Out of 15 million tested vehicles in 10 vehicle classes, german DEKRA (vehicle inspection company) creates a specific fault profile (DEKRA Used Car Report 2015) in 3 mileage ranges for each type of vehicle – from 0 to 50.000 Kilometers, from 50.001 to 100.000 Kilometers and from 100.001 to 150.000 Kilometers.
For the DEKRA Used Car Report 2015 they create an accurate type and vehicle-specific faults profile for a vehicle model from the results collected over 2 years from vehicle testing in Germany. So that you receive reliable information, Dekra only give numerical values if, in the relevant mileage range, at least 1,000 vehicles of a particular model have been inspected.
Saab 9-3 model score superbly in the fault statistics even with high mileages
Saab 9-3 (2008-2012) is classified in Medium class, in which achieved above average results, with a minimum number of faults in 100,000–150,000 km mileage range.
↑ Symbol for vehicle models that are among the top third with the best ratings
↗ Symbol for vehicle models that are in the top third
DEKRA comments on Saab 9-3: The classic Saab driver is usually loyal to their vehicle for many years and places importance on regular maintenance, which helps the 9-3 model to score superbly in the fault statistics even with high mileages. It is only broken chassis springs and oil leaks from the engine and gearbox that were identified more often. Lighting faults can usually be repaired quickly without any problems.
- Broken chassis springs
- Defective brake disc wear pattern
- Oily engine/gearbox
SAAB 9-5 The best in “Discontinued popular models” vehicle class!
In Class “Discontinued popular models” Saab 9-5 is at the top, with a minimal number of faults at high mileage, up to 200.000 km!
DEKRA comments on Saab 9-5 (YS3E, 1997–2010): The Saab 9-5 fares well in its vehicle class in the fault index. Despite its overall good image there are also a few specific problems with this vehicle. The shock absorbers, stabiliser bearings and transverse links are very prone to rapid wear. The engine and gearbox, in particular turbo engines, frequently lose oil. Added to this is the corrosion on the exhaust system.
- Unsatisfactory brake disc wear pattern
- Defective/leaky shock absorbers
- Corrosion on exhaust