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Old 11-03-2010, 07:52 AM   #21
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Racking up the miles on that quick! ANy "Time for Service" lights come on? lol 3800 miles problem free? Keep us posted on it's issues if you can. Would be a nice inside track to whether I want to consider buying one in a year or two.

And I am envious of you b/c you get to look at this every day;
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Once you've driven this for awhile( I'm going on 6 weeks and 3800 mi) a lot of these observations seem to fall away. It's a completely different ride from the last gen 9-5. Weight, xwd, tranny, power, suspension, even the 3 choices (comf, intel sport) all make the driving experience no where near what my 04 Aero drove like. Personally, (and it's all personal taste) I love the way it drives. It's much tighter, quieter and more refined. I think it drives much smaller than it looks. Just my $.02
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Well thats good, because it looks like it should drive like a barge. I've seen one around the DC area, and it looked enormous compared to previous Saab models. I did like the styling, just wish they'd made it a tad smaller. Guess we can't all have it our way
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Racking up the miles on that quick! ANy "Time for Service" lights come on? lol 3800 miles problem free? Keep us posted on it's issues if you can. Would be a nice inside track to whether I want to consider buying one in a year or two.

And I am envious of you b/c you get to look at this every day;
I hate to jinks myself but yes 3800 trouble free miles. No issues, not even a ding(now I've gone and done it). I have become completely addicted to the HUD as well as "sport" mode, although in my last 2 Aeros I always used 'sport' as well. I am not sure if I want to change the oil at 5k or go with the Saab recommended 10k service. I am not planning on keeping the car for 100k mi or more, but I have always change the oil at 5k intervals.

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What's the capacity? over 6QTS? lol 10 does sound a bit out there - and 5 makes more sense, but again 6+ QTS of Full Synthetic does add up. If it was me, while it's under warranty I would do a cheap 5K oil change with Penzoil Full Synthetic since you plan to have this car long past warranty.
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What's the capacity? over 6QTS? lol 10 does sound a bit out there - and 5 makes more sense, but again 6+ QTS of Full Synthetic does add up. If it was me, while it's under warranty I would do a cheap 5K oil change with Penzoil Full Synthetic since you plan to have this car long past warranty.
I just talked with the service manager at the dealership I bought the car from. Apparently the car will tell me when to change the oil. There is a display function that indicates the lifespan of the oil quality. Right now I am at 70%. The car uses Mobil One full synthetic rated for 12k. I will stay with the service schedule Saab recommends and get the free service at 10k or when the car tells me it's time. I didn't make myself clear, I don't intend to keep it much past warranty.

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I didn't make myself clear, I don't intend to keep it much past warranty.

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Yes but think of the enthusiasts in the 2nd hand market! Think of your ownership time as 'holding' it for someone on here. Oh, DIBS.

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Yes but think of the enthusiasts in the 2nd hand market! Think of your ownership time as 'holding' it for someone on here. Oh, DIBS.

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yeah, i was too! and an e-class is typically the best benz. they sell so well for good reason.
If you look at the trim level though, that Benz is base with "mb Tex" leatherette and none of the premium options, that being said though, I'd rather spend my money on a 535 until they up the interior trim and power. The Audi is a kinda a joke too, should be compared to the 3.0t quattro, the 3.2 is fwdlol only iirc. All of these cars are pretty much base, where the aero is equipped at a higher tech level. I'm not saying it's a steal, but i think it could be successful with some simple tweaking.
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If you look at the trim level though, that Benz is base with "mb Tex" leatherette and none of the premium options, that being said though, I'd rather spend my money on a 535 until they up the interior trim and power. The Audi is a kinda a joke too, should be compared to the 3.0t quattro, the 3.2 is fwdlol only iirc. All of these cars are pretty much base, where the aero is equipped at a higher tech level. I'm not saying it's a steal, but i think it could be successful with some simple tweaking.
I think by 2011-2012 it will see some nice interior upgrades. Look, it's amazing the car exists at all. The new owners haven't had the time yet to address all of the complaints I see. I know the risks of early adoption and I couldn't be happier with the car. I had a blast driving it home tonight. I think as time goes on we will all be impressed with what's in store, especially given the last few years(GM).

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I agree, Spyker claims to be working on interior upgrades, which are the major complaint of most reviews, luckily, interior trim upgrades should be one of the easiest things to do, but like you said, its by luck that the car even made it to production, and spyker hasn't even had time to do anything. I'm optimistic still, and its already a great car, and its flaws are not critical ones.
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If there's one thing spyker knows, its how to do a gorgeous interior.
The car looks great otherwise.
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great to see more positive reviews

I just do not understand why they make a car around 4300 lbs then give it 300hp. To compete in the power game it needs a 50HP bump.
or 1000lbs less!! what a heffer!!!!

Dear saab, build us a light, nimble hatchback. with an angery turbo 4, for a reasonable price

Why is this generations aero slower than the last one? or a 9000 aero? saab needs to get on progress!!!
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And I am envious of you b/c you get to look at this every day;
I died a bit inside... I wish I could afford it right now
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Old 11-07-2010, 03:30 AM   #34
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or 1000lbs less!! what a heffer!!!!

Dear saab, build us a light, nimble hatchback. with an angery turbo 4, for a reasonable price

Why is this generations aero slower than the last one? or a 9000 aero? saab needs to get on progress!!!
It's coming, 2012 9-3 will be what you're looking for. At what price who knows. I think the new 9-3 will come as a hatch, a vert and sedan. I hope they don't bring a wagon instead of a hatch but that's possible. Car will be the first Saab built by Spyker alone, probably with a BMW engine.
Patience.
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I just bought the 4cyl petrol 9-5 (Australian version) and I have to say I am impressed. It's my third SAAB, my previous car from new was a Jaguar X-type. The drive is good but a little harsher than the soft ride of the Jag. The power is much better and all the gadgets are great. Lovely sound system, heads up display works well and the quality of the seats are great. There are not many on the road here so it stands out, but doesn't have that wanky tag like a BMW, Merc, Jag or Lexus. The size of this car is just amazing, but it doesn't drive like a big car. My only complaint is that the auto headlights are not really automatic. Auto just means headlights on all the time - shame. The electronic handbrake and keyless entry are fantastic and the green ambient lighting in the cabin at night is impressive. All up, I am really happy with this car.
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"Only because it manages to make more from less. Which, perhaps, is the way a Saab should be."

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I was going to say the same, totally agree!!
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