After gaining the approval of the household finance manager, I’m now officially on the prowl for a new Saab! The 99T is packing it in and will be available for purchase, as is, for any of you Aussie readers. I’m sure we can work out a suitably low price.
In the meantime though, I have to find myself a new car. The frontrunners so far…
The Saab 9-3 Aero. I might have access to a 2000 model in Cosmic Blue, leather, 5 speed, with around 100,000 kms on the clock. Asking price yet to be determined, but here’s hoping it’s the cheapest of the three current alternatives.
This’ll be a reasonable car to grab for the money, but to be honest, I’m looking for something a bit more distinctive and a little more out of the ordinary. I’m seeing this as a fairly long-term exercise so I’m looking to go as rare as I can within my budget limitations.
I can certainly live with this if it’s what it comes down to, but I’ll be investigating my options too.
The Saab 9-3 Monte Carlo. This was a limited edition of only 195 cars worldwide, 50 of which made their way to Australia. They’re all in a special Monte Carlo yellow and have the HOT 2.0 litre turbo engine. You can read a review of the Monte Carlo here.
I’ve managed to track one down in Sydney with what appears to be remarkably low kilometers. Black leather inside with wood on the dash, though not on the console 🙁
The one I’m looking at also has 5 spoke wheels rather than the Aero three-spokes in this picture. The only thing I don’t like about this model is the black strip down the side and on the bumper, but I could live with that if I had to.
The Saab 9-3 Viggen. The big daddy. The Mammaluka. A firewall-ripping 350Nm of torque pumping out from it’s HOT 2.3l engine. Hubba Hubba.
I’ve sourced a Lightning Blue Viggen in Melbourne with 66K on the clock. I love the interior of the Viggen with the seat inserts and the carbon fibre. The body kit is also free from the Monte’s black stripe.
Unfortunately the price is a premium though, especially considering I’d likely have to by the "Viggen Rescue Kit" as well in order to make it a bit more driveable.
It’s a pickle, but oh, what a pickle!!
At this point the Monte Carlo’s probably the front runner. I’ll keep y’all posted.