SAAB 9-3 Reviews from Norway

2004 SAAB 9-3 2.0t Vector Cabriolet 2.0 turbo 200hp

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo 200hp Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired116500 kilometres
Most recent distance123000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9-3

Summary:

People who test drive a SAAB usually buy one

Faults:

Fuel gauge gave wrong indications, common problem on the 9-3. Changed sensors in the fuel tank, about £250.

General Comments:

Very good car, works just as good in winter as summer.

Good spec, very good value for money compared to other similar cars. Safest convertible tested in 2004 according to wikipedia.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2011

2003 SAAB 9-3 2.0t SE 2.0 tubo

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 tubo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance90875 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Unlike any other

Faults:

85.000km - Vibration at speeds over 100 kmh. Probably due to chip upgrade, which increases hp/torque from 150hp/240nm to 215hp/342nm.

Left rear electric window inoperative when bought. Have not had it fixed yet.

General Comments:

The 2 litre turbo engine (B205E) is very good. It's torque peaks @ 1800rpm, compared to 3-4000 rpm on my previously owned BMW. I've had it chip-tuned to increase the power and torque, and the car is now faster than a 2.5 Porsche Boxster in a straight line. Unfortunately, the suspension and handling is poor. Very poor. Get me right though, it's safe meaning that if you push the line it'll just under-steer a lot, but the car is incapable of being driven fast on curvy roads. To much body-roll, and too soft suspension. Build quality is good, secondhand value is not.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2007

6th Apr 2008, 16:59

I wrote this review. The car has now covered 102 000km. At 91 000 km, the front suspension was upgraded, and the vibration is now gone. I've also upgraded the brakes, to EBC discs/pads. The original brakes doesn't like heat very much, and they'll start fading.

6th Mar 2012, 09:09

Thanks for your review! I just bought a 2000 9-3 with the 150 hp 2.0 turbo, and I love it!! Could you tell me where you got your chip tuning done? I can only find solutions for diesel, not gas... :( Thanks!

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews