Saabscene Saab Forum - Saab Technical Information Resource banner

161 - 180 of 180 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
2001 9-3 se hot

had the car about 8 weeks now.

air con compressor - replaced with recon part £325
cracked bulkhead - car came with 12 months mot so they missed that one. - quoted £400
sid pixels 75% gone - getting the unit refurbed for £40
TPS now faulty - quoted £500 for new or £275 refurb unit.

i think my Alfa gtv v6 is cheaper and more reliable
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
1998 9-3 2.0i SE. 160k

Bought at 60k. There were two faults, a duff side airbag sensor and a loose ac compressor clutch.
I spoke to the other owner, who said nothing else had gone wrong.
In the subsequent 100k:
Ignition lock failed, so that someone had to hold the key while I took it to the garage.
An inner bush on a driveshaft had to be replaced (I think it was leaking rather than noisy)
The pixels on the SID have just started to go.
AC condenser and pipes were replaced.
Steering pipe/hose was replaced.
A split EVAP hose was replaced.
I had a new exhaust this year, and discs all round a couple of years ago. It's still on the original clutch.

Bulkhead's fine. I think these non-turbo cars have skinnier tyres, which probably puts smaller loads through the rack.

If you're thinking of buying one of these, it's an old car.
Before a long journey, I check the fluids and listen for strange noises. Carry some water. Check the belts for fraying. It won't be engine failure that dumps you at the side of the road, it'll be water loss, a shed belt or a flat battery. Change the thermostat.
Find a Saab specialist and have it serviced. If you're at a main dealer, it should only be to get a part number and google it. I've always used Dave Palmer, who was Milllenium Saab (which was a mile away), but is now saabandvauxhall.co.uk in Leigh-on-Sea 30 miles away. He's very good.

Unless I did huge mileage, I wouldn't buy a diesel. They're not as reliable. Similarly, I'd avoid automatics.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
35 Posts
SAAB 9-3 SE (185BHP) 2001 PLATE

Had my car 18 months now, bought it with 62000 on the clock and had to change the throttle body within a month, since then it HAD been trouble free, sailing through MOT and being a great car
It now has 72000 on the clock and just last weekend the DI cassette went, and after that the turbo has also packed in.
Now in the process of preparing for a sump drop, and crankcase ventilation kit, and a getting my turbo reconditioned, hopefully wont be too bad on the wallet with some DIY mechanics over the weekend.[/b]
Just to add, also had the driver side airbag go off after shutting the driver door a bit too hard, trying to source parts to repair that( side airbag, sensor etc)
Gearbox has packed in(5th gear only), quoted £850+vat from my local saab indy.
Also SID pixelated, did a DIY repair, which seems to have done the trick.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
93 (56 plate) UK spec Estate / Sportwagon

1.9 TiD 150 Bhp

Bought with 38,000


Failure Items

Air Condensor (54,000 miles) £300 ( hole in unit, causing leak due to positioning low in front grille, very common as it gets hit by stones due to being low and very open, now honeycombe aluminium mesh covered in an attempt to protect from small stones, an easy fix with zip ties etc between grille and condensor having removed engine cover from base this could save you nearly £300 by paying £20. It is also difficult to get the part especially in summer when you need it most!)

Alternator (56,000 miles) £350 issues still ongoing with Autocentre ( alternator and drive belt replaced, draining battery not charging correctly (SID warning), get this done by someone who knows Saabs, wish I had checked on here first at how common this fault is!!)

The car does not appear to return the MPG ( 36 mpg) I have had in my previous Saloon ( 44 mpg ) ??


Replaced due to wear and tear

Battery Bosch S4 £ 80
Front Discs and Pads £230
Tyres

Standard Servicing now done every 10,000 miles now, there must be reason Toyota are so reliable. well apart from their brakes!!

I must say my wife loves the car and I have had Saabs in the past but I am a bit frustrated with this one as it is not as reliable as my Saloon was.

Neil
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
20 Posts
Hi everyone
I own saab 93 2.2tid 2002 125 HP for a year
I bought it from previous owner with a mileage of 160 000km or 99,440 Miles, and I'm currently on mileage of 193 000 Km or 119,950 Miles
He gave me a proper service book inscribed with all the works on the car before me had only two serious defect:

Flow meter was dead, replaced with new

Broke hose air flow to the intercooler has been replaced with new

Since I drive the car, I had only one serious defect

I have failure both of clutch cylinders 190 000km - 500e

It is all of unexpected failures.

And I have a problem with the sid unit pixels are missing
the ac control panel, sometimes it have sometimes it du not have pixels.

buttons for the rear-view mirrors do not work .

Central lock does not work with my thanks I drove in very deep water, which entered the car and wet the twice unit, I have not replaced the twice ,Service Provider he bridge the entire system.

Things need to change the

Control arm RH

Dumper all 4

Maybe I reconditioned my SID

And that it the repairs and failures in my car for now I'm very satisfied. ;) for car with 193000Km


Before this car I had NG900 20i 16V car that I wanted to light every month I visit the service and each time something new was happening.
I spent tons of money on that car :mad:

For those who have chronic problems with the car, change the car will be better - just have stumbled on the rotten egg :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
46 Posts
My 9-3 is a 2001 9-3 TiD 2.2 SE, 125 bhp, which turned over 200,000 miles today.

