2000 SAAB 9-3 2.0 LPT from UK and Ireland
Stylish, comfortable and refined, but at a price
Took it for a service when bought it. Was told battery, turbo clip and exhaust are on their way out. Nothing urgent though, so replaced them gradually during the rest of the year.
On next service (2 month ago) I was told that suspension is on the way out, and head gasket may start leaking in the next couple of years. Not sure about the correctness of second assessment and am going to leave it for now, but will replace suspension in the next few months.
Pixels on display fading intermittently every now an d then.
I'm quite happy with this car. Running cost is quite high, especially if you go to main dealer. Even independent specialists are quite dear. But it's worth it, it's a quality car after all. The engine -even the entry level 154bhp version I have- I absolutely brilliant, really smooth, refined and powerful both in highway cruising and in town.
I suspect that reliability wouldn't be on par with japanese cars or a ford, but it's a SAAB :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th March, 2007