Saab 9-3 Convertible (02 - 12)

Saab 9-3 Convertible (02 - 12) review

Advice for buyers
(2002 - 2012)
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What should I look for in a used Saab 9-3 sports?

To be sure a turbo engine at its best, you should always look for a full service history. Dealer stamps are best, but specialist marks are an acceptable second, especially on older cars. Beware of garages which don't know what they're doing - the turbo engines drink a particular type of oil, and only those who know what they're doing will have used it.

On a test drive, run the engine until it's hot and then rev the car when stationary. If you get blue or black smoke from the exhaust, then there's a good chance the turbo has failed. Walk away. And, do the same if there's any sludge on the inside of the oil filler cap. It's probably a sign of head gasket failure.

The hood mechanism is generally reliable, but there was a recall to stop the hydraulic pipes getting trapped, so make sure it's been done. And, as you would on any convertible, check the hood for wear and tear.

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Is a used Saab 9-3 sports reliable?