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Find #1:
http://www.theautobarn.com/detail-2000-saab-9~3-5dr_hb_se_auto_w_sunroof-used-5780609.html
Asking Price: $4986
Mileage: ~122,000

Free CARFAX Report: http://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistory/p/Report.cfx?partner=EBZ_0&vin=YS3DF58K4Y2030033

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Find #2:
http://www.carconnectionlive.com/vehicledetails.aspx?VID=117369945
Asking Price: $5,990
Mileage: ~46,000

I'm guessing this is the mileage on a newly built engine. I tried getting a hold of the dealership to investigate that. No free CARFAX Report on this one. I will definitely pick it up if this is a worthwhile option though.
--Update: This is the correct mileage from date of vehicle manufacture

Would you consider these two cars reasonable options for my car search? How much room do you think there is for haggling on each? I don't know much about the used Saab market outside of punching numbers into KBB :rolleyes: Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Um, the first one is overpriced IMO. I saw a 1999 9-3 for sale with 140k on it needing only a new DIC for $1000. Second one is very nicely priced however.

Is there a reason you are specifically targeting the 2000 model year? 1999 has T5 engines, which are more reliable and easier to tune/modify. You can find prime examples of 1999 9-3's for fairly cheap. Also, go 5 speed.
 

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I'm really digging the red exterior / tan leather interior combo. Here are some other options that I am considering (moreso than the ones previously posted):

http://www.trimmotorcars.com/newand...4280-4f73-b7ba-e929a25f2095/2001-Saab-93.aspx
Asking Price: $5499
Mileage: ~107,000

http://www.weavermotorsportsinc.com/vehicle.php?vin=YS3DD58H6Y2019156
Free CARFAX Report (No records of service/maintenance): http://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistory/p/Report.cfx?partner=DVW_1&vin=YS3DD58H6Y2019156
Asking Price: $4,450
Mileage: ~103,000

http://www.europeanmotorcarsinc.com...8acf-4f92-841f-863472bb5a5a/1999-Saab-93.aspx
Asking Price: $3,950
Mileage: ~119,000

http://inventory.tarrytownhonda.com...ab-9-3--480 S Broadway -NY?condition_id=10426
Free CARFAX Report: http://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistory/p/Report.cfx?partner=ECL_0&vin=YS3DD38N5X2073671
Asking Price: $4,555
Mileage: ~112,000
--UPDATE: No longer available

Unless I can negotiate well below the dealership's asking price, it doesn't look like I will be finding the good deals that you guys have mentioned without being more open-minded. The asking price for these vehicles (that I have found) have consistently been in the ballpark of $4,000-$5,000. What would be a good starting price point for negotiation? I have until November to keep looking, but I haven't found too many 1999-2003 Saab 9-3s with the Red/Tan combination.
 

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Well these are all dealer sales, therefore 4-5k is what they value the cars at. The deals we are mentioning, are all private parties. If you feel more comfortable buying through a dealer, then go for it. Otherwise save 2-3k and buy from a private party.

Never seen a red ext with tan interior.

How would a typical 1999-2003 generation 9-3 handle highway driving? I do my fair share of cruising the highway 1-2 times a month (90-200 miles).

How about winter conditions?
Highway is no issues, they have more than enough passing power, and if well maintained, make a reliable long journey car.

Winter IMO comes down to tires. Put snows/studs on, and the car is amazing in snow. Put "all seasons" on and expect to spin tires on take off and skid coming to dead stops.
 
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