Congratulations are in order: Saabs United has raised enough money to buy the last Saab 9-3, what is likely to be the last Saab of any sort ever produced. The group will be installing the car in the Saab Cars Museum on a permanent loan, as well as donating the additional money it raised during its fund drive.

Forgive us for being just a bit cynical here, but it's really a shame this particular car is so mundane. It's a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin, a run-of-the-mill sedan that's a direct descendant of the 2003 model year 9-3. Based on the global General Motors Epsilon platform that also spawned the similarly extinct Pontiac G6, the 9-3 is arguably the car that killed Saab – or at least failed to save it – as GM was never able to sell enough of them or derive enough profit from the ones it managed to move in the U.S. to make a go of the brand.

We're sure all Saab enthusiasts agree that the marque certainly deserved better treatment than it got from Detroit, and when we look back in fond remembrance on Saab, there are any number of models that will come to mind before we think of the final 9-3. Most of them are included in our historical Saab gallery.


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      Punch and Judy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've always liked this car. And it's nice that they saved the last Saab for sentimental reasons. Of course, if Saab were still in business today and peddling this car, it would be far too old to be competitive. It needed to be replaced years ago. I wonder what the 'next' 9-3 would have looked like. The styling work was probably near complete when Saab went under.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am proud to say that I donated money to help save the last production SAAB. Thanks to Autoblog for the link to the site to do just that. I'm not even a fan of SAAB, but they deserved better, and all cars are precious in some way.
      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saving that last 9-3 is like saving Elvis' last dump
      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Your objective writing style is killing autoblog Jeff. Who the F*CK cares what the last Saab is? It's the LAST SAAB and that's ALL people are going to care about, big deal if it's a 9-3 or whatever "mundane" cAr as you say, that's your opinion.. Shut up.
      shle896
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had two Saab 9-3's in a row (1998 & 2002) and I miss them both. They were great cars that were excellent in snow, but also HAULED ASS on the highway. I never had a lick of trouble with either one of mine and perhaps what I liked most of all is that I didn't see one coming and going every time I drove down the road. They were quirky and eccentric and all around AWESOME.
      the.ting
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would anyone pay premium for a G6? That's what killed Saab. The Saab brand lost its identity when it became GM cars in Saab clothing. One car was really a Subaru, another a Chevy, etc. No one could really put a finger on what the brand was anymore.
      D
      • 2 Years Ago
      All in all, it is a SAAB story.
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Instead of saying that no one understood the brand, why not just say it was a niche low-volume brand? Everything I like that no one understands is labeled as "niche" and "limited market" and "too expensive for what it looks like". This is the same situation so call it like it is people. It's nice to finally see someone else upset about losing a niche product that no one understands. How's it feel Saab lovers? To like something that nobody understands and watch the car you love fall out of production..... Sucks doesn't it?
      Raymond
      • 2 Years Ago
      First that was not a bad car and that 2003 model was the best selling Saab of all time on a annual basis so please do some research. The problem was it was one model, two Saab fell under Opel's control who did not give then resources, and three Saab would have been dead years before if Gm did not keep them alive as long as they did. Remember this economic crisis killed Saab also not GM! Not to mention the car rode very well and was the only car in the world at the time with 5 stars all the way around and in roll over.
        Raymond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Raymond
        I meant 2003 up body style not the sales year 2003....
      g_stoutenburg
      • 2 Years Ago
      I too have a 2006 9-3 and it has been a marvelous car. A drivers car for sure and yet trouble free. While people say GM never got Saab or feel that somehow they mistreated Saab maybe they should remember that without GM Saab would have been extinct long ago. Saab were producing cars that cost far more to build than they could sell them for, GM at least turned that around and got production costs somewhat in-line.
        omgcool
        • 2 Years Ago
        @g_stoutenburg
        Thank you for recognizing that. GM did what it had to do.
      James Coulee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since the receivers are entertaining several interested parties, all of them planning to make "Saab" cars in Trollhattan (two of them will be chosen by May 15 for final negotiations) I find it unlikely this will be the last Saab. But I'm not an automotive journalist (though you'd just have to keep up with the receivers' regular press conferences or skim the usual fan pages to be aware of this)... On the other hand, bad news sell better than good news.
      Ian
      • 2 Years Ago
      For what it's worth I drive a 2006 9-3 sportcombi and, despite having owned a few Saabs over the years including 99s and a classic 900, the 9-3 has been up there with the best of them. It's quick, comfortable, supremely reliable and a pleasure to drive. GM certainly never early 'got' Saab, and didn't really seem to know how to market the brand or where to position it. But that doesn't change the fact that there are plenty of 9-3 drivers out there who hold their vehicles in very high regard.
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