2002 SAAB 9-3 2.0t 2.0LPT
A great way to drive!
The front suspension bushing made noise when going over speed bumps. This was fixed somewhat by replacing it with the silicon version. Still hearing some sound.
Poorly fitted (locally) leather and wood effect in all areas of the car. Mostly fixed.
Lots of rattling and buzzing sounds coming from the doors. Probably due to the poor workmanship of the local fitters. Agent is hopelessly incompetent and cannot even fixed the noise after attempting to do so for 3 times already.
The car is brilliant. Lots of torque throughout and no turbo lag. It handles very well on straight roads and round corners, assisted by the Traction Control System, Cornering Braking Control, and Rear Passive Steering.
Full of advanced electronics and automotive gadgets. Like the optical network used for the audio system. Electronic key-less entry and engine starting, which acts as a security check for the audio system as well.
Many features are programmable through the SAAB TECH2 car computer.
The only let down is the local agent. Not only are they not sure of the new car features, they also try to pass off problems as "normal"! Outrageous!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th May, 2003
Hi, it's nice to read a fellow Singaporean's review here, especially on my latest favorite car, i.e. the Saab 9-3.
I've been doing a lot of research on this car and what I can say is that what you're expereincing is very common and expected among fellow Saab 9-3 owners, especially on the rattling noise from the doors. Saab dealers around the world don't seem to be able to fix this problem yet. Another common fault appears to be the car stalling when making a full steering turn. Have you experience this yet?
Also, I can understand your frustration on the dealers inability to solve your problem. I also find a lot of dealers in Singapore rather incompetent when it come to problems in continental cars.
Well, right now, I've put off buying this car until qualities improve, hopefully in 1 year's time. Otherwise, I should be getting the new Volvo S40.