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2000 Saab 9-3 Overview


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Base Convertible
16 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,514
Base Coupe
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $4,018
Base Sedan
10 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,155
10 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,051
SE Convertible
Avg. Price: $4,556
Avg. Price: $4,823
Viggen Convertible
Viggen Coupe

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4.25 stars

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Viggen..... Thunder From Above! by deltaspeed93
 — I have always wanted a Viggen! I got it and I love it!...Would not want anything else. The acceleration 25+ MPH is unbeatable for a stock car and braking is some of the best I have experienced besides... Read More
My 2000 Saab 9-3 Convertible by Jarrod
 — I like this little guy. It's fun to drive and kinda quick. It has a stock boosted 2.0 liter that will run a 15.65 in the quarter mile which isn't to shabby in my opinion. It'll even beat some of th... Read More
Saab Dream by Carl
 — fantastic all year sports car fast, comfortable just great the roof is silky smooth eklectric in about 20 seconds from fully open to fully closed, great road holding excellent air con and even pretty ... Read More

2000 Saab 9-3 Overview

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2000 Saab 9-3

The Saab 9-3 entered its second year of production in 2000, continuing with three available body styles.  The 9-3 replaced the long-running 900, and it is built upon the same platform as the Cadillac BLS.  

The Saab 9-3 received several updates for 2000.  Highlights included redesigned 15-inch alloy wheels on the base models, OnStar now optional across the board, and boosted power for the SE and Viggen models.  The Viggen is also now available as a convertible and a sedan, in addition to the coupe.

There are eight variants of the 9-3: three convertibles, two coupes, and three sedans.  The convertible and sedan are offered in Base (STD Turbo), SE HO, and Viggen styles.  The coupe comes in Base and Viggen trims.

Base and SE styles house different variations of a turbocharged inline four engine.  The Base model is supplied with 185 horsepower, while the SE's engine makes 205 hp.  Either engine can be paired with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.  Mixed driving fuel economy falls in the mid-20s (mpg) for both engines.  Viggen models house a 2.3 liter inline four, which generates 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.  This power plant is only available with a five-speed manual transmission.  All 9-3s are front-wheel drive.

Owners have expressed satisfaction for the 9-3's impressive combination of performance and fuel economy.  Some drivers report highway fuel economy of almost 30 mpg.  However, the overall 9-3 ownership experience has been marred by a variety of reliability problems.  Common owner issues include electrical, water pump, turbo, and brake problems.  Owners also warn that Saab service can be very costly.  Awkward cup holder placement was also frequently cited as a feature in need of improvement.


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2000 Saab 9-3 2.0 4 Dr Hatchback. Front Brakes Lock Up

front brake lock up. have new brake pads, rotors, calipers & brakes hoses. Checked brake booster & thats good. No leaks. What else could it be??

28 views with 4 answers (last answer about a week ago)

How Can I Fix Coolant Leak On Saab 9-3 Se ( Source Unknown) ?

Leaked coolant is found on the under side of the Oil Filter

445 views with 7 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)

No Crank And No Start And No Wireless Key Function On 2000 Saab 9-3 Se Conv...

Worked great yesterday. Have had starter issues over the last year. These solutions have "worked" temporarily (weeks, or months at a time) Battery is fully charged at 12+ volts and all connections a...

152 views with 18 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

Manual Transmission - Popping Out Of 5th Gear

Hello. My 2000 9-3 SE, 2.0 HOT is popping out of 5th gear upon any excess load (going up hill, acceleration, etc.) 1st through 4th gears are fine, and stay in place. What has worn out, and what par...

759 views with 35 answers (last answer 5 months ago)

How Many Hp(kw) In My Saab 9-3, 2000/12, 2.0 Model Code Db204, Chassis N Is...

I know that my car have 130hp, but our police not agree with my and said that it have 154hp

44 views with 3 answers (last answer 6 months ago)