2001 SAAB 9-3 SE Convertible 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland
Not bad... but not good either
I've had this car a year and so far:
- A front wheel bearing has had to be replaced.
- Engine management light came on. Apparently the catalytic converter is running below its optimum efficiency.
This car is nice, but not so nice at the same time. It's got a full cream leather interior, which is lovely and all the creature comforts like climate control, cruise control etc, but to put it bluntly, the dashboard and controls look like they've come straight out of an early 90's Saab 9000, and been just shoved in my car.
The dashboard is dull and clumsy, the buttons for the electric windows (front and back) are all in the centre console between the handbrake and gear stick, and everything feels a bit cheap.
There are also certain things you'd expect to have, like a height adjustable steering wheel, which simply isn't there.
To drive the car is nice. The engine is really quiet, and it cruises nicely on motorways as well as winding country roads. The suspension is quite firm, and it handles roads well, but there's just nothing exciting about the car.
Mine's the convertible, and if you want my advice and can afford to have the choice, go for an Audi or BMW if you're looking for a mid sized soft-top car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th December, 2010
Reading your review, I have to ask... why the hell did you even buy the car if you're so negative about it? Did you test drive it before buying it?
I'll call it a moment of madness. I was blinded by the fact that I wanted a convertible for the summer.
Anyway, I've since sold the car and gone back to Audi. Much better.