1999 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

1999 Saab 9-3 Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 12 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"turbo" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"gearbox" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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1999 Saab 9-3 4 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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Unique, and a five speed

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Very hard to get parts for and expensive to fix

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I Just Love It — This thing has great acceleration, the turbo kicks in nice and smooth so you don't get whiplash. It did need some repairs recently, but it's pretty solid now. It is a five speed so it's a blast to drive. It even gets decent gas mileage depending on the driving. I can go about 100 miles on a quarter of a tank in the city.

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1999 Saab 9-3 4 Dr SE Turbo Hatchback Review
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Power

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winter driving

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Saab — I Like the power from the turbo, but with the 5-speed manual transmission it does really bad in the winters. The reapairs are another downside, finding a mechanic and the parts are expensive. Overall the car is fun to drive and sets me apart from the honda crowd.

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1999 Saab 9-3 4 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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Great handling, quirky fun to drive, good power

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expensive to repair, GMC quality cracks in places.

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Saab For The Long Run — Enjoyed it. 10 years old and I'm aiming for the 300,000 mile club. Has stood up well, design is just down looking dated but will move to quirky fairly quick. Great fun to drive, enjoy the safety features on this car only just now being added to American makes.

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1999 Saab 9-3 2 Dr Viggen Turbo Hatchback Review
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Safety, Comfort, economy

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Nothing and Everything

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Why Drive A Saab — Everyone knows I'm a Saab enthusiast. So my opinion is bias. Most people don't understand Scandinavian design and Saab unlike German company don't have the abundance of funds to engineer the hell out of there products. However what they do is make sure you're the most important part of their cars. Most premium cars are about them; You pay for the privilege of being part of the experience to be in the presence of such excellence. Owning a BMW for example is more akin to a Microsoft EULA. You don't actually own the car you just own a licence to use it. A Saab is different. It's not styled so people can oggle at it in awe. It won't turn a corner like a 3 series either. What it will do is get you from A-B in supreme comfort and It'll go around any corner you want to in any weather condition. On a long journey you won't even realise you just travelled 600mls and it'll feel more like you have just popped to the shops. Saab's excel in being great at everything, but have never perfected something specific. Porsche to me is a perfection in engineering performance. BMW the pinnacle of driving dynamics, Toyota for bullet proof reliability. Saab on the other hand should stand for a few things but because they are just a small car builder most don't see why a Saab should at least be worth a test drive. Saab virtually pioneered safety in vehicles, they invented heated and ventilated seats and were the first to bring anti-whiplash head restraints. Oh and one last thing; the Turbo engine to the masses not just to few prividged who could afford Porshce's and BMW's in the 70s. The car you drive tells others about who you are. Most Saab drivers will admit they are telling the world they are not a lamb, so if you want a safe car that has quite literally the best seats in the business, that you will enjoy driving on a daily basis, and gives you a rush when you put your foot down. That is fast without scaring the crap out of you and has more exclusivity than some of the top premium brands then a Saab is for you. In the answer to would I recommend my car to you, then my answer would be no; Get you own one

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1999 Saab 9-3 2 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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ALL OF THEM

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Can't think of one

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Saab Is The Word In Class — Best car ever owned, reliable, handling is amazing, 185BHP Fast is an understatement, 3 driving modes, looks so cool, only downside is interior is fabric would have been better in leather. Maintenance has been minimal, mainly only wear and tear. A solid built car no strange noises or tinny doors. Would I recommend this car Certinately NOT because if I did you would all own one and I could'nt burn you off or just have the coolest car around. x

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1999 Saab 9-3 2 Dr Turbo Convertible Review
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Beautiful, Unique and FUN! Born of Jets!!!

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Not holding up as well as it should at this point in its life

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My Saab — It is loud in the cabin and although it is almost 10 years old I only have 88,000. miles and the leather is bad, the stereo system and speakers are horrible. The cabin sometimes whistles when you are at higher speeds. The top is in great shape except now it is stalling when I go to put the top up. It is a beautiful eye catching car and is quick. I guess I am critical because I have previously owned 3 Lexus and they are the BEST cars ever built for comfort and performance!

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1999 Saab 9-3 2 Dr Viggen Turbo Hatchback Review
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33 MPG, Turbo, Great Tires

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Front wheel drive, SID is acting up

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This Car Is Full Of Features, And Will Always Impress — 2.0 turbo 5 speed manual trans power windows/locks/cruise/tilt/AC sunroof Front wheel drive 500 miles to a tank of gas

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1999 Saab 9-3 4 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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Most of it! :p

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My ACC pump has broken down. :(

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Best Car I've Had So Far... :) — Nice exterier, better interier. Got enough power under the hood for me. :p And probably the most comfortable seats ever built! :)

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1999 Saab 9-3 2 Dr Viggen Turbo Hatchback Review
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Interior, character, speed, responsiveness.

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Torque steer, tram lining, under steer, emblems keep falling off.

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This Is Your Captian Speaking, Fasten Seatbelts And Put Tray Tables Up... Its Go Time. — When looking for my first car, I was skeptical of going with anything but a domestic... Because I was a philistine when it came to the car world... A friend said I should go for a European built car. I had a look around and realized I couldn't find a BMW, Audi for a reasonable price, even used. So I dug deeper and saw SAAB. I was going to get a 93 SE but then came across an ad selling a 1999, Lightning Blue, Viggen. I decided to go for it for a reasonable price. When I went to pick it up I immediately fell in love with it. From a looks standpoint it has a very sleek stance, not very wide, but low and long. The interior is very comfortable, the backseats (even though you need a shoehorn, some lard and a bit of luck to get a bigger person into) are quite pleasant. The sound system has a very large sound for all the audio fanatics out there who lust more for the boom than the zoom. In the center of the dash is the SID, telling you everything from temperature, to that you have slacked off and forgot to put in some bug wash. Also in the view from the driver's seat is an easy 360ยบ view of whats around you as you drive. It has a fairly quiet ride (for a sports car) and the suspension takes up a good amount of road feel, so you aren't able to feel the date of a dime you've ran over, but it is also far from the numbness you would get in a heavier domestic. On the handling front, it tracks very well, responds quickly to driver input, and doesn't roll very much. It is almost impossible to get it to go out of control. With a 2.3 liter, turbocharged, (20lbs boost from factory) 4 cylinder, power plant pumping out a cool 225bhp and 256ft/lbs of torque, you will get you where you need to go and have enough time left over to fix your hair and change your underpants. The 5-speed transmission is very smooth to operate yet doesn't feel soft or sloppy. As a whole the car works very well on the rural winding roads of Canada's east coast, and also in the urban centers it has little trouble dealing with stop and go traffic. But there are cons, just like every car. It does have decent fuel mileage, that is until you want to get somewhere faster than your grandma. The turbo lag will leave you with a feeling of inadequacy, that is until it kicks in (usually reminding me of a certain Delorean reaching 80MPH). The torque steer will lock you into a turn if you only have one hand casually on the wheel, and one foot deep in the accelerator. Tram lining can raise some hair if you are on an uneven road surface and using all of what the engine has to offer. Under-steer can be a bit of a pain to on wet surface (and with bad tires), since it is front wheel drive and has enough torque to temporarily slow the earth's rotation. However with some minor after market modification (mainly steering rack and anti roll bar upgrades) this car glues to the road, and doesn't have trouble keeping the horses under the hood in line. Everyone knocks Saab owners calling them quirky, and weird, and calling their cars, quirky, and weird. Thats fine , I have no problem with that. However until you have had the chance to get behind the wheel of one, or ride shotgun, don't make fun. Saab has done good with this version of their 93. So instead of going out and buying a $15,000 car and putting 10k of plastic and audio systems to it look around and maybe find something worth keeping stock. I'm not saying Saab is the best company to import their automobiles to the Americas, but they are certainly not the ones to bear the brunt when it comes to making fun of imports, save that for KIA, or Hyundai.

Owner for 1 years, 5 months

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1999 Saab 9-3 4 Dr Turbo Hatchback Review
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Great city and highway car.

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Rarely got out of 2nd gear in the city!

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This Car Cornered On Rails. — Very reliable and comfortable car to drive. All power options including sun roof and heated seats. Kick ass sound system. Only problem was having to replace tires twice a year as I kept burning them off.

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2011 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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2010 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Awesome Looking And Driving Vehicle! By MikeV3

This is a very nice vehicle. It drives well and handles better. This car has the XWD (cross-wheel drive) and is great in snow and leather seats are heated and very comfortable. It also has 17" 5-st... Read More

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2009 Saab 9-3 Reviews

I Like It By saabfanchi

I miss the button dash Saab like my 2006 9-3 that I sold. This one has a very GM dash with the GM radio and the knobs for the climate control look like they come from the GM Europe parts bin. Read More

Saab 9-3 Aero Xwd By Ho

Performance - acceleration good 0-60 about 5.5 sec, braking good, handling good, Seat comfort good Build Quality - No major repair done. But some small repairs. Appearance - Exterior looks sharp and ... Read More

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2008 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Bmw Sucks ! Drive A Saab By Jan

One of the best cars you can get. It can outrun a bmw, audi and merc. And still it runs cheaper on fuel. Service bills are cheaper also. I have the 180 bhp Twin turbo diesel now. It holds 400NM of to... Read More

The Seats... The Seats ... The Seats... By AMME

I have owned three Saab convertibles, but this is the finest. No problems what-so-ever. Performance and handling are great as is the build quality. A quiet and fun ride. An amazing car, if you en... Read More

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2007 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Beautiful, Fun, And Safe Car That Is Very Fun And Zippy To Drive. By kc603

I loved this car! It was my second Saab and I couldn't have asked for more in a car. It performed the way I wanted it to, was easy for me to take care of, and always kept me safe. I also loved the lit... Read More

Great Drive Great Price By Bizzizle

Overall superb vehicle. It doesnt exceed at anything, but it does everything well. Commuter vehicle, road warrior, work truck, and anything in between. Its done them all and performed like a champ.... Read More

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