2003 SAAB 9-3 Reviews - Page 11 of 21

2003 SAAB 9-3 Linear from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

Would only trade it for an AERO

Faults:

Buttons on radio face were worn out by previous owner. Was replaced by the SAAB dealer under the manufacturer warranty.

6 disc CD player skipped consistently making it inoperable. Was replaced by the SAAB dealer under the manufacturer warranty.

Dash light for the emergency brake has never worked while I have owned it. But I find it a trivial issue and I am not worried about it.

The car is a 5-speed manual. There is a mechanical noise, almost a slipping sound that happens when the car moves the first 20 feet. But after happening it will never happen again, til I turn the car on and off again. SAAB dealer was unable to find a solution.

The rear brake rotors and pads wore out. Which is normal, but the price was higher than most.

As mentioned on a previous post, my front end suspension will make a squeaking sound when it is cold out when going over bumps.

As mentioned on other posts, my emblems wore off. I find it unfortunate, but after replacement. They look better than ever.

General Comments:

The car handles great.

New tires were put on recently and greatly improved the handling and feeling of the car.

The fuel mileage is excellent.

Great passing power on the highway even with the smaller engine.

Love the comments I get from people. It really is a great looking car that doesn't need after-market accessories to get comments.

The car is black and the finish is good.

Comfortable to drive in all weather.

I have been someone who buys a car very frequently and I have not looked for a car in the year that I've owned it.

I have not own a lot of high end cars, but this is the best car I've ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2007

2003 SAAB 9-3 SE Convertible 2.0 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz CLK

Summary:

Superb

Faults:

I had an oil leak under the car that was fixed by dealer.

General Comments:

This is an awesome car. I owned the Mercedes for 5,000 miles and it was in the garage 4 times. The Saab is truly a pleasure to drive and performs very well.

I would buy another one. I do not know why they get bad reliability ratings. They are great cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2007

2003 SAAB 9-3 Linear 1.8T from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8T Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9-3

Summary:

It ticks all the boxes: safe, quick, roomy, comfortable and reliable

Faults:

Stereo unit was replaced after about a year... radio was occasionally losing stations.

No other problems.

General Comments:

I've now owned 2 9-3's, a 5 door previous model and a sports saloon (150bhp) since 2003. I've enjoyed both, but particularly the current car which is strong, safe, quick and comfortable. I'm now changing to an estate, but sadly don't like the sportswagon's design that much and the 9-5 is getting a bit long in the tooth. So instead, I'm buying a BMW 3 series touring. The Saab has set a high standard in terms of my satisfaction as a driver, without any compromise to the safety or comfort of passengers or cargo. It has also been as reliable as a clock and, by the common consensus of many friends, is a handsome car to look at. So now I'll get to find out first hand if the BMW is worthy of the critics acclaim, or if it's simply a case of the emperor's clothes. It will have to do very well to push the sports saloon into second place in my affections.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2007

2003 SAAB 9-3 SE Convertible 2.0 turbo (205hp) from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo (205hp) Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Most recent distance32775 miles
Previous carJeep Liberty

Summary:

Reliable, well-built, quick and comfortable

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The Saab 9-3 convertible is a sleek, stylish, quick well-engineered car.

I have driven 10 hours non-stop, & could've kept going had I not reached my destination, as this is one comfortable ride - smooth, quiet, well-controlled.

The power & acceleration is absolutely outstanding.

The handling prowess rivals Audi, & even the RWD BMWs.

Interior quality and control layout is second to none, as is the overall fit & finish of the vehicle.

The folding soft top is an absolute work of art & fine engineering.

The SE features a great sound system, and the weather band is a nice touch.

Contrary to what others have stated, I've found the Saab's reliability to be excellent.

Fuel economy is also remarkable - over 20 MPG in town & 26-27 MPG highway.

Equally important has been the wonderful dealer service.

For those looking for a well-engineered high-line convertible, and wanting something just a bit unique, the Saab 9-3 might be just the car.

You will be amazed at the power & handling of the 9-3.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2006

23rd Sep 2006, 12:27

As a Saab 9-3 owner, I agree. Great power, handling, comfort & reliability.

11th Oct 2006, 08:49

I'm amazed at the compliments I get from strangers on my 9-3 Convertible too. They usually tell me what I already know - What a wonderful car!!!

22nd Mar 2009, 19:14

The 2003 Saab SE convertible is probably highest quality Saab ever. No mechanical problems in sight. The value/price of this model is amazing- as a used vehicle. Saab finally "finished" the 9-3 SE in 2003, making what consumer reports shows as the highest rated Saab available. Simply an incredible machine.

23rd Mar 2009, 22:07

I am the original reviewer - I still love my Saab, and it continues to be very reliable.

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