Used Saab 9-3 Convertible 1998 - 2002 review

Category: Convertible

Section: Advice for buyers

1998 - 2002 review
Used Saab 9-3 Convertible 1998 - 2002
  • Used Saab 9-3 Convertible 1998 - 2002
  • Used Saab 9-3 Convertible 1998 - 2002
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Saab 9-3 sports?

The build quality is generally very good, and the cars cope well with high miles. However, service history is important and the Turbos need the right oil to run at their best. A dealer or specialist will know this, but look out for sludgy oil that can indicate engine problems.

A full service history also shows that the previous owners have taken care of the car and not tried to skimp on maintenance. Timing chains have a habit of rattling on engines and can eventually fail, so ensure they are checked.

As part of any test drive, make sure you rev the engine when stationary - if you get blue smoke from the exhaust when it's hot, the car probably needs a new turbo.

If the car's handling is a little sloppy (well, more sloppy than normal) it could be that the suspension bushes need replacing.

Last, but not least, also check the condition of the hood carefully. If it needs replacing, you'll be looking at a big bill.


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