2004 SAAB 9-3 Aero convertible 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland
Lots of minor faults.
Loads of squeaks and rattles.
Electrical gripes that are intermittent.
Headlamp bulbs blow frequently are are a pig to replace.
Wheels hard to balance.
Remote keys frequently stop working.
Electric windows 'bounce' in comfort mode.
Front suspension spring broke whilst driving and shredded a tyre.
Pleasing to drive, lovely to look at at fast.
Minor reliablity issues would put me off buying another one, and a design that allows a suspension spring to break (apparently not an uncommon fault) and hit the tyre is positively dangerous.
Depreciation is fairly unpleasant too. Paid £33,000 new and after 4 years (and admittedly high mileage) the car looks pristine but is worth about £10,000.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th May, 2008
23rd Aug 2008, 15:23
My 2004 has experienced almost all of the issues you raised. Love the car when I can get into it, due to the key fob not working. The remote top down has not worked in a year. Still fun to drive, but it's the last one I will ever buy.