Saturday, February 16, 2019

2008 Saab 9-3 Turbo X - One Of The Best From The Late, Great Brand...

The seller calls this the "the holy grail of the Saab community." I might argue that the manual transmission wagon (Sport Combi) version is the holy grail, but as a model, the 900 Turbo X is a rare, very desirable car.

As the seller states, Saab brought just 600 of these cars to the United States (two thirds of that number were sedans).

For the Turbo X model Saab bumped up their 2.8L turbo V-6 from 250 HP to 280 HP. That was good enough to get the car to 60 MPH in 5.8 seconds. All of that power hit the pavement through a Haldex 4 AWD system. The Turbo X sits slightly lower than the standard 9-3, has a stiffer suspension and bigger brakes. There are a few interior and exterior trim differences.

Buying an orphan car like a Saab has risks, but Saab and the aftermarket have done a very good job at keeping parts available and at reasonable prices. The AWD maker, Haldex, is now owned by Borg Warner and -based on internet reports - parts for that system are not too tough to come by. I would not be afraid to buy this car and daily drive it.

This appears to be a very well maintained car, in excellent condition. Here in New England Saabs used to be commonplace (I've owned 4; a 9000, NG900, 9-3SS and a 9-5). Now I rarely see them. Anyone who appreciates cars that are not cookie cutter engineered or styled needs to own a Saab at least once in their life. This may be your chance to own one of the best.

Located in Watertown, SD, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

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