2003 SAAB 9-3 Reviews - Page 10 of 21

2003 SAAB 9-3 Linear 2.0t from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0t Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

This is a junk car full of problems with only expensive solutions

Faults:

What has not gone wrong with this car is a more appropriate question.

Maintenance cost on this vehicle is disturbing. The power window mechanism went out and had to be replaced - luckily while still under warranty.

The remote door locks fail and had to be replaced.

The CD player malfunctions with even brand new CDs. The entertainment system can only be replaced by the manufacturer because no other vendors have products that will fit.

The tail lights vibrate loose and have to be readjusted to assure they work.

A part of the emissions went out and had to be replaced that was in excess of $600 to replace.

A part of the wheel mechanisms had to be replaced that cost another $600 plus dollars.

Brakes and rotors wear out too quickly and are extremely expensive to replace - a simple break job can cost in excess of $1000 if completed by the dealer.

The emblems stickers peel off that cost $50 to replace - have had to replace both the front and back emblem sticker - a sticker cost $50 bucks - unbelievable

General Comments:

Don't purchase this car. The original owners of SAAB would be ashamed at the low quality junk General Motors has made of this once fine automoble.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th July, 2007

16th Mar 2011, 13:58

I totally agree! The worst car I have ever owned in my life. No excuse for creating this unreliable hunk of junk.

2003 SAAB 9-3 Linear 2.0t from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0t Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance44000 miles
Previous carSaturn L200

Summary:

Absolutely amazing

Faults:

Dash peeling, everywhere! Fading door handles!

...All replaced under Saab amazing warranty. They'll replace practically anything, no questions asked.

General Comments:

I love this car. I have had it for almost six months, and the new car-ness has yet to wear off. I still get a little high every time I turn the key and start it up, and drive to work/school daily. The handling is fantastic, fuel economy is excellent, key location, interior amenities and styling are awesome, I love this car.

One of the best parts is that it's not a car that everyone has. Sure, everybody has a Camry and a Accord, very few sport a 9-3!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2007

2003 SAAB 9-3 ARC 2.0T from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0T Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous carAcura Integra

Summary:

The perfect mix of performance and luxury

Faults:

I replaced the brakes, both front and rear pads and rotors, new spark plugs, and new oil. But I knew it needed relacing because that is what you GET with a used car... So many people have a hard time with that concept, they think everything is going to be perfect with the car. Well it's used things needed to be replaced after awhile. The ESP light was on when I bought it, was going to go to the dealer, but I decided to investigate it myself. WELL guess what, there was a fuse missing, solved the whole problem, yup, it was that easy people who write bad reviews. I love this car and I would definitely buy another regardless of what bad review writers say about it, I also don't think they should hate the car because their local dealership stole their money. (deal with it and move on)

General Comments:

I love my car better then any bimmer I have driven, and my room mate owns a 2001 325i which is a pile of crap, I told him to get a saab, but he didn't listen, I even smoke him racing, and handling. HAH!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2007

2003 SAAB 9-3 Turbo from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Discovery

Summary:

P.O.S. or nightmare; pick your poison

Faults:

Here's a list of what has gone wrong with this POS Saab...

- Cracked rubber on glove box button, dash controls, inside door handles, gear shift box (2 times at dealer under warranty - still not fixed).

- Saab emblem (both ends) peeling (2 times at dealer under warranty).

- Pops in steering wheel (2 times at dealer under warranty - still not fixed).

- CD player constantly skips (not the CDs, as I have put in brand new CDs) (8 days at dealer under warranty - still not fixed).

- Passenger seat won't adjust (1 time at dealer under warranty).

- Passenger seat belt indicator malfunction (2 times at dealer under warranty - still not fixed).

- Front end undercarriage shield broken (1 time at dealer under warranty).

- Traction control failure (1 time at dealer - not covered under warranty, $200).

- Latest and greatest... traction control failure & gearbox failure, resulting in loss of control while driving (currently at dealer - 490 miles over warranty).

General Comments:

Don't buy a Saab.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th May, 2007

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 64 reviews