2008 Saab 9-3 US options etc

Gryphon has managed to get hold of one of the new brochures for the 2008 Saab 9-3. He’s also been very kind and scanned some relevant bits to share here.

I’ve had to break them into smaller pieces so that a) they’re viewable and b) they don’t absolutely slaughter my bandwidth. Some of them have been left at large size, however, as the print would have been illegible otherwise.

2008 Saab 9-3

These first four images cover the Entertainment and Navigation bits of the car. Note the distinct absence of the word “bluetooth”. But the DVD navigation system is a step. I don’t think we get that here in Oz (not in 07 at least – wait and see for 08).

Saab 9-3 2008

Saab 9-3 2008

Saab 9-3 2008

Saab 9-3 2008

These next ones show various specifications and options for the 2008 Saab 9-3. Again, click on any of the images to enlarge.

Saab 9-3 2008

Saab 9-3 2008

Saab 9-3 2008

I don’t know if these are the only wheel options for the 9-3 in the US, but they’re the only ones in the scanned pages that Gryphon sent me.

Saab 9-3 2008

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  1. Does the SportCombi also get the “ice” tail lamp treatment in the US for 2008? I kinda hope not…too much of a good thing in my opinion…

  2. Check some websites like Saab UK. There I download the 2008 Saab 9-3 brochure and also the 2008 Saab 9-5 Brochure.

    its interesting that now the “Sport” button in for the auto gearbox is in the dashboard, placed on the “profiler” button that never was used and everybody was talking about for what it could be usfeul.


  3. swade,

    You did a great job in getting my rather crude scans in excellent shape.

    The wheels I scanned were the only ones shown in the brochures. If the Incas are not available in the U.S., I will have to find another way to get them.

    The only bummer for me so far is the lack of Bluetooth. I mean OnStar is OK, but GM is offering BOTH Bluetooth and OnStar in the new MY 2008 Cadillac CTS. If it’s possible with the CTS, why not with the 9-3? Hell, they are even comparably priced!

    In other U.S. news, I got a call from the dealership. They expect that the first U.S. deliveries of the new MY 2008 9-3s to slip from mid- to late-September to early- to mid-October. Argh. They must be a on a slow ship! Let’s hope that it doesn’t hit an iceberg.

  4. I got my brochure as well, sorry I forgot to mention.

    No mention of Bluetooth, that is correct. They do, however, state the 2008 DOES come with the GM 100k warranty – same as last year. That is good to know.

    There is a random “2006” typo though – quite embarrassing.

    Overall the brochure is nice, just wish they showed the 2.0T from the front. The keep showing the Aero, which in my opinion doesn’t look as nice and the bottom chrome is ugly.

  5. They’ll probably still be happy to sell you an overpriced Motorola kit at the dealer and install it for yet another huge amount of money and call it “integrated”. It’s a shame that the OnStar parasite continues to plague these fine autos and keep Bluetooth out. Keep in mind it’s not a technical limitation but an attempt to FORCE you to use OnStar and their $.30/minute rates (or at least that’s what it was when I still had OnStar). I believe that Acura offers both OnStar and bluetooth without the universe collapsing onto itself. GM?

  6. Subject: Handsfree update for Saab AUX
    Bluetooth who needs it…installed my own system!
    Run the phone through AUX system and it is PERFECT!
    Step 1) purchase headset audio/phone splitter from supplier $12 Cdn. http://www.mobileplanet.com/p.aspx?i=113967
    Step 2) Purchase mini or tie clip Microphone with longer cable ideal, $55 and worth it!

    Step 3) install using the AUX in and running the 5metres of microphone cable from armrest area under seat (careful not to put in area of seat sliding tracks, insert the microphone cable under the inside weather stripping of the door up the A pillar (tucks nicely) undo the clip on the on off switch twist the tie clip portion 90 degrees so it too can slip under the weather stripping, should mount right by the dash level and then up under the driver visor then use the clip to attach microphone to the attachment clip of the visor bracket…DONE! No Onstar problems, no special service plans, no pairing Bluetooth files and plus its very inexpensive and very clear! So easy the wife can even use it!

    You can even play audio files through this system too! Having a larger internal storage card for the phone helps…my option was


    Best $70 total CDN that I spent!

    Brian Mills

  7. That, and what if you want to use a MP3 player?

    Wasn’t GM releasing some upgrade that directly links your stereo to the iPod via USB?

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