1999 SAAB 9-3 S 2.0T from North America
Fast, fun, unique and sturdy... what more could you want?
Water pump failed at 90K, I replaced it for $130.
Rear shocks were leaking, all shocks and struts replaced w adjustable Koni dampers and lowering springs. I did this myself for a cost of ~$800.
Rear muffler rusted through at 90K. Replaced with stainless steel factory sport exhaust.
Fan speed knob broke off...$10 part to fix.
I wish my 9-5 Aero was as reliable and tough as this old girl.
The Aero is faster and handles well, but the 9-3 with the upgraded suspension is a hoot and scoots along pretty quickly!
These cars have lots of performance potential and require a strict maintenance regimen (full synthetic oil and good filters every 4K or so). But they are long lived and pretty tough.
Interior quality leaves plenty to be desired, but the seats are comfortable and leather.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th September, 2007