Based on 225 Ratings for the 1999 - 2002 models.Review this car
By kayz3 (OK) on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 109,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "Sassy, great size, trunk fits a set of golf clubs"
Cons: "Expensive to fix, always in the shop"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"One of the cutest cars I've ever owned. Super fun to drive, zippy, full of fun and personality. However when something goes wrong it's REALLY expensive (think 3x what it would be on a Honda/Toyota/etc). I feel like this car has been in the shop more than it's been out. I would highly recommend figuring out if you have a dealership or know of a garage that knows Saab's well enough to fix it in a timely manner. High quality car, amazing amount of trunk space for a convertible, mine has a turbo which makes for some really fun road trips! Lots of bells and whistles on this car but amazingly enough only one very poorly placed cup holder."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Marna (NC) on Saturday, November 16, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun in every way!"
Cons: "Cup holder inconvenient"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"So muck fin to drive!"
By PDX Snaab (OR) on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Downsized to a one-car family; Honda more reliable. - My approximate mileage is 130,000
Pros: "Enjoyable; Economical; Unique/Quirky; Capacious"
Cons: "Upkeep; Cost of Parts"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Caveat to this entire post: Saab was known for its enthusiasts (pejoratively called 'Snaabs'). I am a Snaab, yes; I am also a pragmatist and realist. The reality is: Saab, as a company, is no more. This will likely translate to a drastically declining price of obtaining a Saab; this will likely translate as a drastically increasing price of upkeep on you Saab. Bottom line: Saabs need work. Not major overhauls (driving chain in lieu of a belt; bullet-proof engines, turbos, and transmissions; sturdy, yet lightweight frame), mind, but they will still require upkeep. Comparable to any other European entry-level executive auto, Saabs were pioneers in engineering. They were highly fuel efficient: my 2002 9-3, 4-door, SE [non-Viggen] hatch-back boasted 27 commuting, 32-34 on long road. They were sporty: standard of 205hp, tight handling. They were well advanced: the internal computer communicates with you every step of the way. This 'communication' is often done in the form of the check-engine light. The internal electrical system of most Saabs was such that the check-engine comes on. Often. Do not fool yourself: you will need to replace chips, electrical parts, and other parts. Because Saab is no longer in business, we have seen the nadir on prices; upkeep on your Saab will only get more expensive from here on out. This is why I rated the car where I did, and why I would not likely recommend purchasing one – as a Snaab. If Saab were still in business, I would own no other platform of vehicle. Add to this that I would not own a post-2002, GM-owned/operated Saab (quality of parts, design, and reliability took a nose dive under GM oversight). When you own a Saab, do NOT use/trust/listen to anyone who offers you non-OEM parts. Aftermarket parts are not worth your money, time, and potential upset to supporting devices. When you MAF goes – and it WILL go – spend the extra money to get an OEM piece. Your mechanic may say that there is an aftermarket piece that may work. If your mechanic suggests/strong-arms you into that choice: find a new mechanic."
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By satchmo (IL) on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good deal"
Cons: "front end problem."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Very nice car. Have recieved complements from everyone."
By Mo (NY) on Thursday, September 26, 2013
I owned and sold this car - My approximate mileage is 199,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "great mileage, performance, pleasure w top down"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"love the convertible. Nearly enough room for 4 people and a great deal when bought used. Has known issues and problems, but when you fix them expect the car to be pretty reliable...most poblems come from people that want fancy luxury, performance and controls without extra repair. You want a vanilla car with bare minimum then get a Honda civic. You want performance and luxury, then expect to have some complicated systems break on you. Helps if you do the work yourself or have a reliable mechanic knowledgable in these cars. these cars were ahead of their times...saabs first 2.0 liter turbo was on the 900 in the late 1980s, now everybody and their brother has a 2 liter turbo...what an idea"
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful