Driving habits are everything. A car that's frequently driven short distances and never warms up is going to be very subject to sludge issues. Even not-Saabs. My buddy's bought a Hyundai Tiburon new, and essentially only drove it three miles to work and back every day for years. When that motor failed at low mileage, we took it apart and found the engine was filled with gunk. Never getting hot means moisture accumulates in the pan, and low speeds mean that combustion debris doesn't get sucked out. That's the potential for sludge. Add in a fine oil pickup strainer that prevents goopy, crusty oil from getting to the filter and voila, that **** sits in the pan forever. Slowly increasing in mass & displacing good, liquid oil. Then you toss in long oil change intervals where a person might take more than a year to rack up enough miles to warrant a change and , daaaayum.
I have no proof, but I'm pretty convinced the reason we saw some 9-3s die early deaths and others never have an issue was because of driving habits. That's what I'd be looking at.