I'm in love with this car, and after driving it, I dread the thought of having to turn to a different brand eventually. Original review: June 30, 2013 When I leased my 2010 Saab, I was given scheduled maintenance free of charge for three years; however, since they went bankrupt, the car is falling apart and costing a fortune to repair. It's one shortcoming is scuttle shake; common on all convertibles that makes for a rough ride on bumpy roads I live on a dirt road, so have to take it slowly. Yet, I researched further and found that it could be caused by a crankshaft position sensor. I don't look forward to the day when they die of old age and I have to buy a non-Saab product since they no longer exist.
Now my car which I loved so much is sitting in my driveway waiting for the discovery of this elusive part. If maintained by the book well documented , and changed oil every 3K, you will see them go 200K plus look on eBay at some of the mileage on these cars. So I'm thinking about buying a 03+ 9-3 sedan fairly soon and was just wondering how reliable they are in comparison to the first gen 9-3s. It keeps telling me my tail light is out even though it is not. Original review: June 28, 2018 My 2008 Saab is the nicest car I have driven. After dissassembling and careful cleaning of the motor we changed piston rings, crankshaft bearings, balance shaft bearings and the oil pump. Lots of issues associated with that year.
The mechanic said it could be a spark plug issue, but not to worry if it had only happened twice. Because they wanted to make it perfect! Headlights burn out, I would replace them and then they'd burn out again within weeks. A lot has to do with your dealer and their knowledge of Saabs. Read about it If you own a Saab, wish you owned a Saab, or just think that Saabs are the coolest cars on the planet, välkommen! Fuel pumps, oil leaks, sign switches, alt issues, the list goes on. On Monday, I called Fox Chevy again and they just blew us off and would not even look at it. I took it in and apparently the throttle position sensor needs to be replaced.
So they gave Saab boring cars to work with, and they was just suppose to make small changes on them. I can fold down the seats and pack so much in there. Aside from that, I've had to replace both sway bar links twice which is odd to me and have a rattling noise coming from the front when it's cold out, which no shop seems to be able to figure out my guess is it's part of the strut mount gasket shriveling up. Whoever has a Saab please take it back or trade the car. I love the way the car is built although after a couple of weeks I had to change the serpentine belt which required a special tool. I have 2 small children and I spent 3 months in fear that I would come back to find someone hiding in it. No, it still jumps and knocks like crazy.
He also said I had an actual Saab engine and it should last me about 300,000 miles. It didn't do this again for a few months and I took it in to have the issue checked out. The gas mileage is unprecedented when you consider the power these cars have. Transmission choices were a rather wooden shifting five-speed manual gearbox and a four-speed auto with final drive going through the front wheels. It's dependable and it gets great mileage too.
When I called Ally to argue that they should void the lease because of this breach of contract, they are no help and continue to transfer me to different departments, all of which have attitude issues. I wish I could talk to the engineers designers and supplier of this car. I was able to restart the car. Ps: I already bought the car with this problem, and with the engine knocking so I already knew It had to be replaced :P We had such problem once in the service with an old 9000, that came from Italy. Other than that, he reckons he has bought an almost brand new luxury sports car for at a very reasonable second hand price.
I can't begin to explain the repairs I've put into this car. I know the og 9-3 manuals aren't the most reliable so how are the 03+ ones. There's only been little things like the cup holder that is under the back seats gers stuck all the time. I haven't had that same issues, but I have had others. Anyway, there are other parts suppliers out there for Saab. Most of the complaints are about 2003 or newer 9-3s or 2005 or newer 9-5s. One of my main concerns is the transmission.
I sent an email and it said I will get a reply in 1-2 business days. He was looking specifically for a manual Aero, which at the time was very difficult to find so he went to Sydney to buy his. It's nowhere near Volvo but I like it. The shake was one thing, but the body flexing dulled the handling and made the 9-3 less precise than it should have been. Currently, Saab recommends removal of the sump and doing a complete cleaning. No major issues until it was approaching 250,000 miles when it seemed like everything just went to hell at once.
I was lucky to get it for such a steal which made it even better. Please do yourself a favor and return it. When winter becomes a fast fading memory convertible owners drop their tops and let the sun shine in. The left brake light is on the left outer side while the running light is on the right inner side but on the right side of the car the brake light is on the left inner while the running light is on the right outer side. I purchased it very cheaply since the car company is dead. It is in mint condition, and was supposed to have a 3 year warranty.