GatorStyle: how old is the 9-3? How are the interior bits holding up? That's something that I would consider, even if the ignition is between the front seats.
I have driven a Saab before. Test drove a 9000 Aero in 1997 when I bought my undergrad car. Wonderful, wonderful seats, and surprisingly torquey for a blown four, but it fell aside in the Final Four. The Finalists back then were a 1985 Jaguar XJ-6 Series-3 Vanden Plas and a 1994 or 1995 Alfa Romeo 164. Both of those were much cheaper than the new Saab, and didn't give anything up to the Saab. The Alfa is truly a brilliant car, a front driver that handles sublimely (same platform as the Saab 9000, actually...), and looks the part outside, inside, and under the bonnet. I bought the Jag because it was cheaper and much better appointed, with the Wilton carpeting, real Connolly Bros. leather all over the interior (not just the "seating surfaces"), real burled walnut veneers....the modern Forduars you see, even the six figure ones, don't compare with the Series-3 you can buy for less than five grand US$ in terms of interior materials quality. Also, there's very little more awe-inspiring than seeing those two raised cam covers on that massive XK straight six. Top that off with it being cheaper and it being MUCH easier in North Carolina to find someone who will work on a Jag than on a newish Alfa, and it was kinda like Duke against South Podunk County State U -- no contest. That car served me brilliantly through four years of serious abuse, including one year's requisition by my younger sister when she started uni and the two cross-USA trips that necessated (I was on a junior year abroad), needing basically only copious quantities of petrol, regular replacement of the Mobil 1 in its sump, and two sets of new tyres. I offered to buy it from its current owner (who I thought was my friend...) at double my selling price, but he quite wisely for him demurred.... The other thing I'm worried about is that Saab is a GM product now. Small marques need to raid parts bins for various interior bits, and GM (be it Chevy or Opel/Vauxhall) has just about the lowest quality parts imaginable in its bins... Peace, JG