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Old 09-20-2007, 09:03 PM   #21
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True. I was just wanting to be an ass.
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:08 PM   #22
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Your 9-3 has nice looking wheels, a spoiler, and an exhaust. Im just saying wait till you see one all dressed up, most base model Saab's have been fairly bland looking. Imagine your car with the nearly identical wheels that some Linears came with and it would not look nearly as nice.
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:11 PM   #23
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Even that Titan Gray Aero was nothing special, I mean, left over 60th Anniversary wheels and no spoiler.
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:14 PM   #24
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I am also assuming that they have shipping blocks in the suspension and that is why they all appear to have a lot of wheel gap?
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Yeah, they still have the spacers in place. Those will get pulled out, the brake covers removed and the rest of the plastic peeled off tomorrow when we PDI them. They want all four up on the showroom floor by the afternoon so I'll get some better pictures then.
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:20 PM   #26
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THOSE wheels suck, but saab should have some good wheels coming out. Also the FWD Aero I think is only 260 still, the XWD which ships in January is supposed to have the boosted horsepower figures.
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:39 AM   #28
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I think the last gen 9-3SS's profile is MUCH better than new. Same goes for the taillights. Japanese-looking junk.

PS, Chris, your car looks great!
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Car looks hot in front, but what is up with those wheels. Slap the designer in the face who ever came up with that shit.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:03 AM   #30
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They look like the snow tire package Saab has been offering for a number of years.
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They look like the snow tire package Saab has been offering for a number of years.
why would they put that on the very first cars they send out. you think they would try and make it as flashy as possible?
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Because winter is coming up in the new england area and the cars will be more attractive from a buyer standpoint if they have winter tires on to begin with...............to a degree.



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why would they put that on the very first cars they send out. you think they would try and make it as flashy as possible?
No idea, just like they showed the people at SOC the base model with those same wheels. Rather dissapointing.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:26 AM   #34
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Because winter is coming up in the new england area and the cars will be more attractive from a buyer standpoint if they have winter tires on to begin with...............to a degree.
You'd think they'd offer XWD in the fall instead of spring to get people on the AWD "benefits" earlier.

Guess we all can't think rationally.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:31 AM   #35
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My guess is that the "new" 9-3 doesn't sell any better than the current 9-3. I still expect to see gratuitous price drops, etc. Even with the addition of XWD.

Oh and I certainly wouldn't want to own the first year of the XWD model.
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Well your right in the assumption there but look at it from the manufacturing side.

1.) How long does it take to set up the assembly line and any extra machines to assemble the XWD 9-3
2.) How long does it take the supplier to gear up production os XWD unit
3.) Can the supplier have enough XWD units ready to meet a production goal by delivery time
4.) What is the market delivery goal for release (gross numbers delivered to dealer network for sale).

Theres lots that goes into it.



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Old 09-21-2007, 10:17 AM   #37
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I love the front! I also noticed about the rubbing strips, my friend bought a white 07 Monte Carlo SS, hated the fact about not having them, bought them from Chevy, and had them painted white and mounted. The rear really turns me off, and agreed something looks missing, but a picture says a thousand words, so I want to see one in person.

I also agree with Topher, I'd stay away from the first year, especially with a new drivetrain, nevermind cosmetic upgrade. Popular Mechanics has done an article on it, a'la Trollhattan Saab
http://www.popularmechanics.com/blog...s/4223661.html
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Old 09-21-2007, 10:42 AM   #38
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vert looks good i think.
all of them need some textured rub strips, bigger wheels and some slammage. they look like 4x4's. skyjacker kit FTL!
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Old 09-21-2007, 02:07 PM   #39
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front end look mean as hell..
i think the rear will look even better when they start saying AWD somewhere...
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:20 PM   #40
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The first thing I noticed when I saw the combi at SOC was the lack of rub strips - makes me want to gag.

Other than that, they look fine to me. Front end is very nice, but seriosuly, the rest of the car is just "fine."
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