2006 SAAB 9-3 2.0 turbo gas from North America

Summary:

Great little car

Faults:

Front sway bar links.

Rear control arms.

Fuel pump.

Fuel sender.

CD player.

Amplifier.

General Comments:

Bought the car used, of course, and mainly because of the color, of all things. My wife wanted a brightly colored car, and I like Saabs, so that's how we ended up with our nice, red 9-3.

All-in-all a great little car. We drove it to Florida several times with no incidents. It's a great highway car. The 2.0 turbo motor has a nice push when you get into it, but still gets great mileage. On one flat stretch of road we got as high as 36 MPG running at 70 - 75 mph.

The main reliability issue we had with it was the fuel pump. We had an intermittent issue with it that left my wife stranded a couple of times. Once identified and replaced, it was fine.

The suspension parts were worn when I bought it and made some rattling noise. Once replaced, there was no issue.

The fiber optic stereo system is a bit of a pain if you wish to modify it. Basically, it can't be done easily.

In spite of these issues, we really loved the car, and are only rid of it due to being totaled as a result of a deer hit. I'm considering another, but I'm exploring other vehicles with lower insurance costs.

It should be noted that I do all my own repairs. Repairs at a garage would likely make the car unaffordable.

Good bye, little friend.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2014

2006 SAAB 9-3 ARC 2.0 from North America

Summary:

Enjoyable car to drive

Faults:

Rear suspension clunk - to be fixed.

Low beam headlights dim - cleaned - better.

Fuel indicator non-functioning - sender replaced.

General Comments:

Quick car for a 2.0.

Handles nicely. Makes me think about getting rid of my 9000 Aero.

Seats seem like they would be uncomfortable, but have taken several long trips without incident.

Great highway car.

My wife drove all winter and had no problems with snow / ice with snows on the front.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2013

2006 SAAB 9-3 Linear 1.9 TiD turbo diesel from Belgium

Summary:

The wisest choice of all second-hand saloon cars

Faults:

EGR valve (fortunately replaced under warranty).

Weird steering (unknown cause).

Random jerking while accelerating/decelerating (unknown cause).

Difficulties to change gears.

General Comments:

I'm amazed by: the low consumption, the excellent comfort of its seat, the handling, the performances, the cargo, the superb design of the car.

I didn't like: the clutch/gearbox set, the aerodynamic sounds, the very bad handling when on windy/bad roads, some weird reactions from the steering wheel (hard/smooth), noises coming from the dashboard.

OK, it might be not as reliable as a BMW/Audi/Merc, but it's far better looking, and you have the feeling of driving something more rare and exclusive.

My previous car was a Saab, my current car is a Saab, my next car will be a Saab.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2011

2006 SAAB 9-3 SS Aero Combi 2.8 from North America

Summary:

Decent car so far, and it's sure fun to drive

Faults:

Wipers have stopped functioning properly.

Wiper washers have malfunctioned.

Driver's seat is showing signs of wear on the bolster.

Sometimes the key does not want to leave the ignition, and you have to re-start the car and shut it off, to get it to turn to the off position.

General Comments:

The car is a very nice car, although I have not had it long - it is a pleasure to drive. Plenty of power and pick up when needed.

The dash is overly complicated, but looks cool. I cannot upgrade to an aftermarket GPS-navigational system, which I would like to do these systems, I have been told, will not fit. A lot of the 'info' information is just 'stuff', and a bit too gimmicky. The big screen, which could hold a GPS, is basically a big screen, to ask me which music source I want to switch to.

It has plenty of room for mine or the kid's sports equipment, and it is not at all boring to drive.

Fuel economy is okay - but you really see the gauge move if you push too long. I think my 325ic was better on gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th January, 2011