SH and 6-months' warranty for £9995; a grey 60-reg with 48K miles, FSH (of sorts), 6 months' warranty at £8990 - but this one needed work to quite a lot of body damage, mostly little dents and creases but lots of 'em. I couldn't imagine anything other than a full re-spray sorting that out, especially in met grey.

I saw lots of others that didn't appeal including a TTiD that the dealer was trumpeting as being 4WD! A couple of Hirsh-tuned cars that were quite low mileage and keenly priced but I'm always a little suspicious of tuning kits.....

I reckon there probably is resitance to Saabs amongst the general public as they are percieved to be a dead marque but there are so many Saab specialists around that I personally don't see a problem - I found one, an ex-Saab franchise, just 12 miles away. Also I understand that parts are continuing to be manufactured under licence to the original specs.
 
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