I recently emailed you about buying a Saab 9-3 and I greatly appreciate the advice. I have more specifics for you though: the car I'm looking ot buy is a 2002 9-3 turbo 4 door Hatchback with about 54,000 miles on it. I believe it is a corporate fleet car (I think). The car is going for about $10,000. Would you recommend buying this given this information? My friend warned me about the expensive nature of turbo engines - this worries me a bit, but I wanted to get an experts opinion.
Posted Mar 21st by Lauren the owner of a Saab 9Saab
Answers from the Automotive Experts
The 2002 9-3 is a great car. You need to check the service history. If the oil was changed every 5000 miles, you should not have any problems with the turbo charger if you continue to change the oil at the same interval. Turbocharged cars are only expensive if you do not take care of them. The price sounds very fair. You may want to purchase an extended warranty that would cover the turbo charger along with any other major components. Read the fine print on any warranty before you buy it. Remember it is a used car and as a car gets older it will need repairs. The maintanence cost should run $800 - $1200 per year. Are you buying the car from a dealer, ask them to include the 60,000 mile service on the car when you buy it. Good Luck!
〉 Answered on Mar 21st, 2007 by Jenny Trostel, Partner at Anderson of Hunt Valley