A few weeks ago, I received a great note from J, a fellow UK Saabist, but rather than me rewriting his words, this is what he said:
“Thank you for inspiring me to upgrade my 9-3 with as many Hirsch goodies that are currently available, after drooling over the images of your beautiful 9-3 Hirsch – it’s stunning and looks far better than the Turbo X.
I’m currently waiting to fit my Hirsch 19″ rims once the salt has gone from the roads, and constantly trying to source the honeycomb grill and to try and finish off the carbon interior (require door trims and leather door handles). Other than that and waiting for Stephan to finish making the last batch of steering wheels both interior and exterior are nearly there. Only then will I celebrate by placing the new Hirsch badge to the rear.
I purchased the car in December after selling a 2004 2.0 Aero, I was looking for a diesel but ended up with a V6 – fortunately my miles are spent on the motorway and only drive every two weeks, so not entirely concerned about the mpg. Bizarrely, it’s around the same as my previous car. Having the car Maptun’d to 295bhp, a sixth gear and oodles of tarmac moving torque certainly helps the fuel economy.
It’s the best Saab I’ve owned thus far, no other Saab I’ve had since then has managed to trump my 9k Aero I sold back in 2008. I checked on the DVLA recently and it’s still on the road with well over 200,000 miles”.
It seems J has now had the pleasure of fitting his gorgeous new 19″ Hirsch alloys (although not without a few TPMS valve issues) as I received these pictures this morning. He tells me a Maptun exhaust will be coming next.
This really is a seriously nice 9-3, and I have to admit, I’m kind of envious that it’s a V6. Thank you for sharing J and for joining the Hirsch 9-3 Club, I look forward to seeing further Hirsch / Maptun progress.