I bought it in Feb 2008 with 120,000 miles on the clock. In 80,000 miles I have serviced it every 12K at an independent Saab specialist (A1 Saab, Swansea) and replaced just two sets of front tyres plus one set of rear tyres. I have never replaced the brake pads or discs (I do a lot of motorway miles).

I have had the following failures:
EGR valve replaced at 160K (new Saab part £150 online, fitted myself)
Both intercooler hoses blew at 165-170K (silicone replacements, £100, fitted myself)
Climate control display replaced at 180K, £40 exchange.
Oil pressure sensor failed at 180K, £65 to replace sensor and top up (a lot of) oil.
New battery at 196K, £65.

And thats it! Top wagon. :thumbsup:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
9-3 2.2 Tid Vector
Saloon

81,500 miles Turbo intercooler failure
85,000 miles MAF sensor
92,000 miles starter motor failed
102,500 miles clutch failed
123,000 miles rear brake calliper seized
82,000 - 135,000 miles constant engine management light problems consisting mainly of glow plugs, manifold over pressure and loads of other problems.

In a word worst car I have ever, ever had to buy, I was made to buy a car over a weekend so as to start a new sales job on the Monday. Car came with AA warranty for 12 months which is why I bought it for work. Always under the impression Saab were reliable!

I cant wait to get rid of it and but a reliable car that doesn't cost a minimum of £300 every time a warning light comes on or there is a problem!
:mad:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
36 Posts
Saab 93 2.0t SE Convertable, 117000 miles, FSSH, still going strong, clock spring has gone rouge on me, heated rear window not very good but everything else works well!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
88 Posts
First time ive ever called for assistance in 10 years of SAAB ownership.......Clutch failed on my 2001 Aero Convertible.
95K on the clock, nearly 10 years old, owned nearly 3 years, first real trouble ive ever had, other than that no problems.......!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
63 Posts
Update on my 2000 93SE LPT auto convertible.
I bought it at the end of January 09 with 78K on the clock.
It has now done 162K - mainly motorway - a lot of miles in two years but it's still running great!

The only real failures are -
Gear selection switch (can't remember its real name), it means you get only third and top gear - troublesome in hilly country.
DI cassette.
N/S Rear window mechanism.

Other problems are -
Had both the SID and ACC pixel problems fixed by Simon deGare-Pitt (Excellent service).
Leaking roof hydraulic rams - replaced all four last summer with recons from SimplySaab in Bristol - that was an 'ouch' moment but nowhere near as expensive as new ones.

Current only problem is that both headlight wipers won't park - might get them fixed but I can live with it.

I think regular servicing (by Clive - CJ Motors near Henley) and motorway driving rather than round town are the key.

Still love it and hope it makes 200K miles - I've got to have one decent summer now the roof's working properly!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Saab 9-3 SE 2.0 Turbo - Registered: 2000

At 58K miles: Head gasket leaked, fortunately to the outside of the engine block, rather than into the pistons or oil.

At 62K miles: The coil pack failed and needed a complete replacement. Mechanic suspects a sensor shorted out taking the coil pack with it.

Misc:

Handbrake cable snapped at around 70k

Air bag warning light has come on (mechanic thinks the "clock spring" wire is defective).
Some of the pixels on the radio intermittently LCD don't work.

Mechanically otherwise (touch wood) it still feels like a new car.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Saab 9-3 SE 2.0 Turbo Convertible

Registered 2000 75K currently on clock 185bhp

Bulkhead Cracks fixed after purchase £450
SID Pixels Missing
New Front Disks circa £200 (Backs getting near due)
Intermitent Battery Warning Light (current)

Belt change on service history noted prior to purchase. Nothing else of note apart from the usual serviceable items.
Done approx 10k to date and haven't put a tyre on since purchase although probably due soon.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Bought my 2001 2.2tid SE in April 2010 with 114000 miles on the clock.

I didn't like the car at all in the beginning, probably due to the strange positioning of switches, having to leave it in reverse and not being able to rest my left foot alongside the clutch pedal, until I bent the pedal across, which caused the spring that controls the cruise control to fall out!

Changed oil and filters and gave her a general check over.

Sept M.O.T. replaced o.s.f wishbone £60

Dec. and the cold weather arrived meant replacing the battery at £60

April 2011 and I was 'given' a pair of new rear discs and pads from someone
that had bought and not used them, so I fitted them regardless that my own were in ok condition.

They had also gave me a set of front discs but unfortunately these were much larger than mine and I couldn't get them to fit.

But I did replace the Front Pads for £22

Then another Oil and filter change at 120,000

Now at 125,000 miles. Fuel consumption is around 40 - 45mpg locally and around 54mpg on a run, and I don't hang about.

Strangely, during the cold weather this did drop below the 40 mark for some reason.

Everything except the underbonnet diesel heater is working fine. I might look into this before next winter.

