Saab USA Snippets

I heard earlier this week about a US dealer getting some 08 models in. Here’s the first one I’ve seen.

If you’d like to check out this Snow Silver 2.0T then you need to drop everything and walk/fly/drive to Saab of Hunterdon out in New Jersey. Well, you could wait until your local dealer gets his ones in, but I just wanted to say thanks to Hunterdon for letting me know, you know.

They’ve just started a blog at their dealership website, too. A Saab blog? Nah, it’ll never work…..

Saab 9-3 Snow Silver

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Thanks to all of you who emailed while I was sleeping to let me/everyone know that you can now build your 2008 Saab 9-3 over at the Saab USA website.

My SportCombiThis is the one I built. It’s a 2.0T SportCombi in Metallic Black with the 17-inch five spoke wheels and a black interior.

Isn’t it a great looking car? And if anyone at Saab is watching, I’d love to get one of these to do a long term test drive with. When I say long term, I mean 12 months or so, and then replacing it with another long term tester. And another. And another.

I’ll post weekly on how things go, with videos and everything. I promise. It’s just an idea, and it beats the crap out of the updates you get out of European Car magazine. What do they do for updates? Once every two months or something and then just a few paragraphs?

Anyway, the point is……head on over and build your US spec Saab at the SaabUSA website – NOW!

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The Saab Aero Academy program seems to have changed a little.

Previously, attendance was free to purchasers of an Aero spec Saab purchased from SaabUSA. The good news is that it may have been opened up to all purchasers. The bad news is that all attendees will now pay $500 to do the course.

From the website:

Program has a cost of $1,495 per person. With the purchase of a new Saab, owners will receive a $995 stipend to use toward program admittance. Participants must also provide for their own and their guest’s transportation to Road Atlanta, as well as hotel accommodations, meals, and all other activities, including but not limited to, golf and spa services.

That doesn’t specify that it needs to be an Aero. Another section does state that it needs to be “an eligible Saab” but doesn’t spell out what an eligible Saab is. The Aero Academy website hasn’t been updated yet so it’s still dealing with 06 and 07 spec models.

I’ll check it out, but thanks to Ron H for picking up on the changes.

It should be said that even at $500, this is some pretty good value. Courses like this are great training and every testimonial I’ve had from attendees has been very positive.

Here’s Joe M looking as happy as a clam to be there, and I need to point out that that’s an Australian rugby top that he’s wearing there, too. Go Wallabies!!

Saab Aero Academy

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17 Comments

  1. Awesome! They are here. Jersey is only 2 hours away too!

    Swade – I just tried building an 08. Please check your email – I sent you something.

  2. Well, yesterday I stopped by my local Saab dealership (one of those Cadillac, Saab, Hummer “temples”). The person I usually deal with had alreday left. Somebody from the Caddy side of the house said he heard her say they would be receiving their first 08 Saabs by November! I shot off an e-mail to her later that evening to inquire further, but have not gotten any updates from her…

    I will update when I hear more. I’m guessing we are close to the last to receive them here in San Antonio, TX.

  3. I did the Viggen Flight Academy back when it was offered and $500 is a great value – of course it helps that I only live one hour from Braselton, GA where the course is given. It’s great that it will (maybe) be offered to purchasers of any new SAAB at that price.

  4. I built my car and dang it’s goign to be expensive. Looks like I might have to hold off until some incentives come out.

    Ny that time XWD and centerpoint will be available…..

    So, They charge $750 more for the 17″ 5 spoke wheels, which should really be the standard.

    If I am paying extra for the set, they better let me keep the 16″ ones too.

