I drive her carefully and take her to the shop all the time. . There's only been little things like the cup holder that is under the back seats gers stuck all the time. You're probably thinking of the C900s which had fragile transmissions auto or stick. I own a 2003 9-3 convertible and it has been extremely reliable. Aside from that, I've had to replace both sway bar links twice which is odd to me and have a rattling noise coming from the front when it's cold out, which no shop seems to be able to figure out my guess is it's part of the strut mount gasket shriveling up. A wagon joined the 9-3 line for 2006.
Bottom line: Looks great, fun to drive, but not nearly worth the stress. Try for a 2005-2006 or newer, but watch for the 2. I am sorry to hear about the problems with your Saab. I am very stubborn, but the car finally had a total victory over me. How arrogant can one be? It's actually the most civilized convertible I've ever had. Sid display not working properly. Brake lights come on when you turn corners for no reason.
But if you do buy an 03, I would get the On-Star antenna on the top replaced or buy a cap to go on it. Thus far it has been the best car I've ever owned, and I certainly hope that it stays that way. Two weeks later, another one has blown, there are still 4 more to go. Horrible situation, but I need to get out. I have the Viggen, but it isn't any more reliable than the normal model from what I have read. Keys don't lock doors any longer.
It leaks oil still after doing the oil pan and valve cover gaskets. This version of the Saab 9-3 is a huge improvement over its predecessor. Every single time I go to the stealership to get something fixed for an astronomical price, I can't even go a month before something else is calling for more and more money. I leased convertible with 10k Electrical system had problems from day 1. Things that should be simple like water pump call for speical tools you will never use again in you life and your entire weekend or you can pay someone, the book calls for 1k in labor. Stupid things like the front bumper spoiler will set you back about 300 bucks just a smallish pc.
Driver electric door lock 2012. Been a road warrior for me so far. No Review Date: 14th October, 2009 Wow! I have an '06 9-3 with just under 60k on it. This car has really taken years off my life due to the extreme stress of not having a car, or figuring out how to come up with thousands each time. And the back window seals were really cheap rubber. I got the replaces with metal ones and have never had a problem.
Just click the edit link above to personalize your username. But I forgive all about that when my roof is down, it is a fast and fun car to drive. Maybe I've just had bad luck, but that is my story with my 03 9-3. Currently has 189k+ miles and is still going pretty well all things considering. And I have never had a problem.
Had the car towed 4 times - once it just stopped while driving down the road at 45mph. General Comments: Worse car I have ever owned, I have been drained financially on this car. I would never recommend anyone buy a Saab, unless you are okay with throwing your money and time away on a car that is worth nothing. I never knew a car could cost you everything in the 2 years. Not engine nor trans nor turbo problems but every fucking thing else has been a pain in the ass. I've owned it for over 3 years, but I am beginning to worry a little bit about when the warranty runs out in another year and a half though, after reading your review.
Read about it If you own a Saab, wish you owned a Saab, or just think that Saabs are the coolest cars on the planet, välkommen! The resale value is terrible due to all the negative buzz about Saab. I bought the car used with 24k, and besides having to replace a front spring warranty , the only major service I've had done on it was replacing the fuel line level sender tank indicator showed empty when full. One of my main concerns is the transmission. Mechanicals have been the best part of this car. Electronic locks on doors, go on and off periodically. All of these are more of an inconvenience than anything.
But I guess it depends on who owned it first. I know the og 9-3 manuals aren't the most reliable so how are the 03+ ones. Currently: Water pump is broken, leaking transmission fluid out. Create your own Saab flair! Here is a list of all I had to replace, despite good maintenance and care: Antennae motor 2006. I have read hundreds of owners complaining about the same things. Handling is much more sporty, capable, and enjoyable. Note: Special Coverage 10086 will replace the passenger side seat belt retractor if it fails, free of charge, for the life of the vehicle.