2003 SAAB 9-3 Reviews - Page 6 of 21

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

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.2 TiD turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carFord Cougar

Summary:

In general I'm happy with the car, but I'm a bit frustrated that it could have been a lot better

Faults:

Seat has sagged at the bolster on the driver's side.

Cup holder broken off.

CD not ejecting.

Drivers side mirror problems (seems that the mounting that holds the glass to fixing is broken, which results in a loss of movement).

General Comments:

More power than expected, and handles well.

Road noise is high.

Interior squeaks.

Poor build quality.

Paint is coming off some plastics inside the car; on switches for example.

THIS CAR HAS THE WORST STEREO KNOWN TO MAN!!!!! Every car I've ever owned has had a better stereo than this. BTW, I have the 4 speaker version, I couldn't believe when I heard it for the first time, the sound quality is a joke.

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

Review Date: 6th March, 2009

2003 SAAB 9-3 Linear 2.0 turbo from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired18500 miles
Most recent distance59000 miles
Previous carNissan Frontier

Summary:

This car is the nicest looking, unreliable car you will ever own

Faults:

New amp x2.

Peeling knobs on heaters.

Faded door handles.

Driver's side door fails and needs to go to the dealership to "reattach" the linkage inside the door. x3

Broken door lock on driver's side.

Brakes (I suppose this is normal wear and tear).

Broken spring on front driver's side, which took out the tire.

Failed cabin fan requiring the glove box to come out and a resistor to be replaced. Why isn't this a fuse???

One way valve in exhaust failed and needed replacement.

Leaking air intake, causing all interior carpeting to be replaced.

Broken rear seat latch.

Replaced head lights 4 times. One is out right now.

General Comments:

It's a very comfortable car.

When it's running, it runs really well and is fun to drive.

It's ridiculously expensive to repair and maintain.

It's, by far, the most unreliable car I've ever owned.

I would never get another one, even if it was given to me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th December, 2008

2003 SAAB 9-3 Linear 2.0t from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0t Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Silverado

Faults:

I have a Saab 93 2.0t. I bought it used in 2006, and I have had nothing but problems.

Within the first week my power seat stopped working, and now there is a power glitch and my rear power windows and locks no longer work unless manually.

The sun roof will not close sometimes, and the 6 disc CD changer no longer will work.

I was warned about this car before I bought it, but I trusted the "Saab" name - that was a very expensive mistake.

General Comments:

This car is great comfort wise, and it handles great, even at high speeds, but even that doesn't make up for the problems it has.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th December, 2008

2003 SAAB 9-3 2.0 turbo diesel from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

After owning seven Saab's, I will never purchase a SAAB made after GM destroyed a great company

Faults:

The fuel pump went out at 42K miles - $750.00.

The entire A/C system - except under the dash, had to be replaced at 48K miles - $1,800.00.

The passenger seat gears broke at 52K miles - $300.00.

The power top motors had to be replaced and other top work done at 56K miles - $ 1,400.00.

The quit suddenly quit running at 62K miles.

Diagnosed as "ignition cassette" - which turned out to be on "International Back Order". I finally located the part myself; special order shipping costs, etc. The car was in the shop for 3 months! $680.00.

Car quit on way home from garage - car still not running.

General Comments:

The car handles and drives great.

Older seats were very comfortable; present seats are uncomfortable; motors weak.

Convertible top operation is great (even though they stole it from a Mercedes 450SL) but small parts break and destroy the top motors, which are outrageously expensive to replace.

It is ridiculous that you can't run the A/C with the top down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th November, 2008

29th Nov 2008, 06:51

You list the engine as a "2.0 turbo diesel"; I'm amazed it ran at all if you were pumping diesel fuel into your Saab!

2003 SAAB 9-3 ARC 2.0 turbo from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance27000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Could be a great car if it was made better

Faults:

Door handle broke, repaired under warranty.

General Comments:

Purchased certified from SAAB dealer for $17k with a warranty till 2009. I never had any problems, but only drove it 8k miles over two years.

I did notice that the car no longer felt tight, lots of squeaks and rattles over bumps. Expansion joints seems to send a loud booming shudder through the suspension. The rear doors creak too - not a very stiff platform with poor torsion resistance.

I loved the SAAB at first and was really disappointed when it started to feel like an old junker.

The turbo is smooth, powerful and fuel efficient, seats are wonderful, handles great, lots of equipment, nice looking car, roomy trunk. But my crappy 97 Oldsmobile is tighter over bumps than this SAAB.

When the warranty company informed me it would cost $3400 to extend my warranty after 09, I decided to get rid of it. I would not want to own this car without a warranty. Dealers only offered me $8500 as trade, but got $10,600 from CARMAX.

Resale value just horrible. I would have kept the car if it did not feel like it was falling apart and the cost to extend the warranty was maybe more like $ 1800.

I am going back to Japanese cars - they have much better resale value and are much better made. The SAAB has a lot of that cheap GM feel to it... maybe they were better prior to 2003.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 2008

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 63 reviews