1998 SAAB 9-3 Review from North America

1998 SAAB 9-3 S coupe 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles

Summary:

Great car and one of a kind, but beware of unexpected problems

Faults:

The head gasket blew out at 76,000 miles.

The climate control unit and knobs have broken twice.

The S.I.D. display has become so fuzzy that it can't be read.

A sleeve on 5th gear broke, as well as the slave cylinder and throw-out bearing.

There seems to be an excessive amount of corrosion on the undercarriage of the car.

General Comments:

Even though I am the third owner of this car it was in immaculate condition and came with a full Saab service history when I purchased it. It has had a few strange and major problems within the last 10,000 miles which turned out to be rather pricey.

Despite all of the headaches, this car is still exciting to drive. There is no other car that feels like it.

The steering is questionable, the shifter is a little sloppy and the handling leaves something to be desired, but once the turbo spools up all of the imperfections are forgotten.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st October, 2003

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 1 review