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SAAB 9-3 turbo acceleration question by Gianluigi: 2003 Saab 9-3 (2.0 Turbo Engine)?
So I am looking to buy a 2003 Saab 9-3 with the 2.0 Turbo Engine; automatic/trip tronic. It has 127k miles and I am going to pay about 6,000 for it. Although I have heard some things about the Turbo Engines not being as reliable and they have issues? Also that these cars and engines are expensive/difficult to fix. One more things is that I also heard these cars require a lot of oil changes? I am not a car expert so can some one answer my questions please and tell me if this is a good purchase or not. Also can someone explain what the “trip tronic” is? Much appreciated :) !

SAAB 9-3 turbo acceleration best answer:

Answer by saab_9_3
I am assuming this is the non-convertible version. That version used the older Saab-Scania engine and unless it had oil changes every 3000 miles you should steer clear. They had bad ventilation which could cause early oil sludge and used an ignition cassette system that failed every 60,000 miles or so and strands the car until $ 600 or more is invested to replace it.

Assuming this is a sedan, this was the first use of the GM ecotec 2.0 liter engine in turbo form. The 2003 model year had a lot of electrical issues, many of which were resolved in 2004 and all were resolved by 2006. While the engine and turbo may be reliable, you may have other problems with the “heads up” dashboard display conking out (the computer cable unplugs on severe bumps sometimes and unless you know what you are doing, it is not easy to reattach and can cost $ 500 to do so – and it is necesary as if anything goes wrong it is the display that warns you of what is wrong – so it needs to be functioning). Another frequent electrical problem this model year deals with the immobilzer system that is under the driver’s seat. This disables the car when someone tries to steal it. Problem is, it sometimes develops a short that model year (solved in 2005) and when it does, the car is disabled until it is replaced – runs about $ 1000 to fix.

So although the engine is pretty good and with good oil changes using the GM Oil Life Management System (OLMS) at a maximum of 10,000 miles, it should be good to last between 150,000 and 200,000 without severe engine problems – if it was well maintained until now. So if they have all the service records for you to review, and you are okay with the electrical isues, you may do okay here. Just buyer beware that although the engine can be good, the electical system is probably not going to be perfect.

By the way, the electronic engine controls developed by Saab for the Garrett/Mitsubishi (depending on the model run either provider provided the turbo for the GM engine) are called triptonic engine controls. They are well known for providing minimal turbo lag in acceleration and was highly desired by GM when they acquired Saab. These same engine controls with minimal turbo lag are used in the Buick Regal Turbo of today, the Buick Verano turbo coming in 2013, and the Cadillac ATS 2.0 turbo coming out now. A version of these controls were also used on the first 2010 and 2011 Cadillac SRX cars that had the 2.8 liter V6 engine (that was used briefly in the 9-4X as well for Saab).

Good luck, hope all of this helps you in your decision.

Originally posted 2014-02-22 04:26:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


  1. Petju Tenshi says:

    She goes!

  2. Henry Forber says:

    She Blows

  3. Joshua Parry says:

    I got a Saab I love it! 2005 Saab 9-3 Areo,Saab is so Under raided,which is
    fine cause the Saab family is Unique.I always get cars that i can call
    rare,Don’t wanna see 10 of my Cars while driving to the store,Its a
    privilege to drive a Saab ! Besure to stop by Mrgonemadtm and watch my saab
    beat a STI

  4. Nice song .. realy .. very relaxing man 

  5. DuBstep115 says:

    at them moment if i compare audi 2001 a4 1,8t cost 4-5k and 2007 9-3 aero
    6k being less driven and more electricks + more power

  6. linus mehrabi says:

    Fuck the smart people like you Andersson. You can drive 260km/h with jaguar
    xj,2013 with 5 lit engine ,but i have driven 260 with SAAB93 suck

  7. jimmypojken says:

    I only pay around 750$ in insurance on my 9-3 Aero in Sweden. It all
    depends on age and insurance company.

  8. KozmiicHeatLobby says:

    what year?

  9. macbookpro57 says:

    Wow that thing has a really quiet engine

  10. MrJacksCars says:

    There needs to be more 67 year olds like you on the roads.

  11. chenskiy100 says:

    Не плохо очень не плохо!!! Мне понравилось;)

  12. candy-ass roodypoo says:

    lost abit of traction

  13. Michael O'Malley says:

    Tom Anderson you sir are a twat

  14. Christopher Glafenhein says:

    um why? full throttle, full boost

  15. TigreLoko24 says:

    @MR10000XD FAST.. 14-15 Sec @ 1/4 Mile..

  16. adamuspapam says:

    he hit the speed limiter in 155mph / 255 kmh

  17. BrutalMind1984 says:

    Wow good job I can’t get mine past 140 mph.

  18. Maybe, but speed limiter doesn’t change gear ratio suddenly

  19. @laffy991 100% pressure?