I’ve had a ball doing the NG900 and OG9-3 series and if it’s Ok with everone I’ll pick another model and do another “lovin” series soon.
I’ll be honest and tell you all that when I first came to know and enjoy Saabs it was first through the 9000 and then the 99 and classic 900. At that time I thought of the NG900 as a bit of a cast off. I only drove one once and t was actually quite good, but I retained the prejudices of a puristic newcomer.
Now, of course, I own one from the first 9-3 generation myself and couldn’t be happier and it’s been made quite obvious to me through the series of owner’s photos and stories that there’s plenty of other people out there loving their NG900s and OG9-3s as well.
This final series is from Adrian E. It’s his 2002 9-3SE and there’s a bit of a story behind it:
I originally bought a 2002 9-3 SE (steel grey, charcoal interior, heated seats, manual transmission) over the internet back in April 2004. I adored it, it was perfect!
Come September 2005, I was diagnosed with chondromalacia in my knee (which manifested as sharp pain when climbing stairs or clutching) and my orthopedic surgeon demanded that I give up driving a manual transmission. Reluctantly I stopped into my local Saab dealership (Burlingame Saab in San Mateo, CA) to see if they had anything that might work.
Sure enough, right there on the lot, was a 2002 9-3 SE, exactly the same as the one I owned, including the same interior, heated seats, everything… except with an automatic transmission, AND certified to 100K miles. Clearly it was meant to be!
I told the salesman my saabstory, he showed me the numbers, I signed some paperwork and drove off the lot in an hour and a half… in what was basically the exact same car, except for the transmission, and now I have the added benefit of the 100K mile warranty! And my knee feels great!
It was Saab serendipity!
I do miss that manual trans though…
Here’s the clickable pics. A beautiful example and once again Saab manage to get the mix perfect at the end of a model run. The wheels maketh the car.