Wheeler Dealers S08E05 Saab 9 3 Turbo Convertible
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Wheeler Dealers is a British television series produced by Attaboy TV for
the Discovery Channel, fronted by Mike Brewer and mechanic Edd China. The
premise of the show is that Brewer and China are on a mission to save
repairable enthusiast vehicles, by repairing or otherwise improving an
example of a particular make and model to a budget, then selling it to a
There have so far been eleven series of the programme and three different
theme tunes have been used; the current one being Balaclava by The
Wideboys. The previous theme was from V-The Production Library by Music 4.
Series 1 originally aired in 2003. The second half of Series 6 was aired in
Autumn of 2009 on Discovery Real Time. Series 5 was renamed to Wheeler
Dealers: On the Road; in this series Mike and Edd expanded their car search
by heading out into Europe hoping to find classic cars to buy and restore.
Beginning with part 2 of Series 8, Mike further expanded their horizon by
touring the United States.
In April 2013, a spin-off series titled Wheeler Dealers Trading Up was
launched. This series was produced by X2 Productions Ltd and has Mike
travelling around the world to buy and sell used cars in different
countries on a set budget. He begins with $3000 and trades his way through
the series up to a Porsche 911. It was recommissioned by Discovery Channel
International for a second series where Mike ends up buying a Ferrari. This
series does not feature Edd China.
Crash Test: 2007 Saab 9-3
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Insurance Institute for Highway Bumper Crash Test: 2007 Saab 9-3 Front
Full: ,476 Front Corner: ,076 Rear Full: ,722 Rear Corner: 69 Total Damage
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Saab 9-3 Vector 1.9 TiDS Steptronic Full Review,Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
With so many entry-level luxury car choices from Germany, Japan and
America, it's easy to overlook the Swedish Saab 9-3. But the truth is, the
Saab 9-3 could be a great match for buyers looking for a spacious, safe and
comfortable automobile with a proven safety record and a distinctly modern
Today's 9-3 lineup is the latest in Saab's long line of near-luxury cars
dating back to the 1970s. Offered in a variety of body styles, with
abundant cargo space and frugal yet powerful engines, it has always
represented a competitively priced, character-laden alternative to the
me-too near-luxury offerings from other manufacturers.
Though the unique and practical 9-3 hatchbacks were discontinued after the
2002 model year, the 9-3 family continues to be offered in multiple body
styles: a four-door sedan, two-door convertible and four-door wagon, the
latter called "SportCombi." All utilize small-displacement, turbocharged engines that extract big power while
salvaging respectable fuel economy. Recent examples have been made
available with V6s as a step up from one of Saab's traditionally lively
four-cylinders. Furthermore, the Saab 9-3 tends to be priced aggressively,
at least in sedan and wagon form. Convertible models have always been a bit
less of a bargain.
Among the Saab 9-3's chief shortcomings are its lower performance
thresholds and somewhat cut-rate interior in comparison with German and
Japanese competitors. Still, it remains a good bet for near-luxury car
shoppers seeking something different in a class of look-alikes.
Current Saab 9-3
Today's Saab 9-3 is sold in three body styles: sedan, SportCombi wagon and
convertible. Sedan and SportCombi models feel spacious, with low floors,
upright windows and seating for five, though three in the rear seat can be
tight. Legroom in particular is a sore spot. Convertible models have a rear
seat for two adults of small-to-average size. Cargo room in all models is
The 2.0T trim is only available with front-wheel drive and is powered by a
turbocharged 210-horsepower 2.0-liter
four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or five-speed
automatic transmission. When equipped with front-wheel drive, the Aero trim
comes with a turbocharged, 255-hp
2.8-liter V6 mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
transmission, and rides on a sport-tuned suspension. The all-wheel-drive
Aero XWD gets a higher-Boost version
of the turbo-4, making 280 hp and 295
pound-feet of torque. We'd suggest driving enthusiasts opt for this choice.
Another option is the turbo X limited
edition of the Aero XWD, which features larger wheels, lowered and firmer
suspension with self-leveling shock absorbers, larger brakes and sportier
trim.Inside, dramatic two-tone color schemes with lots of matte-black
finishes create an intense, distinctly Scandinavian ambience. Longstanding
Saab-isms remain, including a floor-mounted ignition switch and a "Night
Panel" button that darkens all non-essential dashboard lights to reduce eye
fatigue. However, the climate and audio controls are now generic,
ergonomically friendly GM units.
One of Saab's strongest suits is safety. Thus, the 9-3 offers two-stage
side seat-mounted airbags, curtain airbags on sedan and wagon models,
whiplash-reducing head restraints, stability control and antilock brakes
with Brake Assist.
Editorial reviews have praised the Saab 9-3 as one of the better-handling
front-wheel-drive cars on the market, while taking note of its comfortable
front seats and cavernous cargo areas, even in the convertible. The Aero in
particular, although expensive, has a lightweight, agile feel missing from
many of its competitors. Complaints focus on a sometimes harsh ride
quality, turbo lag and a sense of
quality far short of its German and Japanese competition.Shoppers
interested in a used Saab 9-3 should note that the vehicle has changed some
since 2003. Originally, the vehicle was available in three trim levels. The
base Linear and more luxurious Arc shared a turbocharged 175-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
and nearly identical styling. The Vector wore sportier clothes, rode lower
and offered a 210-hp version of the same engine, which was also optional on
the Arc. The 9-3 Convertible appeared in 2004, followed by the SportCombi
wagon in 2006. In 2005, Vector models were renamed Aero.In 2006, the base
Linear trim level and its weak motor were dropped, while the Arc was
renamed 2.0T and gained the 210-hp engine as standard. The Aero received
the 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 that year.
All 9-3s got an interior freshening for '07, including less bizarre climate
and audio controls. The all-wheel-drive Aero sedan and wagon arrived for
2008, along with the limited "turbo X"
Saab 9-3 ESP In Action
This video shows just how effective the Saab Electronic Stability Program
is on the 2003 and newer 9-3 models.
The video is in Swedish, but basically the first part is with the ESP off
and the next is with it on.
2008 Saab 9-3 Review - Kelley Blue Book
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Saab 9-3. Beyond meatballs and home-assembled furniture, Sweden is also
known as the home of Saab cars, a brand that has prided itself on being
different. So for those who think Audis and BMWs are all too common on
Americas roadways, the Saab 9-3 offers a quirkier sports-luxury
Welcome to our comprehensive Kelley Blue Book review of the Saab 9-3.
Styling advances at Saab tend to be evolutionary, but take our word for it;
in addition to a host of interior and performance upgrades, the exterior of
the latest 9-3 has received more than a freshening. And Saab loyalists can
take heart that funky details like the signature center-mounted ignition
remain on the 9-3. For more new car reviews, interviews and automotive news
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