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First off let me say I've got a GM supplier discount to bring the two cars to an equal footing price wise.

I have an RSX that was nailed by a drunk driver. I'm going to be selling it and getting a new car. As much as I loved that car, I'm not going to buy the same car twice. Something with a similar feel to that car is what I'm looking for.

I was seriously sold on the '04 WRX with the premium package. Then I drove the 9-3 Arc. Now I'm torn. I'd be getting the 6 speed.

The new 9-3s solved all of the torque steer and turbo lag problems Saab had been known for. They come with more amenities than you can shake a stick it. And they make a great sleeper with a classy and unique look. The stock turbo is supposed to be good for low 14s and there are several performance chips and aftermarket turbos to be had to go even faster if you care to. And it's got true luxury car features.

Anyone else compare these cars while shopping?

I've also looked at the Accord Coupe, Mazda 6, and TSX. I'm looking for something that's sporty, fun to drive, and reliable. I don't really race and I'm not into modding yet. But I love a spirited drive on winding roads as much as the next guy.

Tempted to hold out for the 9-2(WRX in Saab's clothing) next year as well.
 

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Well, I am from Sweden so I am biased. I have a WRX and have test driven the new 9-3. It all depends upon what you like. Reliability is great with both cars. The Saab is aimed more towards comfort and luxury. The Subaru is more towards performance and fun. If I made long trips the Saab would be an easy choice (I drove 8 hrs straight in the Subaru ONCE!). However, I like to modify towards extreme performance and the Saab cannot support that area as well as the Subaru. Both cars do have their own "cult" following in the States and are not high volume autos. It is down to personal taste. Good luck!
 

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Another thing the Saab had going for it. It's dirt cheap to insure vs a WRX or my RSX. But it's in the same territory performance wise and is more expensive, go figure.

I don't know anything about SAAB reliability. Or really any modern turbo car. I've just got the brainwashed turbo=bad image going. But I know that's not necessarily true anymore.

I know the resale value isn't that great since it's such a niche market car. But the substantial discount I'm getting will counteract that.
 

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I'd be pretty surprised if the Saab was really that much cheaper in insure than the WRX. I think I pay about $10 more a month over my 95 Nissan Maxima, and I'm sure most of that was because of the value of the car.

I'll tell you the same thing I told you on the RSX boards, hold out for the saab 9-2 if you can wait that long :)
 

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Youch, I pay less than 500 every 6 mos. for the WRX and I live in a pretty high insurance rate area.
 

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Not to go too off topic, but what insurance companies are you guys with (Nouseforaname, IKE, and EionJess)? I'm in PA, and I havn't found anything less than 800/ 6 mo.....
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EDIT:This is for full/premium coverage with collision Ded. at 1,000 and comprehensive at 250.
 

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BrandonWRX said:
Not to go too off topic, but what insurance companies are you guys with (Nouseforaname, IKE, and EionJess)? I'm in PA, and I havn't found anything less than 800/ 6 mo.....
thanks..
Brandon

EDIT:This is for full/premium coverage with collision Ded. at 1,000 and comprehensive at 250.
I am with 21st Century Insurance...full coverage. Had them for years. My wife and I both get the Professional discounts so that does help in the price.
 

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If the 9-3 is the turbo Saab, I know this doesn't help much for comparison...but some ass around here kept messing with me (STi) so I completely destroyed him. If you take a lot of long trips, go Saab. I've had to do multiple 9 hour trips in a WRX and in the STi...not the most comfortable thing.

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I would go with the Rex personally.. although that is ofcourse a biased opinion, but i have driven both. The Saab had its upsides, especially the posh amenities and all of that luxury stuff... however I drive a whole lot, and would really rather drive the Rex on such a long trip, I feel more connected to the drive and won't fall asleep or relax too much and possibly hurt something.
 

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I'm with American Family, I get a multiple car/good driver/preferred customer discount though. Plus I'm 28 and ages makes a pretty big difference.


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The Saab's are very nice, but they will always appear to be sort of yuppyish...something the WRX will never be accused of. That in itself should allow you to choose the right one for your image.
 

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BrandonWRX said:
Not to go too off topic, but what insurance companies are you guys with (Nouseforaname, IKE, and EionJess)? I'm in PA, and I havn't found anything less than 800/ 6 mo.....
thanks..
Brandon

EDIT:This is for full/premium coverage with collision Ded. at 1,000 and comprehensive at 250.
I'm with USAA(have to have some sort of military affliliation to get in)
25/single
$250 collision $100 comprehensive
Comes out to around $670/6 months for my base RSX
Varies a lot by location of course, but I imagine PA isn't that much different.
 

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The Saab's are very nice, but they will always appear to be sort of yuppyish...something the WRX will never be accused of. That in itself should allow you to choose the right one for your image.
Eh, they both seem to have their quirky crowds.

The 9-3 sure is pretty though

Would be able to "grow into" the 9-3, getting married soon, etc
While still having a good performance oriented car

Although the WRX is definitely the performance beast for
today....might be my last chance for a pseudo sports car in my
20's.

Choices choices. It may even come down to how good of a deal I
can swing on either car.
 

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Err...a Saab 9-3 Arc isn't in the same league, performance-wise, as a WRX. High 7's to 60. However, it's a lovely car. My brother wants to get one to replace his Corrado VR6.
 

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how much are you getting the saab for? maybe you should take a look at other cars as well. esp infiniti g35, which imo is the best bang for the buck, by far, in the entry luxury class.
 

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I'd be getting the Saab for around $25k. The only reason why I'm even considering a car in that class. Couldn't afford the G35 or any others without that discount I'd get on the Saab.

Get a $32k luxury car for 25...or spend 25 on a performance beast.

Apparently with one of the Saab superchips their straight line performance can be brought up to par with a WRX. But that's certainly not what that car is all about. It's the luxury route at a discount. In theory the resale value would be more than I paid the moment I drove off the lot...hard to beat that.
 

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WilliamG said:
Err...a Saab 9-3 Arc isn't in the same league, performance-wise, as a WRX. High 7's to 60. However, it's a lovely car. My brother wants to get one to replace his Corrado VR6.
Is that in the automatic? That's what most reviews say, but most reviews are of the auto. However, I hear the 6 speed is in the high 6's.
 
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