2004 SAAB 9-3 2.8 turbo from North America
Very Poor Reliability
This car is only 3 years old. The brake pads have been replaced more than any other care I have owned.
My car was recalled for the sunroof. I took it in. It still does not open.
The middle console broke after 2 years.
The air conditioning only works occassionally.
I recently took it in because a light came on reading "Gear Box Malfunction, limited performance, contact Saab immediately" I did. It was Sunday they said do not drive and bring it in on Monday. I did. Apparently my Saab had the wrong computer chip in it, so it was nothing, but a computer malfunction. Except, that was Saab's mistake and I had to take a day off work and pay $125.00 to Saab.
Will not purchase another Saab.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 31st July, 2007
18th Feb 2008, 23:54
That doesn't sound like too bad of problems comparing what I have ran into with Volkswagen, Nissan, and Honda.
11th May 2008, 08:17
I agree, it doesn't sound so bad. The pads you have been replacing have a lot to do with your driving habits. Other issues except the tranny may have been your fault.
23rd May 2015, 17:08
You bought a 2.8 turbo... and you replaced the brake pads more often than any other car... likely you use the right pedal a lot as well, because I've never met a performance car driver who didn't know how to push the right pedal as far as it goes. Good grief!! Pads are a generic item basically, manufactured by limited manufacturers whose product is badged by car companies. If you wore out the brakes... it's because you used them. Also... try a lower gear going down steep hills rather than riding the brakes. Saabs are a heavy car and using a lower gear costs nothing, whereas riding the brakes is... well... just wrong... and wears them out faster.