2003 SAAB 9-3 SE Convertible 2.0 turbo from North America
Absolutely my best purchase... Ever
Serpentine belt snapped within two weeks of purchase, wasn't under warranty, but they covered it anyways.
Emergency brake broke after 3 months, still haven't fixed it.
Suspension spring broke under driver's side 2 weeks ago, haven't fixed yet.
Pixels distorted on display screen.
Wasn't given a spare key upon purchase and the key was stolen. Cost $1400 for a new key plus a spare.
SAAB emblems on hood and rear are both faded.
Absolutely LOVE this car, despite the few problems I've had thus far. Very fast moving car that still gets very good gas mileage (roughly 28-30). The acceleration from sitting still is also incredible.
The car is also very sporty, but classy at the same time. I get compliments on my car all the time from both strangers and friends.
Handling is generally very good, although winter presents some troubles because of its high performance tires (I use a winter car instead of buying winter tires, which are insanely expensive). Driving over bumpy/pothole filled roads isn't the greatest either, so I tend to avoid them when I can.
Needless to say, the car was definitely worth the money it cost me on account of how fun and nice looking the car is. I do recommend them, although not everyone may like it (but that's just your problem I guess!)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th March, 2011
With all due respect, I wouldn't consider it a "problem" if someone doesn't like or prefer a particular make or model vehicle - it all comes down to preference, and everyone has the right to choose what make & model vehicle they drive.
As for your particular vehicle, I owned a 2003 Saab 9-3 Convertible for 5 years; it was a nice enough car, fantastic seats, decent power, decent handling, good MPG etc. but on the other hand I certainly have owned much better (many of the issues you mention are common to this model - pixels going out, peeling - not fading, emblems) and IMO the Saab 9-3 Convertible was very overpriced new; nearly $43,000 in 2003. It was plagued with cowl shake, a mediocre stereo (so much so that the CD skipped over road irregularities), virtually no rear visibility with the top up, and barely enough room for my 4 year old in the back seat - in fact I sold mine as soon as the warranty ran out. Does that mean to you I have a "problem" based on my 5 years experience?
Please give us updates as you put miles on your Saab, as it will be interesting to see how it is holding up, and if it proves to be reliable over the long run.