Saab 9-3X Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
4.3
12 Reviews
Overall
4.3
Value
4.1
Performance
4.0
Style
4.5
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
3.3
Reliability
3.4

Saab 9-3X Owner Ratings & Reviews

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2008 Saab 9-3X - A Saab story

Eric
San Diego, California
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
5.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
2.0
I purchased this car in 2015 for $5,500 in cash, and at the time, it had 85,000 miles. I has a black exterior and a brushed aluminum and black leather interior. I installed new wheels on the car and upgraded the engine with a high performance tune, downpipe, and catback exhaust system. The car has a 2.8L V6 turbo engine that is currently outputting 420 hp to the crack and 510 ft. lbs. of torque. Each time that I drive it, I am pushed back into my seat by the power of the turbocharged engine. It is a great car to pass other cars in freeway traffic, and most people do not expect its speed. The only thing that I dislike about the car is that it is FWD, which means that there is a lot of understeer when pressing on the accelerator.
Story
One of the most fun I had with this car was taking it to a drag strip and putting it head to head with BMWs, Mercedes, and Audis that thought that they would easily beat me. When I pressed down on the gas and accelerated ahead of them, they were surprised by the speed of my car. They did not expect a Saab to beat them in a drag race. I had a huge smile on my face the entire time.
Pros
This car is a great bang for buck. It has the luxury and performance of a BMW for less than half of the cost. I love how fast the car is on the freeway. Many people do not expect this car to accelerate so fast, so it is fun seeing a passenger's face when you press down on the gas. I have driven this car 30,000 miles since buying it, and during this time, I have only done regular maintenance such as oil changes, tires, and brakes. It has not had any major mechanical problems since I bought it. The cars design has aged well, and I constantly receive compliments on my car. Even though it is m... (more)
Cons
The primarily reasons someone may not want to buy this car today are that Saab does not exist anymore as a car manufacturer. This makes it hard to find parts for this car if something does go wrong with it. Additionally, not many auto shops work on Saabs anymore, so in order to service the car, it is important to find an auto shop that specializes in European cars and Saabs. These cars are not easy to work on, and a regular auto shop will not have the knowledge to property repair the car. Additionally, if something major does go wrong with the car, then repairs are expensive. For example, ... (more)

2009 Saab 9-3X - Unfortunate

James
70593
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
3.0
The 9-3X wagon is one of the best cars I have owned up until recently. I have concluded that maintaining a Saab is only going to be harder as years go past. Since Saab has gone out of business, it has made it harder to find parts for my 9-3X, and it only has 87,000 miles. The interior has held up well and is very comfortable; the motor has been excellent. The electrical has been a nightmare bulbs, fuses, relays you name it. If I didn't have issues replacing these parts, then I think I would like the car much more.
Story
Driving all over my territory for sales meetings. Has dependable for commuting.
Pros
Has done 87K without big repairs, seats are nice, suspension ride is great.
Cons
Electrical

2009 Saab 9-3X - Quirky car

David
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Overall
5.0
Value
4.0
Performance
5.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0
My 2009 Saab 9-3 is one of the best cars I have ever owned. I have owned this car for five years or so without major mechanical failures. The only money I had to put into the car was because of the pothole-filled roads of West Virginia we use to drive on. Because of some bad pot holes, I had to replace a lot of the front end suspension on the car. I in no way feel the parts on the car were bad for any other reason. That being said it has its quirks and is something you will either love or hate. For example, the chocolate cooler in the glove box appears to have no use but is something I find endearing. The sprayers for the headlights are an interesting feature that I have not found to be vital but is still something cool. Other features that I do enjoy are the automatic windows that hav... (more)
Story
These cars are known for eating front tires and uneven wear. Well one time like in a commercial I just seen recently, we blew out a tire. No big deal, we have a spare. Well about 20 minutes later, the other front tire goes. At that point, there is nothing we could do no one cares two spares around. We ended up calling his parents, interrupting their dinner and having them drive an hour to pick... (more)
Pros
Heated seats. Controls on steering wheel. Back window locks. Arm rest in back. Small trunk access in center of back seat. Automatic headlights.
Cons
Eats front tires. Shifter sticks and car won't turn on. Tire pressure sensors always say tires are low. Random failure of systems warnings when everything still works. Melted headlight casing.

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