2002 SAAB 9-3 Reviews - Page 5 of 5

2002 SAAB 9-3 Vector 2.0t petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0t petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance17500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Bora

Summary:

More special than a 3 series

Faults:

Ignition failure combined with steering lock failure, dealer helpful, problem solved so far.

Occasional rattle which dealer did rectified.

General Comments:

Excellent performance.

Amazingly comfortable with smart interior.

Get body kit and optional 18" wheels and it looks a million dollars!

2.0t does use fuel... big time!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2004

2002 SAAB 9-3 2.0t 2.0LPT from Singapore

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0LPT Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired59 kilometres
Most recent distance2000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Primera

Summary:

A great way to drive!

Faults:

The front suspension bushing made noise when going over speed bumps. This was fixed somewhat by replacing it with the silicon version. Still hearing some sound.

Poorly fitted (locally) leather and wood effect in all areas of the car. Mostly fixed.

Lots of rattling and buzzing sounds coming from the doors. Probably due to the poor workmanship of the local fitters. Agent is hopelessly incompetent and cannot even fixed the noise after attempting to do so for 3 times already.

General Comments:

The car is brilliant. Lots of torque throughout and no turbo lag. It handles very well on straight roads and round corners, assisted by the Traction Control System, Cornering Braking Control, and Rear Passive Steering.

Full of advanced electronics and automotive gadgets. Like the optical network used for the audio system. Electronic key-less entry and engine starting, which acts as a security check for the audio system as well.

Many features are programmable through the SAAB TECH2 car computer.

The only let down is the local agent. Not only are they not sure of the new car features, they also try to pass off problems as "normal"! Outrageous!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2003

29th Sep 2003, 20:05

Hi, it's nice to read a fellow Singaporean's review here, especially on my latest favorite car, i.e. the Saab 9-3.

I've been doing a lot of research on this car and what I can say is that what you're expereincing is very common and expected among fellow Saab 9-3 owners, especially on the rattling noise from the doors. Saab dealers around the world don't seem to be able to fix this problem yet. Another common fault appears to be the car stalling when making a full steering turn. Have you experience this yet?

Also, I can understand your frustration on the dealers inability to solve your problem. I also find a lot of dealers in Singapore rather incompetent when it come to problems in continental cars.

Well, right now, I've put off buying this car until qualities improve, hopefully in 1 year's time. Otherwise, I should be getting the new Volvo S40.

2002 SAAB 9-3 Aero 2.0 HOT from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 HOT Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance5000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Unusual, amazing value and very quick

Faults:

Nothing really.

Two small rattles to be found, and there's a bit of wind noise through the driver door seal.

All will be attended to at its first service at 6000 miles.

General Comments:

Fantastic car, 205bhp is quick, at times too quick. This model (and the Viggen) is legendary for torque steer, so at times there's a problem getting power to the road. But a lot of one's time is spent looking in the rear view mirror seeing if the car behind or next to you has actually started moving from the lights yet.

In the dry one really doesn't have to try hard to get this car to move; in the wet it's a little more tricky, though. 1st has to be taken with care, 2nd can cause lateral movement if pressed hard, even third can cause an eyebrow raise...

I imported this model into the UK directly from a dealer in Sweden, saving a huge amount, and for the price I paid, it's a huge amount of car with lots of standard equipment - about 2/3rds of the price I'd have had to pay for a similar spec BMW or Audi.

This model is being replaced now by the '9-3 Sports Saloon' which, having tested just this afternoon, is a much better car, amazing chassis indeed. I'll be changing mine within 6-12 months, I would say - again for the Aero, or maybe a special version from the Saab specialist tuners Abbott Racing.

But in general, it's fantastic, everyone asks me about it, the boot is simply huge, and Saab's seats are the most comfortable available, in my opinion.

I'm not having another car in black though...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2002

3rd Jan 2003, 10:33

Err... what's wrong with black? =P.

I agree the 93SS compared to the skittish 93 is a revelation. Outside of the UK, the suspension has been favourably compared to the 3 series and the c-class. Having driven all of them, I'd have to agree. Too bad it does look rather bland. It is an excellent car.. too bad it isn't an excellent Saab.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 14 reviews