Sadly, I had to let go of my 9-3. It's the first car I've had for less than a year, but it cost me more than some cars I've had for over 5 years. I just had to stop putting money into it. However, it was fun while it lasted and during its times in between repairs, it was brilliant.

I consider myself lucky to be one of the few people to own a black 9-3 Aero XWD with a manual transmission. For me, the Saab provided many firsts: first manual tranny, first turbo, first AWD and first dead car brand. I learned a lot during my ownership experience, about vetting used cars, about what to fix myself vs paying somebody, about finding a decent mechanic, about diagnosing problems, and most importantly about when to cut my losses. I'm sad to see it go, but I'm excited about my next car, which is....


A BMW 135i!

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So far, the 135i is wonderful, but I'll have to report on it again after the honeymoon period is over.

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