Cons: "low end power could be better (I know it's a small I4 with a turbo)"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought the car, a 2003 manual Aero sedan in August of 2006 with 24K miles. I have now had it for 5 years and about 50K miles. Originally I expected to keep it a couple of years and flip it but college expenes for kids and other issues kept the car in my garage. It has developed from a passable alternative to the BMW, Porsche and multiple alfas to a very comfortable and usable car. I have been overmaintaining the car with oil and fluid changes as I know that the model has a tendency to sludge up if synthethic is not used and changed frequently. I have improved the handling most recently by replacing front and rear bushings and all four shocks/struts with KONI FSD (Great product so far). The gas mileage is outstanding for the size car and power. There have been relatively few problems and until April, had been covered under a 4 year extended warranty. I have been spending some money recently mostly on upgrades and replacement items, like the suspension but I also dropped the sump and made sure it was cleaned our along with the screen of any sludge.
The clutch was replaced at 50K which I thought was early so I don't know how the prior owner drove the car although I suspect he/she might not have had alot of experience with a manual transmission.
There is no question that if you look to find one (post 2004 are best since the PCV problem giving rise to sludge was fixed (I had the upgrade installed this year in the car) although some may not like the cosmetic changes after 2006. Maintenance is essential and so is prior owner history. Otherwise. the car seem to be able to run well and within little problem. My only reason for not recommending it higher is the difficulty in finding the right car with the right history. You also have to be the type of person willing to maintain a high mileage car or you could be financially and emotionally drained by repairs from items that simply may wear out."
Pros: "great handling great excelleration comfort"
Cons: "millage is 24-30 oil issue could have junked it"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have always loved the SAAB cars. However after i purchased this one, I discovered a serious problem with the oil screen. After driving for a year replacing just the fuel pump, I took down the oil pan and discovered what they were talking about. The convert ions to fix this had been done on the car (not recorded) but there was still gunky issues with the oil pan and screen, not too bad but I had no idea what might have been used before me. after cleaning it all up and replacing the upper motor mount, I now use only top grade synthetic and change every 5,000. I love this car it handles great, good exceleration and deluxe comfort. too bad my wife drives it. HA !"
Pros: "Fun to drive, great MPG (see my review), impressive ride for a small car, nice creature comforts"
Cons: "Poor visibility when backing and front seat arm rests are not real comfy."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Who says Germans are the best engineers? This car has a fabulous combination of luxury, economy, utility and sporty features without any of the quirks typical of other Euro cars.
I love the overall design and performance of this car. I have used (and LOVE) all four driving modes: normal, winter, sport and manual. [Pure engineering genius!]
I get much better MPG than average: 30 MPG highway and around 20 MPG city. (Good maintenance and driving habits?)
The only complaints I have are the rather significant amount of rear blind spots and the poorly positioned front seat arm rests.
Overall: Saabs are pricey, but worth it. Get an extended warranty, though. It will pay for itself with just one semi-major repair.
After owning this Saab for the past 18 months, I don't want to drive anything but a Saab."
"I will try to keep this short and simple. This would have to be the worst car I have ever owned in terms of reliability and maintenance. I bought the car used off a lease with a little over 48K miles on it. (Just over the warranty). At 49K miles, the turbo went. I called Saab to see if they could see past the 1000 miles on the warranty and replace the relaitvely new turbo and was told NO!!! Even with complete maintenance records (all oil changes, etc where performed at Saab dealership). Then the saga continued. I changed the throttle body, DI cassette, the heater went (a $1000 fix for a $20 part), a multitude of misc pieces, and finalized the entire ordeal with a blown engine. This, by the way, is covered in a technical service bulletin for oil sludge preventing oil pickup in the oil pump. I cannot recommend this car to even my worst enemy."