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  1. Saab 9-3 Sedan/Combi/TurboX/AWD(2003+)/Conv(2004+)
    I've owned a 56 reg 1.9tid (150hp) for the last 3 years, without any problems - very fond of it. But now I'm about to sell it, since I'm moving abroad, and when I took it to the local Saab specialist garage (a London independent) to ask them if they wanted to make an offer they told me that...
  2. Saab 9-3 Sedan/Combi/TurboX/AWD(2003+)/Conv(2004+)
    I've currently got a 1.9Tid and given all the issues people seam to have with the EGR valves, swirl valves, limp home faults etc I want to change the car before i end up with a bill for £1000 like so many others have had! Is the petrol engine in the Saabs more reliable than the diesel? - i...
  3. Saab 9-3 Sedan/Combi/TurboX/AWD(2003+)/Conv(2004+)
    I have just changed the tyres on my 120 vector sport and the reduction in noise is incredible! When I first bought my car 14 months ago I wasn't sure that a wheel bearing wasn't going , but a service and two MOTs couldn't find anything amiss. I have put Bridgestone tyres on to replace the OE...
  4. Saab News
    Consumer Reports magazine in the US have just released their latest reliability survey findings and it’s moderately good news for Saab. The good: Saab have improved their standing and have a small range between their best and worst rated vehicles. The bad: there’s still a lot of room to...
  5. Help, Advice, Saabs and Motoring
    There was a fairly poor article in the Guardian on Saturday, a typical rehash of a Which report. SAAB gets a bad review in the manufacturers listing (the article doesn't make it very clear, but that table is over 8 years) What is interesting though is the luxury car 2 year results - where he...
  6. Saab News
    A few people have sent this in to me in the last few days. It’s taken a little while to report, though, as it’s all in Swedish and i couldn’t understand it. My thanks to Tompa for coming to the rescue and helping me decipher it all. What you’re looking at here is the top 11 three-year-old...
  7. Saab News
    It’s been quite a while since I posted on this issue, but Michael Karesh runs a vehicle reliability research center in the US called True Delta. The big player in vehicle reliability rating is, of course, Consumer Reports. Whilst the Saab 9-3 is now rating better in their reliability data it...
  8. Help, Advice, Saabs and Motoring
    Seems that some people dont think our Saabs are very reliable... http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/ind...f=2&t=45506 What do people on here think?
  9. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    Hi guys, Saab newbie in need of some advice. I'm a brit currently living in Texas and I'm considering buying a loaded 2004 9-5 Aero Wagon (estate) with 16K on the clock and the auto transmission. The car has had one previous owner and I'm buying the car from Carmax for $26K. The car has a...
  10. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    Not wishing to tempt fate, but our car has been totally reliable for 3 weeks now! Indeed, apart from requiring a new seal on the tank sender unit to fix the petrol smell, it's been totally reliable for some time - months! Long may it remain that way. Anyone else got a hassle free 9-5? Cheers
  11. Saab 9000 (1984 - 1998)
    After 3 years of dependable motoring (starts first time, every time -even when I left for it 21 days!) my 9000 broke down due to the flexi clutch pipe failing. What experience have other owners had, with regard to reliability? My car has less than 85K miles on the clock, should the clutch pipe...
  12. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    Shortly after buying my Aero I gave it a stage 1 tune (275bhp). I am now questioning what effect this has on reliability. Obviously more power and torque means more stress on the engine and transmission but with the Trionic 7, I also believed that power/torque was limited in the lower gears. I...
  13. Classic Saab 9-3/GM900 (1994 - 2002)/Conv ( -2003)
    Saab 900/93 Bulkhead separation I have a saab 93 1998 model and it is off the road with 'bulkhead separation'. This is I'm told a design fault with the 900/93. The bulkhead has separated (weld has broken) from the dash panel. The steering rack is bolted to the bulkhead hence the bulkhead and...
  14. Help, Advice, Saabs and Motoring
    Having read some posts suggesting quite a few niggling problems on the 9-3ss and 9-5, those of you who have had several Saabs over the years might be able to indicate which model you found to be the most reliable during your ownership. I can't really comment, as I've only had the one 9-5, so...
  15. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    We hear from time to time about the reliability of the more recent GM Saab offerings being a bit substandard for a premium car, but have you really had that much of an issue with your 9-5s reliability?
  16. Saab 9-3 Sedan/Combi/TurboX/AWD(2003+)/Conv(2004+)
    hello, i have been thinking of purchasing a 9-3 2.2tid, but after reading your reliability thread i'm a little put off! are they really that bad?
  17. Saab News
    See: http://www.whatcar.co.uk/News_Article.asp?NA_ID=216403# Saab is ranked 29th of 30 makes in the reliability survey, with 42.1 claims per 100 cars covered by Warranty Direct (Steve McF has a lot to answer for... ). It's one of four '1-star' makes at the bottom (along with Rover...
  18. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    My 99 2.3 lpt has just had a new turbo fitted at saab and now it is going in next week for timing chain and sprockets. Is this car worth keeping? I had the sump checked when the turbo was done,will the engine still be strong? I feel if the oil problem is bad enough to cause turbo failure then...
  19. Classic Saab 9-3/GM900 (1994 - 2002)/Conv ( -2003)
    Hello everyone, Newby here. Looking at purchasing a '99 9-3 coupe (not the HOT), the 185hp 2.0L motor. It already has the suspension mods I'm looking for. I'm just looking at upping the power a little. A few questions for all of you: 1. Anybody had any experience with the Nordic upgrade...
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