1999 SAAB 9-3 Reviews - Page 13 of 13

1999 SAAB 9-3 2.0i Convertible 2.0i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance7000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000 CDi

Summary:

A classy, practical convertible, fit for all seasons

Faults:

Nothing apart from a squeak from the passenger seat, which was fixed at the time of servicing.

General Comments:

The car is lovely, it was brought as an import, last year. It's a real eye catcher, but is useful and practical too, unlike most convertibles which have no rear seats, or a shoe box for a boot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2000

1999 SAAB 9-3 SE Turbo Convertible 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carMazda MX5

Summary:

Definitely for cruising on sunny days

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Cracking 185bhp allows for very safe overtaking anywhere over 50mph - comfort and safety on the motorway making long journeys a pleasure.

Soft suspension makes for wallowing on country roads but the whir of the turbo brings a grin to your face everytime.

Deceptively big boot space, ample for weekend kit plus golf clubs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2000

1999 SAAB 9-3 Viggen Convertible 2.3 HOT Turbo from Sweden

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.3 HOT Turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance5000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000 CSE 2.3 Turbo

Summary:

Stunning performance and reasonable practicality too!

Faults:

Absolutely nothing so far.

General Comments:

Supremely quick. Head turning looks. Very few cars on the road match its mid-range performance. A genuine pleasure to own and drive although can be a bit hairy on wet roads!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2000

1999 SAAB 9-3 SE 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 2.0
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

The alarm horn short circuited within a few weeks, and I still get random messages on the computer saying 'service theft alarm'. It needed 2 new shocks at the back to 'cure' a clonking from the rear.... it didn't and it still clonks like something is loose.

General Comments:

Generally OK, disappointed with performance, particularly with the climate control on and I don't think the build quality is all it's cracked up to be. I like the car's character and I don't think there is another car in the world with such comfortable seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 1999

1999 SAAB 9-3 SE LPT Convertible 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 2.0
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

Beautiful car, very comfortable and nice to drive. I previously owned the 900SE Convertible, which was also absolutely trouble free, but the 9-3 has many small improvements, and a welcome increase of power in the mid range.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 1999

1999 SAAB 9-3 SE Convertible lpt 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 2.0
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Virually nothing. Actually nothing at all so far.

General Comments:

Being a convertible it's a bit prone to vibration on braking or on rough roads but a very smooth car otherwise. Excellent seating, dash (including a night setting which switches off everything bar the speedo), climate control system & security system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 1999

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 51 reviews