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2000 Saab 9-3 Overview
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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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Saab 9-3 Questions
I Think My 2000 Saab 9-3 Se Convertible Has An Electrical Issue
the top, antenna and side view mirror controls have all stopped working and no physical issue can be found. Is is very expensive to have this diagnosed/repaired?
A/c Not Working
MY ac does not work and radater fan is not going on all 3 ac fuses are good and fan relay is working I would like to know want to check
Saabs And Gm Takeover
When did GM take over Saab production? What year? I have a 2000 model and I think it's a true Saab automobile...Am I right?
9 3 Turbo How To Tell If Turbo Has Gone
driving along then noticed a lot off smoke comining from exhaust it has stop now any ideals
Problem With Fuse 35 Not 28 As Posted Earlier, Please Help
2000 SAAB 9-3 - slow draining of the battery we have isolated the draw to fuse # 35 (security system, interior lights etc) and also my front winshield wiper will not cut off this morning, I had to pul...