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#2887 of 3350 i love my saab, but i hate the maintenance...
Mar 01, 2006 (2:19 pm)
I have been leasing my 2003 9-3 for almost 3 years now. I love this car - I have always driven GMs - but why are there so few dealerships for SAABS? I leased this car when I was in college and went "home" to see my parents in Southern Missouri, so the trip to Springfield was easy. Since then, I've moved to Little Rock to take a job and have had to drive 2-hours to the closest dealer (Memphis) for every service. Making things worse, the past year I haven't gone one month without something going wrong with my SAAB - parking break sticking on, window malfunctioning...everything to the car just not starting! And when something disables my car, I have to have it towed to Memphis, which my warranty pays for, but then I have to somehow retrieve my car...it's a huge pain. I still tell everyone SAABs are the best - my brother even bought one - but driving 400 miles to the dealer every couple of months is sure hindering my lease miles...
I sure do love this car, but I've been considering ending my lease early because of all the problems that have to be taken care of at the dealer. It's also going to keep me from getting a new one at the end of my lease, which I had planned to do until now. Am I the only one with what seems to be somewhat of a lemon?? My complaint letter to customer service hasn't been responded too, and that is also frustrating!
#2888 of 3350 Re: unsafe, unreliable- typical of other owners? [renee_etoile]
Mar 01, 2006 (2:22 pm)
I have had multiple problems with my 2003 9-3 within the last year. I thought I had a lemon - maybe it's just the year model. Everytime I take my car in they say "we have seen this a lot"
My complaint letter to Saab hasn't been answered...maybe they have too many to fix!
#2889 of 3350 Re: '06 9-3 Aero not starting [goodstar]
Mar 01, 2006 (4:06 pm)
The car wouldn't do a thing. I heard a click when I turned the key but that was it. Like I said, all electrical items still worked perfectly.
Neutral switch? What is that? I even stood on the clutch just to make sure I was pushing down hard enough on the clutch when I turned the key.
When the dealership is done with it, I will post what it was. Of course, I hope they fix the airbag light (blinking) as well.
#2890 of 3350 Re: i love my saab, but i hate the maintenance... [eaholma]
Mar 02, 2006 (8:08 am)
I am in the same boat (pun intended) as many of you. I leased my Saab 9-3 linear in feb 2003 and my lease is coming to an end. In fact, I'm returning my car today - I'm leaving for the dealership within the hour. I really liked this car, it is immensely comfortable, it's great for road trip, performance is quite good especially the handling, and it has a magnificent upscale look and feel to it. Interior is OK, although the dash is a little bland, but it's still a very driver oriented cockpit.
The reason I'm returning it and not leasing another one or buying it is because of its unreliablity, including quite often trips to the dealerships, and also the dreaded car doen't start because the clutch is disengaged syndrome (but it always starts after a few tries of releasing and reapplying the clutch).
I will be missing this car and returning it will mixed emotions - if only the sound system was better, interior had more aluminum and other luxury touches, and most of all if it was reliable and not so expensive to maintain, I would have kept it for a long long time. Oh well
#2891 of 3350 Re: i love my saab, but i hate the maintenance... [carpet321]
Mar 02, 2006 (9:31 am)
You guys are starting to scare me off. I have been debating between the 2006 9-3 Aero Convertible and the 2006 BMW 530. I know they are very different cars but I like both of them.
It sounds like the 03 Saabs have had some reliability issues. I would be interested in knowing if these problems have been resolved with the newer models.
Last week I was leaning toward the SAAB now I'm leaning toward the BMW...
#2892 of 3350 Re: i love my saab, but i hate the maintenance... [cgs1238]
Mar 02, 2006 (10:06 am)
The 2003 and 2004 Saab 9-3's had tons of problems, so the dealership told me.
I purchased an 06 9-3 2.0T have close to 2000 miles on it with no problems at all. This car is amazing and so fun to drive. Realiabilty isn't an issue so far.
#2893 of 3350 Re: '06 9-3 Aero not starting [jworthington]
Mar 02, 2006 (1:57 pm)
Sorry, I did not realize your car was a standard shift. The neutral position switch is on automatics and basically ensures the car is in park or neutral before it starts. Our car has been acting just like yours but I do not think you have one, may be a switch that requires the clutch to be depressed before it will start. That could be bad?
I just purchased the neutral position switch for our 2001 and will install this weekend. Hope this resolves the problems. My daughter is driving the car and it has not started a couple of time when she was out.
Mar 02, 2006 (3:31 pm)
Has anyone heard any buzz as to what's coming for '07? I'm seriously considering an 06, but would hate to see any major changes in 07 leaving my car looking outdated after just a matter of months.
#2895 of 3350 Re: i love my saab, but i hate the maintenance... [cgs1238]
Mar 02, 2006 (7:20 pm)
I've been looking at an '06 9-3 Sportcombi and after seeing the seemingly infinite amount of negative feedback, I am also thinking twice! I am familiar with the ride and handling of SAAB and from that perspective, there are no issues. What bothers me is what happens in a year or two. Will the car literally fall apart? I may have to pass on SAAB until they have proven they have cleaned up their act in terms of reliability. Sorry, I like the car but that many people can't be wrong....
#2896 of 3350 Re: i love my saab, but i hate the maintenance... [speedingticket]
Mar 02, 2006 (8:16 pm)
Today, when I was returning my leased 2003 Saab 9-3 Linear, I had a chance to test drive the new 2006 9-3 Aero, which comes with a 250 hp turbocharged V6. OMG !!!!!! This car is wonderful, it has enormous amount of power, the seats are even better than in my linear (if that's at all possible), and it has a lot of small things which were missing on my 03 linear like auto-climate, xenon light, dual power seats, chrome and aluminum accents, rear lip spoiler, 17" wheels, 6 speed manual transmission and upgraded audio (although the sound still wasn't that great). It got it all. Interior was more quiet too. I really want to believe that reliability has improved because I'm now considering getting this car. Especially for Saab enthusiasts this car is a dream come true.