The Elements 3 hybrid EHT819H is the pad you want that is a GG pad and a good one. The 800M is a very aggressive metallic that will wear hard on the rotors, definitely not the best choice for your Saab.I bought a set of these for my Saab presuming that they would be a premium pad with F or G friction rating. On the side of pads themselves is a number ending in "ee". Could these pads be friction rated EE?
Have never seen any correlation between friction rating and a marketing term that a brake manufacturer uses. Realize that, for example, "premium" means absolutely nothing, it's just opinion. One company's poor brake pad could be better than another company's premium brake pad.be a premium pad with F or G friction rating
Unfortunately, the Element 3 hybrid EHT819H doesn't seem to fit my '99 9-3. It's a little strange as the 9-5 and 9-3 OG usually take the same pads.
The Saturn L-series (Opel Vectra) also takes these pads. Strangely, Akebono uses 800 for the Saturn and 819 for Saab, some use 800 for Saab and 819 for Saturn, and others consolidate both on the same pad!
The EHT pads probably will fit your 9-3, but Akebono is better
EBC also makes separate 800 and 819 pads