1999 SAAB 9-3 SE 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland
Happily driving my son back to university, and the car started making an awful sound from the engine. I pulled over, and as I did, the car stopped. I turned the engine over and the noise was worse, and car would not start up again. Got towed to my local garage, and they informed me that my engine had seized up. I needed to have a new engine. It has been very difficult to purchase a 2nd hand or reconditioned engine.
Saab now have my car, and are putting in the replacement engine. I have been in contact with Saab UK and the dealership where I bought my car from in 2006; they are not interested, and are not admitting that there is a problem with these cars. Don't know where to go from here. I feel they should bear the cost. I am very disappointed in Saab's customer service, or lack of it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th June, 2007
14th Jun 2007, 08:04
Should have stuck with the Volvo! If I had a choice, I would drive the Volvo any day - very reliable cars (I'm on my 2nd)
20th Jun 2009, 14:33
I love my Volvo 850! It's my first car and I LOVE it!!! Put a few hundred into it, but it has 150,000.
7th Oct 2010, 04:53
I've seen quite a few SAAB 9-3 turbo's for sale needing engine replacements. What did GM do to screw up these cars? Is it caused by a sudden oil leak or by a blown head gasket? There's 4 nearby Volvo specialist garages, and another that works on European cars, and they all refuse to work on Saab's, what gives?. Heck even the local SAAB dealer didn't want to service Saab's that are more than 8 years old. Before anybody buys a used Saab, they should find a good Saab mechanic.