2004 SAAB 9-3 Reviews

2004 SAAB 9-3 Linear 2.0 turbo from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

Fun, safe, easy to get along with

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 T Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance32000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Fun in the sun

General Comments:

Cons:

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.

Pros:

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

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo 200hp Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired116500 kilometres
Most recent distance123000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9-3

Summary:

People who test drive a SAAB usually buy one

Faults:

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

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance93800 miles
Previous carHyundai Accent

Summary:

This is an expensive money pit for me

Faults:

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

2004 SAAB 9-3 Linear 2.0 turbo from United Arab Emirates

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance123000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 850

Summary:

Reliable

Faults:

HVAC blower fan died at 115,000km.

CD player died at 80,000.

Suspension starting to knock over large bumps/ speed humps.

General Comments:

This car has been the most reliable I have ever owned.

The temperature here in Dubai is about 46c for 3 months of the year, sometimes reaching 50c on the freeways. I have never seen the temperature needle move, and the A/C has never been above number 3.

It feels like the engine and transmission will last for years to come. The paint still shines, and all of the electrics work. I feel blessed.

I have the car serviced every 10,000km at the only Saab dealer in town; this is where my problems lie. Customer service is minimal, but the work seems to be well done.

I can highly recommend this car for its sheer indestructibility, and its stability and refinement at 160km/h.

If only the seats were more comfortable for the long journeys and the cabin plastics were of a higher grade, then I would keep this car until it finally dies.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2011

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 21 reviews