Used Saab 9-3 Saloon (2002 - 2011) Safety & Reliability

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Jun 2014
The Saab 9-3 saloon is a car styled after an aeroplane. The Saab brand has always appealed to buyers looking for something a little different to the mainstream and the 9-3 is a prime example.

4 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    5 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    1 out of 5

Saab 9-3 saloon safety is fairly good. The 9-3 gained a maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating and was one of the first cars to do so. The body structure is tough and all models come with driver, passenger and side airbags, ABS and EBD, strong deadlocks, unique-fit stereo and an advanced alarm/immobiliser.

4 out of 5


Saab 9-3 saloon reliability shouldn't pose too many problems. Previous Saabs have a reputation for longevity and the 9-3 should hopefully continue that trend. It doesn't feel quite as well built as previous Saab's however and we have heard reports of some glitches with electrics and issues with six-speed gearbox on early cars.

Car check problem points


No problems reported.


A recall in 2005 where they may be a leak from the fuel pump.


Check for slow electric window motors. A recall in 2005 for a front seat belt issue and another in 2006 for a rear axle hub problem. There was a second recall in 2006 where braking performance could be reduced and in 2007 a recall for a handbrake fault.