  5. No kidding about the expensive part!! Good thing I’m not in a hurry…I’m going to have to wait until the European Delivery program comes back online if there’s any hope of me being able to afford a new 9-3 SportCombi. Did the US Dollar plummet with respect to the Euro or something? Maybe we should invade, er, liberate Sweden! πŸ™‚

  6. I work at a Saab dealership in Boston, and not only did we get our MY2008 9-3’s in, I also just drove one this morning…amazing how a few tweaks can make a difference.
    The steering and transmission now have a more deliberate and confidence inspiring weight and feel to them, and the radio (now with XM satellite radio as standard) is noticeably better. Overall road and engine noise is muted and the little addition of express windows on the car may not seem like much to some, but it is a big deal to me.
    Drive one if you have a chance to, you will not be disappointed!

  7. I stopped by the dealer in the DC area today (International Motors in Falls Church). Alas, no MY 2008s yet. However, SAABs enter the U.S. through the port of Newark, New Jersey. So, I’m not surprised that the Hunterdon dealership (outside of Lebanon New Jersey) would be the first (or one of the first) with the new MY 2008s.

    So, we should see some of the new MY 2008s starting to appear in the DC area soon!

    I built my new MY 2008 SAAB 9-3 Aero Convertible. Sticker price: US $54,155. That’s a lot, but still a damn good value for an awesome car.

  8. I am very surprised by people’s complaint regarding Saab’s price tag!!!

    There is not one other car on this rode that comes with the standard features of a new Saab…You would have to pay thousands to add the standard features you get from Saab to a new BMW!! You get leather, power seats, steering wheel controls, cd player, a 4 yr./50k mile bumper to bumper warranty, a 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, etc……….

    Not to mention you are buying the safest car on the rode by far!!! Last time I checked there wasn’t a price tag too high for my safety!!!

    P.S. Does anyone have any photos of the new Saab 9-7 Aero coming out sometime in 2008? It is suppose to be 380 hp with 20″ rims…I can’t wait to see it!!!

  9. Alex – If you have them and New Jersey’s got them, they must be in CT too. If what you say about the tweaks is true, these things will be selling like hot cakes.

    Express up…9-3s NEVER had them before? That seems odd…I thought that was a standard option on almost every car now-a-days.

  10. joemama – Express down is standard, but Express up comes only on the Aero model and with the Moonroof package on the 2.0T. The remote open feature is very useful when the inside of the car turns into a solar oven πŸ˜‰

    I hope the new GM Superstore in my neck of the woods has the new 9-3 by next month. According to the newspaper the old Cadillac dealer “will be offering the new GM and Saab models almost immediately”

  11. The word must have gotten out. I just went on line (on Friday) to sign up for the Acadamy and they only had a couple of openings left for the rest of the year. They didn’t even show 2008. I called and they said that Saab had given them some extra slots for this year, but there was nothing for next year yet. I went ahead and jumped on one for this year, so I did still get if for free. Well I still have to fly there (California to Georgia isn’t free)

  12. SaabLuver – I agree. For every SAAB model in the line-up, you don’t get a better deal for the money. No other cars are safer and offer more options for the price. That’s definitely true for the new MY 2008 9-3.

  13. I would also wholeheartedly agree that for the options you get with a Saab, the value is there. But once again I also have to point out the HUGE price discrepancies we are seeing between the US and Canadian markets.

    Although this isn’t exactly comparing apples to apples, I just did a website build of a 9-3 SportCombi Aero. Saab Canada of course only has the 2007 available (it’s rare anything is current on that website), and as pointed out, Saab USA now has the 2008s available for build. The point: US 2008 Saab 9-3 Sport Combi Aero is loaded at $37,000. Canadian 2007 Saab 9-3 SportCombi Aero is loaded at $47,000. With our Canadian buck at par with the US buck, there is a glaring difference of $10,000 – and that’s for the previous year’s model! Even if Saab Canada doesn’t honour warranties on an imported US Saab, you can pocket that $10K in savings and put it towards any repairs anyway. Come on GM! There are plenty of companies around that will import a vehicle for us Canucks and we’ll still save a hatch-load of money on it. This is the new reality in the markets today.

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