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