1999 Saab 9-3 User Reviews
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- Comfortable interior
- Expensive to maintain, less than desirable reliability, frequent trips to repair shop.
Purchased As Used
I presently own a 1999 Saab 9-3 SE HO turbo. It has over 136k on it, struggling to get to 137k. It had 32k miles on it when I purchased it. This car is fairly fun to drive, comfortable on long trips, had OK (not great) performance and handling, good gas mileage, and seemed to be a decent car until the miles started racking up. Upon approaching about 80k miles, there has constantly been SOMETHING wrong with this car. The "check engine" light is ALWAYS on! Every year, in order to get it to pass emissions, I have had to do something to get it to pass. I have replaced two O2 sensors, and the direct ignition cassette. The A/C compressor has failed and had to be replaced! I have had to replace the automatic climate control, and have had to have the pixels fixed in both the automatic climate control display, as well as the Saab information center display. They are unreadable again. I have had to replace the strut mounts because one separated. All four window lift mechanisms have had to be replaced, as the windows spontaneously fall into the doors. Two windows have been repaired twice! This is a common problem that should have been addressed by GM. The motor mounts separated, and have had to be replaced. I recently repaired the front crankshaft oil seal, due to the development of a massive oil leak. I have had to repair the oil pickup, as it became clogged, starving the engine of oil. The waterpump has been replaced. I have had to have the head gasket replaced, and it is now leaking again! Two of the drivebelt pulleys have seized, tearing up the drivebelt, causing me to have to leave the car each time. The electric antenna stopped working, as did the CD player. The ABS light is presently on, causing the speedometer and odometer to stop working, as well as causing the car to stall when coming to a light. The interior lighting has had issues. To add insult to injury, the paint is peeling on the surfaces of the car. I consider myself a car enthusiast, and have owned several makes of cars, including previous Saabs, Alfa Romeos and many Fiats. Of all the cars I have owned, this one has been the most frequently repaired and unreliable. It has been in the shop several times a year for repairs since I have owned it, and at least once a year, it needs major (as in expensive) repair. They know me down at the local Saab shop. My old Saab, an '87 900s ( of which I still own) has over 280k miles on it, and has become a backup vehicle for this one. I enjoy driving my old Saab much more, because it handles better, is more comfortable, not to mention more reliable than the newer one. I feel that the difference is that my old Saab was made before GM took over. You can feel the difference in engineering between the two. My old Saab has sat in the driveway next to the newer one the whole time, and the paint still shines. The doors close just as tightly as they did when I first purchased it. I hate to point fingers, but I feel that GM ruined Saab by trying to make it a mainstream car, and by cutting corners. I purchased the newer Saab feeling like I was getting another car that was as good as my old one. I was duped! This car is constantly trying to self-destruct! I will never, ever buy another Saab! However, I will keep my old '87 900 forever! If you want a relaible, troublefree car, DO NOT buy a GM Saab! My Saab addiction was cured by this car!...read morehide
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