SAAB is the thinking man's high performance luxury sedan
Unlike my previous Saab ('95 900S convertible), which this car replaced, mechanical issues have been few and far between.
Rotors, brakes, and as of this writing, AM radio went out.
Both engine and trunk bonnet badges were faded and replaced.
Maintenance to date on this car has been routine and CHEAP! No one is more surprised and pleased than me that SAAB can be mechanically reliable over the long haul thus far.
Yes, the "check engine" light shows up out of no where, but after a day or so, it goes away.
My excellent SAAB/Volvo guy; a guy I made rich on my 900S over the previous 10 years I drove it, does his recommended scheduled maintenance on my 9-3, and assures me all is well.
This car is driven on long road trips, as well as Los Angeles rush hour grid lock, and yet no drama.. thus far.
The car looks like my 900S; a very attractive car, top up or down.
I added a performance exhaust system Magnaflow just to add some baritone to the engine note, and a K&H air filter system.
My commute to and from work is against traffic, and at normal highway speed, say 70 mph, it's about 40 minutes. In my case I make it in about 25-30, because once on the freeway in the fast lane, I safely cruise at autobahn speed with few if any rear view mirror incursions.
Why SAAB? SAAB is the East Coast BMW. I am an Easterner living in Los Angeles, where everyone has/wants a BMW; in other words, it's a cliche.
SAAB until recently were few and far between. Now in the age of recession, SAAB has come full circle; a high performance luxury sedan at a fraction of the cost overall vis a vis BMW, AKA Big Money Wasted.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th October, 2010