Another new Saab 9-3 finds a home

This email’s come in from Bjorn in Norway and he’s just (finally) picked up his new, 2008 Saab 9-3. It’s been a bit of a wait and there were a few unforeseen issues getting the car delivered, but all’s well that ends well and Bjorn’s picked up quite a desireable whip.

Saab 9-3 Norway

As you can see, Bjorn’s SS is finished in Titan Grey. I drove a Titan Grey SportCombi myself last week and the color is sensational up close. Actually, I don’t think there’s a color in the current Saab palette that I don’t like, with the possible exception of Pepper Green.

Bjorn’s ticked almost every box on the list when he ordered this BioPowered beasty. The extras are as follows:

    17″ wheels
    front fog lights
    sports chassis
    black leather sports seats
    Bose stereo
    Bluetooth integration
    auto-dimming mirrors
    electrical foldable mirrors
    electrically operated glass sunroof
    rain sensor
    parking assistance
    bi-xenon cornering headlights

….and of course, just in case someone who didn’t sign the cheque wants to try and make this their own, an alarm is fitted as well.

Congratulations, Bjorn! You’ve certainly got me feeling pepper green with envy!

Saab 9-3 Norway

Saab 9-3 Norway

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19 Comments

  1. Congratulations with finally picking up your gorgeous 9-3! 😉 Like wade, I’m really envious!

    Bjørn: Did you pick it up at Bilbutikken in Drammen?

  2. According to the number plate holder, yes. 🙂

    Filled up the car today with E85. There are only 15 gas stations in Norway so far that offers E85, the closest is 18 km away.

  3. Congrats Bjørn – a truly awesome car!!! I bet it will be worth the wait.

    Ah, the lucky Europeans get all the cool features! Like Bluetooth integration and electrical foldable mirrors. What don’t we get those in the US?

  4. ctm, yes Norwegians have the oil money but the cost of their cars makes Aussie Saabs look dirt cheap. The top 9-3SS Aero V6 starts as NOK695000 which is USD131000/AUD141500/CAD121500. You can keep that cradle to grave stuff – not for me.

  5. Beautiful, I love the titan gray color. I have a steel gray 9-3 but this color is definitely growing on me, especially on the 2008 model.

  6. There seems to be some problems in MY 08 production. At least for some time production seems to be stopped. Any info on this? I read a topic from STCS site, but with my swedish skills, misunderstanding is more than likely to be happen. Is there problems with rear window? Is the production going on again? I´d really like to hear some comments from the “inside”!

  7. MarkoA and Kroum:
    It is a 1.8t with “no badge” option. I like it that way, it’s easier to keep clean and I find that ‘1.8t’ is a rather confusing name for a car with a 2 liter engine.

  8. Gryphon:
    Too bad that you don’t get the Bluetooth option. I tested the voice recognition yesterday, seems I have to learn to speak Swedish to make it understand me. Not too hard for a Norwegian really, after a couple of trials I managed to phone home 🙂
    Electrical foldable mirrors are useful in a country with a lot of ferries and narrow parking garages. You have quite wide parking lots in the US, haven’t you?

  9. Thank you all for your kind words, it’s great to sit behind the steering wheel of a brand new car (read: SAAB) again. It’s been seven years since I bought my last one, and I’ve been ‘all SAAB’ since 1996.

  10. Bjorn

    Great looking car and the color too. I went thru your options list you ticked off and felt smitten when I saw bi-xenon headlights. Is that a nice to have or for that grimey stuff when the weather turns sour?

  11. Bjørn – I’d gladly learn Swedish if SAAB would bring Bluetooth to the U.S. I need to pick up a few words and phrases anyway if I can make it to the Ice Hotel in 2008 any way. =-)

    Most places in the U.S. have pretty good sized parking spots. However, in the DC area, we have a lot of parking garages with small parking spaces. Also, having the electrical foldable mirrors comes in handy when you have to park (gods forbid!) on the street.

  12. Bjorn: be happy you don’t have to learn to THINK in Swedish to operate the Bluetooth. Did you see the Cold War-era Clint Eastwood movie Firefox? In the film Clint Eastwood’s character, an American ex-fighter pilot, was tasked by the CIA to sneak into the Soviet Union and steal their hot new fighter plane. One problem was that the plane was controlled by reading the pilot’s thoughts through the helmet so Mitchell Gant (Clint Eastwood’s character in the film) had to learn to THINK in Russian! 🙂 Think of your new Saab as “Firefox”. 😉

    If you have such tight parking spots in Norway, how do you deal with “dings” (small dents and scuffs in the bodywork) from inconsiderate people who park next to you? While we have pretty wide parking spots in the U.S. apparently people don’t know how to park. And since the majority of people own WAY too big a vehicle it makes for tight fits. I’ve often returned to my car and found I have to enter from the passenger side and climb into the driver side because someone who parked next to the driver side of my car after I’d gone into the store parked so close (and crooked, usually) I can’t even open my door. I wish either there were some higher-placed bump strips on the doors or the whole door was made of polymer like the old Saturns…

  13. Off topic – Firefox movie trivia via IMDB 😉 :

    • The original plan was to use Swedish JA 37 Viggen jetfighter as the Soviet aircraft, but the Swedish government refused.

  14. TimJ: Interesting! I hadn’t heard that before. I was very interested in aerospace when this movie came out when I was a kid. I think that the plane which ended up in the movie (a composite of various real-world aircraft) was based on a hybrid of the XB-70 Valkyrie (it’s almost an exact match) and the MiG-29 Fulcrum, with a touch of SR-71 Blackbird thrown-in for favor.

    Now what company is “born from jets” again? Oh, that’s right. 😉 Jets are cool. 😮

  15. Hi,

    Yesterday I was lucky, very lucky. I just came from a corporate meeting and while I was pulling out of the parking lot, a MY08, like this, one pulled behind me. I drove a couple of hundred feet and pretended to take a left turn. The new Saab passed, so I could see it’s rear, I followed it a couple a blocks. I am truly impressed. It was a 2.0. Anyway the car was a courtesey car from Saab of Westport here in Connecticut, USA. On my daily driving I don’t pass any dealerships, so I was pleasantly surprised. The car looks even better in person.

    Cheers

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