SAAB 9-3 Reviews from South Africa

2001 SAAB 9-3 SE Convertible 2.0 litre petrol

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired179000 kilometres
Most recent distance188000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Ballade

Summary:

Fabulous. The best car I've ever had or am likely to have

Faults:

Head gasket blew shortly after purchase; said to be stretched head bolts.

Wear on convertible top caused when the top is down, which it is most of the time.

General Comments:

This red convertible is one serious looker and long distance cruiser, with plenty of power when required.

With our climate we can use it all year round. The heater is excellent for those few cold days we get, and we generally only use it at weekends if it's dry.

The only negative is the scuttle shake on really bad roads. Better since we swopped the 17 inch wheels with low profile tyres for a set of 16 inch wheels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2013

2001 SAAB 9-3 SE 2.0 HPT

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 HPT Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance84000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Laguna

Summary:

Great performance, well built spacious family saloon

Faults:

I have only added 4000 km since I bought this car, and have only 1 negative comment - The right front wheel/shock squeaks when going over a small bump. This has been checked and no solution could be found, or what causes this noise. Some think that it is the rubber cover on the shock that rubs against the shock when compressing.

General Comments:

This is one of the best performing family saloons available. It goes from zero to very fast in no time.

The handling is excellent, except when flooring the pedal - the front wheels lose grip and steering fades. This makes for exciting driving. The finish is excellent and the cargo area holds more than enough luggage. The seating and head-space is great - I am 6 ft 4 and there is still space to spare.

The only changes I would like to see are: Improved adjustments for the steering wheel and rear split seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2005

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews