I made a similar thread a while back when I didn't think I would be getting my Saturn back. Now, I did get my Saturn back, but am contemplating trading up.
My Saturn is pretty rough. 114k of towing, commuting into NYC, and about 3 months of delivery car duty at my father's store. It has just had a frozen caliper replaced, as well as a intermediate steering shaft, but will need new shocks, mounts, sway bar endlinks, and a rear diff service soon. I'm currently in my last semester of law school and am applying to jobs; all of which a long distance away.
The car in question is a brand new Saab 9-3 with 5-speed auto, AWD, moonroof, and comfort package. Sticker on the car is 37k, and it is marked down to about 24k. I'm hoping I can bargain them down to 18k out the door with the Saturn trade.
I much prefer a Saab to an entry level small or mid-sizer, so this seems like a good deal. Anyone here have personal experience with this generation 9-3 that can offer insight onto fuel economy, and general cost of ownership; as well as overall opinions on the car?
Rule #1, not the same car, but this color and wheel option: