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2000 Saab 9-3 Overview
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Based on 20 reviews
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
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...
Have A 2000 Saab 9-3 Turbo Convertible. Water Is Coming Out The Pipe That G...
After car sits and run water comes out pipe at radiator. It comes out the pipe that connects the radiator to the reservoir, out the end at the radiator. When you turn off car water still comes out til...
Not Hearing The Indicator Chime That It Is Secured Or It Is Ready To Be Sec...
I have a 2000 9.3 convertible SAAB. When I let down the top, I'm not hearing the indicator chime that it is secured or it is ready to be secured when raising it back up.
Is It Possible To Get A Smaller Belt To Bypass The Air Con Condenser As The...
The pulley that the belt goes around to drive the air con condenser has become lose, cost to replace the condenser nearly £500, car to old for that but I have been told that it might be possible to ge...
Schematics To Reconnect Hydraulic Hoses To Convertible Top Motor
someone disconnected hoses and did not label, need diagram to reconnect.