1999 SAAB 9-3 Reviews - Page 3 of 13

1999 SAAB 9-3 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

I haven't quite bonded with this car yet?

Faults:

Info display says fill coolant fluid - has been on for several days because I have not been able to fill it yet. Yesterday, check engine light came on. Could these two messages be related?

General Comments:

Don't like it as much as my 95 9000!!! But unfortunately, I "lost it" in a bad ice storm.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th July, 2009

1999 SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2.0 turbo standard from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo standard Automatic
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired148000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carFord Expedition

Faults:

Bought car in immaculate condition, and reviewed service records; like clock work, serviced every 5K miles.

Only thing I can say bad about it - was the driver's seat needing repair. So, having it repaired with seat matching on color with local vendor (Fibrenew) ($350).

Everybody thinks the car is new and was garage kept.

I put new Yokohamas on it and a Harman Kardon interface.

Things changed during its service history:

SID unit.

AC compressor.

Front struts.

Rear shocks.

DI cassette.

Serpentine belt (twice).

Brake job (twice).

Other things are normal service like filters and oil changes.

So now that I found this site - I will only pray that I will not fall under the gun with the QA/Engineering defects. I bought the car based on the history and quality/engineering legacy of SAAB.

I have only had car for 1 month. Going to make sure I use synthetic oil and baby it. I love the looks of this thing with the top down, and it is in fabulous condition.

Pics of the thing are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28063509@N08/sets/72157606573435080/

Hoping I am lucky - not holding my breath.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd September, 2008

3rd Sep 2008, 15:53

Good luck with your Saab.

My 9-3 Convertible has been the best car I've owned.

1999 SAAB 9-3 turbo from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission turbo Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

Will not buy another one

Faults:

Muffler rot at 40,000 miles - $650.00

DI cassette replaced at 70,000 - $600.00

ABS/speed sensor module needs to be replaced at 74,000 - $2000.00.

General Comments:

Car is fun to drive, quick and handles good.

Car is good on gas mileage

However, the car is not a quite ride, you can hear all road noise. Seats are not comfortable on a long drive.

The most expensive parts to replaced went out before 80,000 miles.

DI cassette 600.00

ABS/speed sensor module 2000.00

Muffler replaced 650.00

Problems with warning lights check engine, asb, brakes keep coming on. Even though after having checked by dealer no problems found???

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th April, 2008

1999 SAAB 9-3 S Convertible 2.0L from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

I love it, it's different

Faults:

Oil filtration tray.

Check engine light comes on.

Uneven tyre wear (front)

General Comments:

The car looks fabulous in cosmic blue, tan leather interior, 4 spoke alloys.

It's fantastic on a summers day, it seats 4 comfortably.

It's nice with the hood on, but a different car all-together with the hood down, a real headturner.

Winter is a different story, on a windy day it's like driving a tent on wheels with the buffeting.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd January, 2008

1999 SAAB 9-3 SE 2.0 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carJeep TJ

Summary:

Love driving it beautiful car, but wouldn't buy another one

Faults:

Convertible top hydraulic rams, Inside door panel loose, belt tension-er, headlight wiper, automatic door locks, engine sensors $$$.

General Comments:

Great car to drive! Costs money to operate!

Dealer has zero knowledge how to repair this car and parts department has zero idea when ordering parts.

If you buy this car make sure you live in a city that has a good Saab mechanic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd November, 2007

1999 SAAB 9-3 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 miles
Most recent distance93700 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Classy, understated car!

Faults:

One of the headlamps bulbs has gone!

General Comments:

I've never really been all that interested in cars, and to be honest was a little resentful about the prospect of parting with my hard-earned cash for a commuting vehicle - especially as most of the cars in my price range (Focuses, Golfs) are fairly bland looking. That's why I am still delighted with my Saab 9-3.

I've had the car for 3 months now and it's been great. I think it's a really classy and cool car in an understated, slightly sophisticated way! As a guy in my late 20's, I always cringe when I see office worker/executive types flying around in old BMW's thinking they're the business! The SAAB is much cooler and far less ostentatious, which is why I like it so much.

It's extremely comfortable and people always comment on its roominess. I haven't had any problems with it mechanically so far at all and it always starts first time. It also feels safe and sturdy. I've also been pleasantly surprised as it's pretty economical considering its 2L petrol engine. It gives and extremely smooth and quiet ride, but the engine can really pack a punch as well.

I'd struggle to say anything bad about the car (so far anyway!) Perhaps it doesn't always handle all that well, though unless you're planning to rally it, this shouldn't be a huge concern!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2007

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