In Saabs we trust.
You might be sitting there thinking, “why do these guys like Saabs so much? Didn’t that company fail?” Well, it didn’t just die, it was killed… but that’s besides the point. Saab had a very ‘driver-centric’ approach in how it designed and engineered its vehicles, which is probably why it was the first automaker to implement heated seats. (side note: this was actually to relieve discomfort during long trips, and not necessarily just to make your butt warm).
Ultimately, though, we love Saabs because they’re an excellent value proposition.
Picture this: you’re young and you don’t have a lot of money, but you want a car that’s going to give you more than just what you need. It has to be able to give you what you want. And what do you want? You want something that’s got some pep. You want something that’s super comfortable. You want something with a sweet sound system so that everyone can hear the music blasting from your ride as you drive into the parking lot at the Penn State Hazleton campus. For better or for worse, you want to be that guy (or girl, although typically such behavior is prompted by excess testosterone).
So there you are, browsing the listings on Craigslist, Cars.com, and the like, when you come across a 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T in a Laser Red finish. It’s got a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides you with ample torque while also giving you over 30 miles to the gallon. It’s equipped with a 6-speaker Bose sound system, heated leather seats with driver-position memory, a sunroof, and some of the coolest cupholders of all time. To top it all off, it has a 6-speed manual transmission.
Back in 2012, such a car with 47,000 miles would have cost you about $13,000. That’s still a lot of money, but doable for a full-time college student who’s also able hold down a job. However, today such a car can be had for about half that amount, like this 2006 convertible model that’s listed on Cars.com for $6,125. This actually seems like a pretty sound Saab, as it has only had 1 owner who put just 60,131 miles on it. You can thank 12 years of depreciation for that low price, as the car was $28,000 when new.