New Saab Owner from Washington, D.C. Speaks!

Posted on 26. Sep, 2007 by in 2000-2009, 9-3 SS, Enthusiasts, Washington, D.C.

Gryphon of the Washington, D.C. area has submitted responses to some questions I asked him recently as well as some wonderful photos of him and his beautiful 2006 Saab 9-3 SportCombi. Gryphon is a new Saab owner and has really taken on a whole lot of enthusiasm for the brand and clearly exhibits this with his submittal today. Thank you Gryphon and welcome once again to the Saab Community!

Here is what he has to say.

Name: Gryphon
Location: Northern Virginia (Washington, DC Area)

Why did you decide on the SAAB 9-3 SportCombi?

I did a lot of research before buying my 2006 9-3 SportCombi. I test drove the Mercedes Benz C-Class wagon as well as the comparable wagons from BMW and Audi. I also looked at a series of small and mid-size SUVs. The field of competitors is strong, but the SAAB won hands down. It’s easily the most versatile and capable car on the market. The gas mileage is great, and no other vehicle on the market offered the features and the value of the SportCombi. So, my decision was easy.

Is this your first SAAB?

I guess that the right term of me is a “conquest.” Before I bought my 9-3 SportCombi, I was a Mercedes fan. My last car was the 2003 Mercedes C-Class.

Are you thinking about a new SAAB any time soon?

Actually, yes. I am very interested in the MY 2008 SAAB 9-3. I just heard that they have made it to the DC market, and I am going to make my way over to my local dealer. This time, I think I will get the Aero Convertible. The new MY 2008 9-3s are simply gorgeous. The new aggressive styling should be received well by the market.

Also, in the not-so-distant future, I’d love to get my hands on a 2000 Viggen. I missed that car when it launched, but whenever I see one, I fall for it all over again.

Do you see a lot of SAABs in the area?

Yes! I think SAAB does quite well in the Washington, DC market. On this morning’s commute, I saw a gorgeous lime green SAAB 9-3 Convertible. If I had not been driving, I would have snapped a pic. The next time I see a local SAAB, I’ll send it in for the SAAB of the Week posting.

Anything else?

I just want to say how much I appreciate the SAAB History project. There’s so much useful information here, and I check it frequently. There’s still a lot of info on here that I need to review!

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One Response to “New Saab Owner from Washington, D.C. Speaks!”

  1. Corrine

    14. Oct, 2007

    I loved Gryphon’s story about his switch to Saab after testing his other choices.
    Gryphon, you need to visit the annual Saab owners gatherings in MA. Next year (early fall, I believe) it is being held at the former Fort Devens base, now just called Devens off Rte. 2 in the central part of the state. There will be time to clean and prepare your car for best in category, etc. That’s totally optional. Ask at this website for more information. It’s a fun fall day every year.

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