2000 SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2.0 turbo
Overpriced toy for the rich
Engine started to clatter after almost not starting one morning when the temperature dipped below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Paid $250 to my mechanic to find out that my engine is toast; 10 psi compression on cylinder #1 while 170 - 190 on all other cylinders. Optic scope shows oil in cylinder #1 and fouled plug. I have had oil problems since the high-temperature vacuum hose collapsed and split. (I replaced it with the Saab kit; $200 for the kit, $200 to have it installed.)
One of the lifters for the convertible top is leaking, the part alone costs $500.
I have had it with Saab... there are only three dealers in my area, two are within 10 miles, the other is 30 miles away. I have terrible experiences at both of the local dealers by over-pricing and poor service. I am getting $1000 as a trade-in and going back to a GM product. At least I can get parts at reasonable cost and have a choice of dealers.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd January, 2011
12th Jan 2012, 01:38
The 2000 Saabs were GMs.
12th Jan 2012, 22:50
I am far from rich and my cars aren't toys - but I owned a 2003 Saab 9-3 Convertible for 5 years and it was a great car. BTW - It cost me $17,000 off lease in 2006 with only 30,000 miles on it. I think it was quite a deal considering what that $17,000 would have got me in a new car.
For me the Saab was the way to go, although the cowl shake was annoying - Something my much less expensive Sebring Convertible does not suffer from.
13th Jan 2012, 08:34
Here's a tip: Stop going to dealers for out of warranty work. Find a good mechanic that will do much better on parts and labor for your SAAB. Also, you should always get a second opinion if you think you are being taken on a large repair such as an engine. Do more research and see if your problem is a common one, and what others have experienced and how much they have paid. You are posting on here, so use the Internet to your advantage. I have saved a lot of money and time doing quick research online. When I had a SAAB, I joined a SAAB forum, and got many questions answered immediately when I needed to find information.