Posted by: saabnuts | May 22, 2015

Saab 9-3X Driving Impressions

2011 Saab 9-3X home 1w

It’s about one month since we brought home the 2011 Saab 9-3X pictured above.

It was hit by a deer early on, survived and has been a great car so far.

Who cares about the driving impressions of a sort of used car, new to us?  I do not care if my writing has no audience, and am writing about it anyway.

Perhaps someone else is in the market and likes these cars.

The 9-3X being the first automatic transmission car we’ve owned in over a decade is an adjustment for me BUT I’ll admit this aging guy doesn’t mind not shifting for tooling around town doing errands and on roads with plenty of stop lights, etc.

The right automatic transmission & car combination does not bother me.

One of the vehicles we previously owned looked a little like the car pictured below.

Classic Volvo 244 sedan from rear

Classic Volvo 244 sedan from rear

We owned a 1984 Volvo (244) GL and loved the car.

It was NOT an exciting ride but it was comfortable and safe and gave its life saving my wife when hit (t-boned) in the driver’s door by a big Buick doing 60MPH or so.

But I always liked that Volvo, it was sturdy, predictable and it had a nice automatic that knew when to downshift, when to upshift etc. all before the days of modern electronics assisting in these areas.

Oddly enough, or old metallic brown Volvo reminds me of the metallic brown (javamet) Saab 9-3 X.

Both have 4 cylinder engines though the Volvo sported a 2.3 litre non-turbo engine and 4 speed (3 plus overdrive) transmission while the 9-3X has a 2.0 turbo and a 5 or 6 speed automatic.

Even though it has been 21 years since I drove that Volvo of ours, I’ve driven other 240 series Volvos since.

And while many Saab owners may wince at the idea of their Saab feeling Volvo-esque, I do not mind for this car.

It’s our daily driver, solid, steady, predictable and safe feeling.

It’s just so strange to me to be driving another boring Swedish sedan around that feels like the old Volvo only MANY times better of course.  Even the steering feels a familiar sort of heavy, not overly power assisted in the 9-3X I think in part to large 17 inch wheels and XWD.

The engines even sound similar to me since both cars have / had stock exhaust systems versus the louder stuff I generally prefer.

I only wish Saab were still producing cars because we’d keep on buying them.

Even if they are not making cars now and may never make cars or the same types of cars we prefer, I thank everyone who made these cars for doing what they did, they way they did.

It may be years off before we need to replace another car but we dread not being able to buy another Saab.

For now we are both thrilled to have a more modern car and to putt putt along in when not asking for turbo assistance, though that of course is always fun.

Happy and safe motoring to all.

Posted by: saabnuts | April 30, 2015

A new car does not stay new

Our new 2011 Saab 9-3 X or AWD isn’t really a new car but is new to us, and never before owned except as a dealer car.

We have had too many near colissions with deer in our area. to count, and until now only once previously did we hit any with our cars.

My prior deer hit was in the 1980’s in my 99 EMS when when stopped, and a deer charged the Saab,  hit me head on, went up over the hood, windshield, an open sunroof and off the back hatch & turbo tail.

Nary a scratch was left behind, just a lot of fur and an injured deer.

But tonight my wife was not lucky enough to miss an animal again and had a deer run into the 9-3X, though most fortunately my wife is ok, and the Saab will survive.

2011 Saab 9-3X Deer accident damage 4-30-2015 002

Though she had precious little time to react my wife managed to stop the Saab but the deer still ran into the car.

Deer seem to panic near some cars in our area, and I suspect other animals panic in this way elsewhere, making avoiding them difficult to impossible sometimes.

The deer managed to go up over the hood and front of the car, tumbling end over end, barely making off the other side of the road.

Don’t know if the deer is ok, it hit hard, but it was not in an area where my wife or local police could easily find it in the woods.

I’m still relieved my wife was in a Saab and believe if you take a deer or moose hit, these are THE cars to be in.

Two little dents on the hood, and a loose radiator grille I hope to pop back into place… and a lot of fur, much of which was removed before photos.

2011 Saab 9-3X Deer accident damage 4-30-2015 006

I am so glad that my wife is ok, and it amazes us both that the car is fine too, which is just a bonus.

It was not a fun experience for my mrs.

We feel terribly about the poor animal but these encounters are all too common and sometimes unavoidable. It wasn’t a “clean kill” if you will pardon the use of that term if it offends, causing some guilt about the animal meeting a painful, prolonged end.

Thumbs up to my wife’s eagle eyes, and her safe and great driving skills, because it could have been so much worse, making really happy that my mrs. made it home to me :)

Posted by: saabnuts | April 21, 2015

2011 Saab 9-3 Awd pics 1st morning home

Loving our new 9-3 Awd Turbo4.

Took a few morning pics before it was taken to its 1st day at the office.

Enjoying also how the color changes in different light.

This morning the car looked a deeper chocolate color than when we saw it in the sunlight of the weekend during our test drive.

Not the first “brown” colored car in our families, but one of the prettiest.

