2003 SAAB 9-3 Reviews - Page 5 of 21

2003 SAAB 9-3 from Netherlands

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler Sebring Sedan

Summary:

Excellent car, overall

Faults:

Air blower broken at 96000km.

Mediocre seats tissue.

Very sensitive paint on the dashboard, easily peeling off.

General Comments:

Excellent car.

Low on gas on the highway.

Excellent outside view.

Silent engine (1.8t).

That green dashboard is fantastic!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2009

2003 SAAB 9-3 Vector 2.2 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Still a great looking car, but shame about the hassle that goes with ownership!!

Faults:

Engine light came on - diagnosed as EGR valve problem. This was replaced, and 2 years later the problem has come back.

Intercooler replaced - MPG increased significantly, but has dropped back again.

Driver's door lock failed - replaced, but can't control central locking from driver's door any longer.

Windows (usually rear) open on their own when the car is parked. Intermittent, but has not happened for a while.

SID warned for 12 months of rear brake light failure, when this was not the case.

All control panel lights (SID, Dash, A/C) at full brightness, and unable to turn them down. A/C not working, Radio/CD not working - had to remove SID fuse to re-set.

Central locking failed 5 times - had to use manual key to get into the car.

Passenger seat started to smoke and burn when the heat is turned on.

General Comments:

Love the car - it's by far the most comfortable I've had.

It's such a shame that so many things have gone wrong with it.

Am looking to change the car within the next 12 months, and whilst I love the Saab 93, I'm not sure I want the hassle of owning another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd October, 2009

17th Jan 2010, 11:17

Have a Saab 9-3 2004.

Have owned it for about 2 1/2 years, engine light also comes on regularly. Also had to change intercooler, and central locking not working at all.

Lovely car to drive, but very unsatisfied with the reliability, and the dealership have not wanted to know.

Owned 3 Hondas previously, and had no problems at all with reliability.

2003 SAAB 9-3 Arc 2.0T from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0T Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carDodge Neon

Summary:

A beautiful sport sedan with questionable reliability, and expensive to repair

Faults:

Major problems.

New driver side window assembly; $400 at 55000.

New rebuilt transmission; $4000 at 65000.

General Comments:

When I brought my Red 9-3, I knew what I was getting into. A beautiful sport sedan with questionable reliability, expensive to repair, with nice options and very good safety features.

I love the way the car handles, it is very tight.

I read the reviews before I bought my car and everyone was either very happy or very mad about their 9-3. Probably because it is the first year of that model. So I was hoping that I was not buying a lemon. I am happy with my purchase, but replacing the transmission really hurt.

Pros:

Its looks

Its fuel economy

Its power

Its room (big trunk too)

Cons:

Repair costs

Resale value

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2009

2003 SAAB 9-3 Linear 2.0t from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0t Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Most responsive car I have ever driven... best of the best!!

Faults:

Front window got stuck in the track, causing the regulator to break.

Engine oil was pushing into the power steering fluid, causing it to leak out of the power steering fill. Replaced power steering pump (under warranty).

Front wheel bearing, causing misc dash warning lights to come on.

For some reason the headlight bulbs don't last very long.

Both front strut bearings.

Left hand sway bar link.

Might need to replace radiator because there may be coolant fluid inside of the transmission (oh dear).

Every now and then, my "stability light" failure comes on and then goes away; same with the OnStar.

Very hazy headlights only after 60k miles.

Driver's heated seat fuse keeps blowing out.

Driver's seat will not stay in the jacked up position, will slowly need to be jacked up again.

Driver's seat makes a clicking noise when accelerating, or cornering.

Paint on dashboard peeling.

Rubber on top of key peeling off.

General Comments:

Despite any problems I have had with this car, I love it. It has a launch package, which includes 17" sport wheels and sport suspension. It handles amazing, like nothing I have ever seen.

This car is very comfortable and I love every feature it has. There is 175 HP, but it feels like 250. The road noise is minimum, and it is much fun to drive on the highway. You would never know what speed you are going, 120 mph feels like I'm going about 70.

I love Saab's, and I would recommend this car to everyone who wants an affordable sports car.

The most responsive car ever, best fuel economy for the power this car has.

Rock on Saab, live on...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2009

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