2000 SAAB 9-3 Reviews - Page 7 of 12

2000 SAAB 9-3 SE 2.0 turbo from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Distance when acquired88680 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles

Summary:

Never had problems until now

Faults:

I love this car. I bought this car early last year 2006. I really never had any major problems with it. I've maintained it very well. Until just recently about 2 weeks ago.

I went home for lunch from work. The car was working perfectly fine at this point. Then, as I'm leaving to go back to work, it doesn't want to turn on (I didn't leave any lights on in the car at all, nothing left open etc). I get a jump and right away it starts like normal. Didn't think nothing of it. No more problems, so I thought, until 2 days later.

My car wouldn't start unless I got a jump, so I did and now my car shut off as I was driving. That happened twice. I got it towed, also twice that day.

The place I took it to get checked out, swore it was the battery. Got a new battery and nope, not the problem, because the exact same thing is still happening. I asked if it could be anything else fuel system etc. they said they checked everything, whole electrical system and everything looked good.

So now my car is sitting at home and I have no idea what the problem can be. I want to take it to the Saab dealership, but I know that's going to cost me an arm & a leg. If anyone else has any idea what this problem may be, please contact me asap. Email: nioce1120@yahoo.com

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2007

23rd Jun 2007, 09:18

Maybe check the alternator?.. if the battery is new.

23rd Jun 2007, 21:06

Definately check the Alternator. If you can remove it yourself, you can take it in and have it tested for free at some auto supply stores like Advance Auto, Oreillys, Pepboys, It sounds to me like the alternator!!!

13th Oct 2007, 00:48

Mine is a 1999 with 108k on it. The exact same thing happen to my car a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was the battery, so I put in a new one. One week later, the battery died. I took it to my mechanic, and he didn't see anything wrong with it and the alternator is charging fine. He asked me to leave the car with him for a few days for a thorough check up. I need the car everyday, so haven't done it yet. In the meantime, I use a battery booster to jump start the car. Once it starts, it runs for a few days. I am trying to research this issue online to get an idea. If I find out anything that sounds right, I will come back and post it. Good luck.

2000 SAAB 9-3 Aero 2.0 HOT from UK and Ireland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 HOT Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Brilliant performance bargain!!

Faults:

Nothing at all has gone wrong with this car.

Deceptively quick car.

Ultimate street sleeper.

Very practical car, usable boot, rear seating and front seating.

Ergonomics are great.

Seats are unrivalled!!

General Comments:

Where do I start? I'm a young male with some cash burning a hole in my pocket. I want something fairly quick, but cant be too lairy due to nature of my job needing me to look like I am a normal individual, as opposed to a boy racer.

Looking through the Autotrader, I came across this Saab 93 AeroHOT. I thought why not? The bhp figure seems ok (205) and it's known as a sensible executive car, and totally different from the usual BMW and Merc offerings that people my age are all trying to buy.

I saw it at the dealership and was impressed. From certain angles the car looks very average and mundane. However there are other angles which make you stop and look twice. Love it!

However what you would love even more is the driving experience! Yes I know everywhere you read about how it's got so much torque steer, and how it is not class leading when it comes to handling. But the fact that no one looks at it with any kind of fear is great when you smoke them off the lights! 0-60 just under 7 seconds is not bad for a car of this type. Not many other cars can keep up with it, gears 3 & 4 are automotive orgasms! The thrust and the speedo needle rushing round the counter to catch up with the rev counter needle is intoxicating! All whilst sitting in leather heated seats!

In all honesty NW London roads mean you wont ever have the chance to push the handling to the limits, therefore it is a very good car to drive.

Fuel wise it is not too bad if driven sensibly, but the urge to whip past cars can leave you seeing 19mpg on the computer screen! Gulp!

I just love to see the faces of people when they look at your car in awe and shock, and realise they got owned!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2007

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 30 reviews