Used Car of the Day: Save This 2009 Saab 9-3 From the Scrap Heap

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

This 2009 Saab 9-3 Combi is for sale for just $600.

That's because it has 265K miles on the clock and needs work -- including new brakes. But it runs well otherwise, according to the owner. It has an automatic transmission.

Apparently, the A/C and heated seats work, and the tires are only a few months old.

There's also a lot of cosmetic damage, mostly scratches, a balky sunroof, an unreliable Bluetooth connection, an exhaust leak, and an inaccurate speedo.

Perhaps this would make a good project car for the Saab fan in your life.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • TheEndlessEnigma TheEndlessEnigma on Mar 31, 2023

    The tires are worth more than than rest of the car. IT's also a Michigan car, probably has unreported frame rust problems.

  • Tassos Tassos on May 03, 2023

    Such crappy dirt-cheap cars should be donated to charity, OR, better, donated to MEXICO, where a mechanic's time is cheap. SHould NOT stay in the USA.

    Alternatively, CUBAN mechanics have been very ingenius keeping 50s US POS running forever. The price is right for them.

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