This might be a tough one to get off the ground, but I’m going to give it a go anyway. We had an unofficial 9-5 month back in December and I’d like to have a shot at giving some love to the NG900 and first-gen 9-3.
When I first took Saab ownership to be a realistic option, the only car I really considered was a classic 900. Preferably an Aero, though that never happened. The one car I wasn’t interested in at all was the GM900. It just didn’t have the same classic look in my eyes and as I got to know more about Saab the whole GM-input thing gave me another reason to dislike it. Not for any particular reason and certainly not based on having driven it. I was basically being a bit pig-headed and GM were (are) an easy target.
I first drove a GM900 about 7 or 8 years ago. I managed to get one for a test drive from a local second-hand dealer. I was surprised and impressed, though happy to continue my pigheaded dismissal of the car. After the classic 900, the GM900 seemed like a styling letdown – a burden I think it still bears in it’s basic form.
But the GM900 and the 9-3 can be made to look the goods and there’s certainly plenty of Saaby character in the car.
I’m hoping to cover the car’s development and variants and perhaps open a few eyes to what’s a genuine good value Saab for those that might be looking for one.
If you’ve gt a GM900 or first-generation 9-3 then I invite you to email me and let us all know what you love about it and of course, good quality photos are essential.
The first photo in the GM900/9-3 month comes from Rob in San Diego. Believe it or not, it’s winter over there – not that you’d ever know from this: