SAAB 9-3 Review from United Arab Emirates

2004 SAAB 9-3 Linear 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance123000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 850

Summary:

Reliable

Faults:

HVAC blower fan died at 115,000km.

CD player died at 80,000.

Suspension starting to knock over large bumps/ speed humps.

General Comments:

This car has been the most reliable I have ever owned.

The temperature here in Dubai is about 46c for 3 months of the year, sometimes reaching 50c on the freeways. I have never seen the temperature needle move, and the A/C has never been above number 3.

It feels like the engine and transmission will last for years to come. The paint still shines, and all of the electrics work. I feel blessed.

I have the car serviced every 10,000km at the only Saab dealer in town; this is where my problems lie. Customer service is minimal, but the work seems to be well done.

I can highly recommend this car for its sheer indestructibility, and its stability and refinement at 160km/h.

If only the seats were more comfortable for the long journeys and the cabin plastics were of a higher grade, then I would keep this car until it finally dies.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2011

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review