Never owned a Saab, but my present car is rusted out and Saabs of the
early 2000s are selling pretty cheaply in Toronto Canada.
I would be looking for a 9-3 2.0 with five-speed as the best on gas
(it's expensive in Toronto) and probably the most fun.
I would want a hatchback, probably 5-door, but 3-door would do in a
pinch. Doubt I'll see any wagons, although they'd be my top
preference. (Wagons are so useful.)
On the one hand, I did just about all maintenance on my '78 Trans Am
(whose rear springs are about to poke through the floor), and '87 K-
car wagon, so I have the typical tools of an experienced home
mechanic. On the other hand, I don't really know anything about Saab
other than they are niche cars.
What would the likely problem points be in an early 2000s Saab? I know
rust is always a concern around here. How do Saabs of that vintage
stand up to high mileage? What are the major service items, scheduled
and unscheduled? I don't even know if the 2.0 uses a timing belt or
To some extent, I figure I can get a nice car fairly cheap, so if
lasts even a couple of years without too many problems, I get my
money's worth. I wouldn't want ongoing issues, or immediate need for
expensive service. That's where I'd prefer to spend an extra thousand
or two to purchase a car in good condition. Just need to figure out
what to look for.