After several weeks of searching for a new (used) car I settled on a 2002 black SAAB 9-3 hatchback. As soon as I took the car out for a test drive I knew it was going to be the one I picked. It was extremely comfortable and handles really well, quite powerful and also smooth, with great acceleration and cornering. The car also has a stylish and classy design to it that recalls the old 900 model SAAB but adds a more modern streamlined look while retaining the classic hatchback design. It has been overall a wonderful car in the week or so I have owned it and I look forward to many more miles of driving it.
Here is my review of the car
on my website with many pictures of the beautiful auto. I nicknamed it "The Black Knight." Despite being black and having black leather seats, it never gets too hot in the interior because the seats have a cloth material in the middle that dissipates the heat.
SAAB 9-3s of the first generation take only MOBIL 1 synthetic oil. Any other oil will cause oil sludge. I have no idea what kind of oil the previous owner put in the thing (although the very qualified import mechanic I had inspect the car pre-purchase said the motor looked straight) but just to be on the safe side I got an oil change anyway. MOBIL 1 synthetic only.