I love this cars looks, the engine torque and economy and the solid feel, but not so keen on the plastic dashboard, the strange control layout or the coarse engine idle, but I would still buy another!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16 Posts
Got my 2000 Saab 2.0 S Turbo as a non runner back in Feb 2011.

Brought with power steering failure and damaged Headlight + Front Bumper.

To get back on the road:

Power Steering Pump £40
Headlight £15
Front Bumper (same colour) £30

After a good clean (been sat idle all January), been driving everyday with no problems.

Mot due in July but booked for end of June. Going to be serviced too.

Changed rear Discs, Pads and handbrake shows too. New tyres all round and reattached heatshield by the back box as screw had snapped off.

It looks like the car hadn't been serviced for a while (oil filter is very rusty) but she going strong and no leaks i can see.

Such an easy car to work on, all jobs on the car apart from the tyres I have done on my own or with a mate to help.

Taking my car to the same place I do every year, J&S Motoring here in MK, £100 for service with free MOT.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
78 Posts
Apart from that, still flying great![/b]
Not flying anymore. Died about a week ago on the Coventry eastern bypass. But at 193,000 miles I can hardly complain. Breakdown people say a new Cranshaft Sensor is required: and I put it on ebay on that basis.

On the bright side I picked up a 2008 9-3 Aero TTID SW yesterday, and it's been on a short(!) trip to Yorkshire and back today, averaging around 50mpg at 80mph :)

Just need now for the buyer for my old 9-3 to actually pay up and collect it...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Hi two posts in one on reliability.

2004 to 2008 I had a saab9-3 2.0i. on s plate. by the time I finished with it I was upto 248k and wish I had done the rear springs/shocks/brakes etc at the time and probably still be going.
In my time with 45+k a year I needed to do the routine servicing, replacing brakes, oil, filters, lights, exhaust tyres etc only item to let me down was a snapped auxiliary belt at 195k, the front suspension needed upgrade at 200k, springs and shocks. it was even on the original clutch etc. So in my book it was totally reliable and had no issue whatsoever during that time.

Now have a recently purchased 9-3 2.0i on a V plate with 62k on the clock.

Sump off complete oil and filters change, now looking forward to 200k trouble free miles, fingers crossed.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
99 Viggen 3 door
235Bhp
Ive had it since new in 2000. Done 185,000km or about 110,000mls
SIDS failed just out of warrantee of 100k. Saab fixed it anyway for free.
Front brake rotors every time I change pads. (Often) needs bigger than 308 rotors.
Oil pick up blocked and starved oil pump. No damage done lukily. I now use synthetic oils.
Throttle body spring issues. Constantly. I resolve it myself now and disconnect the battery for 10mins to clear codes.
Gearbox failure recently. Just dropped it off to a gearbox specialist to repair. I dont have and exact diagnosis yet. However the symptoms are it wont hold 2nd or 4th at all. 1st, 3rd will hold in on acceleration and drop out unless held in on deceleration.
Dash rattle. (big deal)
Appart from the gearbox failing at 180,000km I cant say a bad word.
Im still in love with the missile
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
further to my viggen respone earlier.

Rims
ive had 4 straightened and 2 replaced and most likely need another 2 replaced now. They are too bloody soft. But nothing else looks good on a viggen.
Also drivers side leather seat stitching has failed. This wont be able to be matched either. (Bugger)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
63 Posts
Since my last update on this thread about a year ago, my yr2000 se lpt 93 convertible has now done 201,000 miles and STILL runs beautifully on the original engine.

The only failures since I've had it have been -
Gearbox Range Selection switch.
DI cassette.
N/S Rear window mechanism.
both the SID and ACC pixel problems fixed by Simon deGare-Pitt (Excellent service).
Leaking roof hydraulic rams - replaced all four summer of '2010 with recons from SimplySaab in Bristol.

It's been pretty good since last year (40K miles ago) with only -
A couple of bushes on the steering/suspension needing replacement,
Replaced head gasket in search of a slow coolant leak (wasn't the head gasket after all, but leak cured by RadWeld (I know, I know)
and in quick succession (within three weeks!) -
Fuel pump
Crankshaft Position Sensor
Idler pulley shattered taking the belt with it.

It's regularly serviced every 12K miles - who knows how long it will last? (Bagnall Saab in Birmingham tell me they know of someone with over 300K miles on the clock!).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Hi, We've had 2 x 9-3 SE 5 dr. The first was a '98 185 bhp bought new as a company car. 90k over three years & the only non-service related issue was a puncture! Absolute peach - I loved it.

We now have a '99 9-3 SE LPT bought in '06 from the first owner with 60k on the clock. When collected the wastegate was 'in bits' to quote my favourite garage (North Motors, Cheriton, Hants). Reassembled & all is well. Failures in 55k miles & 6 years have been a coil pack and the air-con compressor bearings failed (of course - the car was 200 miles away from home & it was 80+ degrees outside!). The head gasket is weeping a bit but not enough to worry about - yet. MoT has reported that the front struts are corroded but they don't need changing yet. SID failed & the DIY repair didn't last long so that's been changed too.

We'll keep it till it starts costing to much to maintain, but who knows when that'll be?
 
161 - 180 of 180 Posts
Top