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Long Term Project (Part 1): 2011 9-3 Aero XWD

Having worked behind the scenes at CardYourCar for a while now, it’s given me the opportunity to get a lot of unique items for my cars over the years. Since May marks the one year anniversary for owning my 2011 9-3 Aero XWD, I thought I would take an opportunity to share with you the car and some of the upgrades that have been done along the way. This will be the first in a series of posts that I hope will inspire some of you and even give a little direction when it comes to upgrading your Saab. (You will find links to some of the items I have used in my upgrades that are available for purchase from our shop below).

The car started life as a 2011 9-3 Aero Turbo4 with XWD. It was decently optioned with dual power front seats with memory, electric folding mirrors, and even the TX Design Pack which gave me carbon fiber interior accents, all black leather seats, TurboX front bumper and titanium finished exterior treatments to the front grilles, fog lights and trunk handle. All in all, a pretty nice car to start with, but having come out of very special 9-5 Aero wagon, I wanted something unique, so…


May 2015:

Having taken delivery of my new to me 9-3 and made a 6 hour drive, I returned home to find a box waiting for me that contained a Hirsch Carbon leather wrapped dash panel and shifter surround as well as an eSID2. Within an hour or two everything was fitted and at that point, I started trying to decide what would come next. A few days later, the Hirsch honeycomb 3-piece grille arrived along with the leather wrapped handle set (all subtle but very nice upgrades to interior and exterior of the car). At this point my mind started to race and I began to ask myself “what should I do next??” Well the answer came about a month later…


A front shot showing the TX finish/Hirsch grille.


Hirsch carbon leather wrapped shifter surround and leather wrapped handle set.

eSID2 can be found here:

eSID 2 for Saab 9-3 MY 07-

One thought on “Long Term Project (Part 1): 2011 9-3 Aero XWD

  1. Re: Long Term Project (Part 1): 2011 9-3 Aero XWD

    Very nice – so what did you do next??

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