Stuff has been happening here, but absolutely no time to write about them. The new 900 convertible is currently with my wonderful mechanic for a good going over, the 9-3 SportCombi has been proving it’s worth and is in desperate need of a clean, and the 9-3 Saloon, well, what can I say, is simply stunning.
The 9-3 has now seen its first Autumn and Winter seasons, it’s covered a decent amount of miles, and as the headline says, it’s made me smile, a lot. It’s hard to explain, it’s more than just a car; something that gets you from A to B, it’s a complete feeling, it becomes part of your life.
As far as reliability goes, it’s been flawless, but that’s not all that makes a car great. It’s bloody comfortable too, the leather heated seats have felt supremely luxurious throughout Winter, the Hirsch steering wheel really suits my driving style, and, gimmick or not, the night panel is seriously easy on the eyes on dark evenings.
I’ve quickly become addicted to driving the 9-3; the Hirsch upgrade allows the TTiD engine to pull beautifully, no flat spots, no lag, and you can comfortably take the revs up to 5000rpm throughout the gears. The Hirsch duel exhaust is settling down nicely, and has a very gratifying subtle but deep rasp as you accelerate, the upgraded and lowered sport suspension gives the 9-3 an amazing feeling of security together with a meaningful stance and the Hirsch brakes have been invaluable.
I absolutely love the sharp styling, I know the platform is over 10 years old, but with its recent facelift, I’d still choose the 9-3 over other current luxury cars; it offers a unique distinction not often found in current automotive design trends.
Obviously, choosing a new SAAB hasn’t come without its problems, the loss of my ‘guaranteed’ 3 year manufactures warranty for one, panicking about parts availability another. But the pleasure the SAAB has given already far out ways my worries, I look at it as a Limited Edition; one I am lucky enough to own, and one that may mean a few hardships along the way, but what a fantastic journey.