Never thought I’d enjoy a brown car again ;)

2011 Saab 9-3X home 1w 2011 Saab 9-3X home 2w 2011 Saab 9-3X home 3w 2011 Saab 9-3X home 4w 2011 Saab 9-3X home 5w 2011 Saab 9-3X home 6w 2011 Saab 9-3X home 7w 2011 Saab 9-3X home 8w

Posted by: saabnuts | April 20, 2015

2011 Saab 9-3 added to our Saab fleet


2011 Saab 9-3X 8

* This is a shortened version of a post I decided to retract over the most recent weekend.

We have added another Saab to our personal fleet of Saabs.

2011 Saab 9-3X 6

I’m not purely thrilled as we gave up one of our Saabs, which is why we got the newer 2011 Saab.

I am not good at letting go of cars, particularly with how attached we both become to our various Saabs, and while as near to a new Saab as we could get in 2015, it hurt to give up the old 2002 9-3 and we are buying this new 2011 9-3 when Saab is… well if you follow Saab car news as I do, you know… in a state of dormancy to put it politely or euphemistically.

2011 Saab 9-3X 5

Below is a pic of the 2002 Saab 9-3 Turbo twins we owned, of which one has gone out to pasture.

Woody and Red matching 02 9-3's

In it’s place is a shiny 2011 Saab 9-3 with All Wheel Drive in the color Javamet, or metallic java, which we noticed matches the hair color of both of our dogs, and like the paint on the car, their hair also looks to be different shades of copper and brown depending upon lighting conditions ;)

2011 Saab 9-3X 4

It’s the first automatic transmission car we’ve owned since our old 1984 Volvo 240 GL, and the first sedan since that car as well.

2011 Saab 9-3X 2

But Automatic and lack of a hatch aside, I’m really liking the new wheels.

We are technically the first owners as the car was in dealer stock the last 4+ years and classified as a demo though it was actually used by a dealer employee.

2011 Saab 9-3X 1

Some photos from the dealer are throughout this post, and more can be found in our flickr channel of our cars in the links to the right if anyone cares to peek.

Hoping we can drive this one many miles as we have our other Saabs, and that someday we may be able to buy another car from Trollhattan even if it doesn’t wear the Saab name.

Otherwise we bought ourselves more time to figure out what to do if we can’t buy another new Saab ;)

I drove this new 9-3 over the weekend and tonight after taking delivery, in the rain and on a dreary night.

I’m pleased to report that I really became quite fond of this car and quite quickly.

The car was predictably solid on the slick roads, highway ramps, narrow lanes and so on.

While we may not have chosen Javamet or an automatic, a sedan, a 9-3, or an all wheel drive Saab, if we had been able to buy when Saab needed sales most, we are happy with the decision we made now.

I do hope that anyone else needing to replace their older Saab is able to find something that suits their needs and preferences as the new 9-3 did for us.

Now the question is, what will we buy next?

I am always keeping an eye out for another classic 900, perhaps a convertible Saab of some sort, or a 9-5.

For now, 4 Saabs will have to be enough for the guy who loves the cars but rarely if ever drives anywhere anymore.

Thanks also to my wife for making this choice with me and willingly!

I am thankful not only for her but that she shares my passion for the cars.

I’m envious that she is the designated driver of this newest Saab though we DO share all of them, and I will get to enjoy the new car when she isn’t using it.

Happy motoring to all.

Posted by: saabnuts | October 3, 2014

Woody rides again!

Woody and Red matching 02 9-3's

Pictured above are our nearly identical twin 2002 Saab 9-3’s

I think the car in the foreground is the one we nicknamed “Woody” for several reasons, including allowing us to differentiate between our Saabs, which red, 2002 9-3 we are referring to, when talking.

The name is not interesting but that doesn’t stop me from including such boring details ;)

This post is just a little celebration of a few facts.

1) The fact that we are happy our Saab dealer, Valenti Saab in Watertown, CT has retained their excellent Saab techs and is still servicing our old cars.  Thanks also for providing us a wonderful Audi loaner while our car was rebuilt and repaired. Thank you to everyone at Valenti Motors!

2) Woody, like 2 of our other Saabs which we kept for 16 and 17 years, and which were driven daily, on salty (during winter) New England roads, had a little rust issue that resulted in some serious suspension concerns.

Thanks to our talented and willing Saab Tech’s, Woody has a new lease on life and is riding smoothly down the bumpy, windy roads in our area as he did before, and as a Saab should ride…

For now, we remain a 2 driver, 4 car household, proudly and happily enjoying our little Saab fleet.

I wish there were brighter news in the world on the future of NEVS / Saab automobiles.

Like many Saab owners we continue to consider what we will drive if Saabs are someday not a “daily driver” option, but based upon the wonderful treatment we receive at our dealer, we think we will drive whatever they sell and service.

Excellent service is not easy to find and we do appreciate it!

Posted by: saabnuts | September 30, 2014

Mitchell Swedish Beauty Contest 2014 Event

Mitchel Sweidsh Beauty Contest 2014 poster

It’s that time of year again in Simsbury, Connecticut, when Mitchell Saab & Mitchell Volvo are hosting their 33rd Annual Swedish Beauty Contest!

When:  Saturday, October, 18, 2013 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Contact info for Mitchell Volvo and Mitchell Saab

(click address below for directions)
384 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070

  • Sales: (877) 404-7031
  • Service: (877) 418-6464
  • Parts: (877) 425-0258

Thanks to Mitchell Volvo / Mitchell Saab for hosting this nice and friendly event

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