I love it, it's an awesome car if you can afford it. It's not for the cheap people!! SAAB forever
I bought my first car, which was my first SAAB Linear 9-3 Sport Sedan.
Let's start off by saying why buy a luxury car if you don't have money to afford to keep up with maintenance?
You would have to invest the same with a BMW, AUDI or LEXUS, which one of them might be more reliable.
A SAAB is a driver's car. It's not a drive me until I can't spin my wheels anymore; if that's your case, get a Kia then.
I spent about 5,600$ in maintenance after purchasing my Saab 9-3 from a used dealership... Like always, those used dealerships sell you cars that are unreliable from the moment they just figure out how to get the check engine light off, until you drive off with your purchase, when the check engine light comes back on.
So my first day I bought the car, it needed regular maintenance; disk brakes, rotors, new tires, new things under the hood.
At 115,000 the alternator gave up. It cost me 600$ to fix.
An oil leak; they had to drop the transmission from the car to fix the leak, which it ran me 1,850$ for the 2 times that they dropped the transmission for the oil leaks. I decided to swap mechanics because the other ones didn't do good. Well at 100,000k miles cars tend to need big parts replaced. Just because the car costs 7,000$ or 5,000$, doesn't mean you're free of maintenance cost.
I bought it because it's a good looker and they don't look cheap. So I fixed up my car (no check engine light), kept it for one year and sold it because I liked it SO much I decided to buy a 2006 Aero Convertible 20th Edition V6 250 horsepower (0-62 in 6.9 seconds).
All you people who are looking for low maintenance cars; well Saab isn't your type of car, if that's what you're looking for. Once again, get an American car, or get a Kia if that's what you want. They are there for people to use if you just want any car... A SAAB isn't just any car... it requires much more. That, only SAAB enthusiasts understand.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th February, 2013