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4.6 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 23 reviews
2001 Saab 9-3 Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 23 reviews
The Saab 9-3 returns for 2001 with three body styles, but the Base Convertible has been dropped from the lineup. OnStar and traction control are now standard on all 9-3 models. A few new color options debut this year, and the sedans get new 15-inch alloy wheels.
All 9-3 variants are equipped with the basics: power windows, power locks, air conditioning and cruise control. The Convertible is available in SE and Viggen trims, while the Coupe is offered in Base and Viggen styles. The five-door sedans comes in all three levels: Base, SE, and Viggen.
All 9-3 engines are variations of a turbocharged inline four cylinder. The Base level 9-3s, regardless of body style, are powered by a 2.0 liter version, which generates 185 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission, while a four-speed automatic is optional. The SE models also house the 2.0 liter mill, but the turbo is boosted here for 205 horsepower and 209 pound-feet of torque. The transmissions options are the same. The powerful Viggen is set apart by its 2.3 liter turbocharged four, which churns out 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Only a five-speed manual transmission is offered.
Owners of the SE and Viggen models have expressed satisfaction with the strong turbo acceleration, but expert reviewers warn of severe torque steer, which hampers the overall feeling of control. Many owners admit to buying the 9-3 for its unique styling, but a considerable number of those owners express disappointment with the car's reliability. Many report small but nagging problems, which are then complicated by expensive service and scarcity of parts.
Favorite features include OnStar, traction control, heated seats, and the interior flexibility of the five-door hatchback. The dash-mounted cup holders have been widely panned, or at least by those who dislike coffee all over their dashboard.
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Saab 9-3 Questions
Where Can I Find The Fuel Pump Speed Control Module On A 2001 Saab 9-3
hello i have had so much work done to this car. its seems like i fix one thing something else breaks..but now this is what the mechanic is saying after i just replaced the fuel pump. it cut off on m...
2001 Saab Electrical Issues
I have a 2001 Saab that has seen better days. The other day I was on the highway when my car stopped accelerating, all of my lights came on (engine, ABS, everything) and my blinker stopped working.I...
How Do I Unlock Both Sides Of Rear Seat Of 2001 Saab 9-3 Se With Key Slot O...
Found the keyhole to insert key - on driver's side on street side of rear headrest. Turn key and that side of back of seat releases to fold down, but other side not budging - no movement, no sound. ...
Loses Power At 4000rpm
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Cockpit Fan Noise
I own a 2001 Saab 93 convertible that has an annoying fan type noise coming from under the dash. It sounds like a slow moving fan blade hitting something. It only occurs when the car is running and it...