2004 SAAB 9-3 Aero 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Aero. Dynamic.


The usual stuff one might expect on a 14 year old car, but nothing like as bad as you get with some marques. I chose this particular Saab (it's my 13th in the last 20 years) because it had been well looked after, and that showed in the repair costs it's set me back to date;

- Replaced battery.

- Replaced coolant expansion tank (common 9-3 fault).

- Service.

- Replaced split turbo intake pipe.

- Restored fogged headlamps.

That's it. Most of the $ I've spent on it have been for bodywork repairs, as the previous owner was either unlucky or just not a good driver, as there was no shortage of dings and scrapes on the panels.

General Comments:

For the $4000 I paid for it, I'm not sure I could achieve the same level of coolness, refinement, equipment, practicality (yes, really), economy, performance, and reliability. An equivalent BMW would have cost me 3 times what I paid. With a Maptun stage 1 remap it absolutely flies, especially in the mid-range; overtaking trucks on our ruler-straight highways is even easier than it was in my V8 Falcon.

The grey leather interior is comfortable and classy looking, despite some cheap hard plastics on the dash and door trims. And the remote roof opening elevates me to super hero status with my girlfriend's kids.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2018

2004 SAAB 9-3 Linear 2.0 turbo from North America


Fun, safe, easy to get along with


Things that have gone wrong are very few.

Sunroof switch went out. I replaced it myself; cost about $35.

The wiper motor did not stop working, but did lose intermittent and washer. Had to replace the motor to fix it. Cost about $250.

The last thing was the most expensive; last winter the CIM module went out. I ended up finding the part myself, 1/3 of the cost the dealer wanted. Dealer wanted $1200, and I found it online for $350. Had the dealer install it.

General Comments:

This has been a great car. Good gas mileage, and it has been very good car for me. It handles the road very well. It has the getup and go I want. Still looks great with over 140k. It sucks that GM closed down Saab.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2014

2004 SAAB 9-3 Convertible Aero 2.0 T from Portugal


Fun in the sun

General Comments:


Some parts of the dash easily get scratched; a finger nail could easily do that.

The driver's window went "crazy" once, when you close it went down again. Fixed with a system reset.

With the Aero you'll get a very stiff ride; too hard in my opinion.

The car has too low a front; watch out parking it near sidewalks.

The depreciation is huge, the car cost me + 60k Euros, brand new full specs.


It looks great, and the aerodynamics is great; at 140Kmh with the top down you can listen to the radio or talk as if you were driving at low speeds.

The seats are fabulous, very comfortable.

The back seats are spacious, even with the top up, which is a great quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2013

2004 SAAB 9-3 2.0t Vector Cabriolet 2.0 turbo 200hp from Norway


People who test drive a SAAB usually buy one


Fuel gauge gave wrong indications, common problem on the 9-3. Changed sensors in the fuel tank, about £250.

General Comments:

Very good car, works just as good in winter as summer.

Good spec, very good value for money compared to other similar cars. Safest convertible tested in 2004 according to wikipedia.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2011

2004 SAAB 9-3 Linear 2.0 turbo from North America


This is an expensive money pit for me


My driver's seat melted, and almost burned my pants while driving when I used my seat warmers.

At 80000 km, my suspension went, hearing cracks and creaks.

Turbo hose came out of its socket.

Key remote failed to open my car numerous times, and I had to resort in opening it up with its key.

Every time I need a piece from the dealer, it has to be ordered and takes about two weeks to get in.

Too many small and big problems with this car; I am always in the garage fixing minor problems, and too many tows to my garage. I would not waste my time writing this review if I was not so upset.

And also the felt of the interior is sort of peeling away.

Not a easy car to service if you don't own SAAB computer hookup.

General Comments:

This is a nice looking car, but do not let it fool you..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th July, 2011