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2006 Saab 9-7X - 4.2i
Pros: Heated Seats, xm bose radio,
Cons: Cup holders are awkward, GM Dash/Controls
Advice: If you are in the Market for a Trailblazer,Explorer,and other domestics, go with the Saab, if price is not a problem then you may want to look at the German, Sweedish imports.This is not a dressed up Chery! Quiet and comfortable, leather,xm bose Stereo,Onstar,Rear temp control and rear radio. Air ride suspension hugs the road and makes driving very comfortable. 18 inch tires standard! Heated seats,dual temp control, 8-way power seats,sunroof all standard! My sister prefers my SAAB to her BMW 5x and it is 20K cheaper! 4.2 V6 has plenty of power. Gas miles are poor, but what SUV isn't? GM controls could be switched out. A great value for under 40K.
2004 Saab 9-3 - Linear Sport Sedan
Advice: Do not buy a SaabThis has been the least reliable vehicle I have ever owned. I do NOT recommend this car. I have 20,000 miles on my 2004 9-3 and I have had it in the dealership for service 17 times. I have had fuel pump, locking system, driver's power window, trip computer, steering column lock, and starting system replaced. My recommendation...stay away from SAAB!
2005 Saab 9-2X - Linear
Pros: How it handles
Cons: Interior design is very functional but errs on the side of simplicity
Advice: Look for discounts because this car is not going to stay in production for much longerI've had my 2006 92X linear for less than two months and I've already put over 5k miles on it. So far I have been very pleased with every mile. I can honestly say I look forward to driving this car. It has all the good qualities of the Subaru Impreza and none of the bad. It handles better, is MUCH quieter, looks quite a bit better (in my opinion), and has a better waranty. It inherited Subarus AWD which handles better than anything else on snowy/icy roads (I live in Utah), get's great gas milleage for an AWD vehicle, has decent power for a 4 cylinder engine, and after driving for 9+ hours I hop out of this car without feeling even slightly sore of cramped (I'm 6' 2'). I also test drove an Imprezza, Audi A3, Mini Cooper, new Beetle, and Honda Civic. The choice was easy. The 92X was the perfect balance of everything I was looking for. The A3 was better in some ways but much more expensive and head/leg space wasn't as comfortable.
2003 Saab 9-3 - Linear Sport Sedan
Pros: All Windows Are One-Touch Down!! The back windows go all the way down!
Cons: Sound System
Advice: Get the 300W sound systemThe car is excellent! It does not have much rear seat leg room. The power in the car is great. I have not had any problems with my car. The sound system could be better considering the sticker price of the car.
2005 Saab 9-5 - Linear Sport Wagon
Pros: The Seats and the power from the turbo
Cons: cup holder
Advice: Compare it to BMW or MB and you will see what a buy this car isBest ride for the $$$
2005 Saab 9-3 - Arc Sport Sedan
Pros: Turbo rules in the mountains
Cons: Never been able to program the housed garage door opener
Advice: consider stiff suspension26,000 mile update: Dissapointments: No more SAAB loaner cars in Colorado at dealers when they are fixing yours. This was a major selling point for me, now I get a Chevy Malibu. Noisy brakes. I'm learning the soft brakes stop you quickly but produce excessive dust and parallel parking always means enough noise from the brakes to annoy your passengers. A few rattles in the doors came and went in the last 2.5 years. One of the rear safety belts stopped buckling, covered by warranty. The positive is I still love driving my SAAB in the mountains. Its great on ice and will run with any street legal car out there,once you get to 3rd gear. Test drive a SAAB and you will probably buy one. I just hope my small problems stop when the warranty expires at 50,000 miles.
2003 Saab 9-3 - Linear Sport Sedan
Pros: The apearance
Cons: All of the problems that I had with it and the dealer
Advice: DON'T DO ITThe test drive and after getting the car were great. It was all the problems that came with the car and the fact that the dealer would not own up to the responsibility of fixing the car. I do not recommend this car. This is from an owner of this car.