2001 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

2001 Saab 9-3 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 23 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 10 reviews
"power" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"turbo" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews

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Robert writes:
2001 Saab 9-3 SE Review
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safety, practicality, performance

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maintanence cost

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01' Saab 9-3 — This is my current daily driver. It is unbelievably fun to drive on the highway where you can get the turbo spooling and providing instant accelleration. It gets ok mileage (20-22mpg city). During the winter, this car shines. It drives better in the snow than many 4WD cars that I have driven and handles all bad weather with confidence. In the winter, I will take my saab over a subaru any day of the week. I often move small furnature, and haul drapery rods in the car. It can fit a 113" rod inside with the trunk closed. I recently put a fully assembled weber grill inside the car standing up and closed the hatch. Maintanence costs are a bit frustrating. It seems you have to take the car to the dealor for everything. Even getting lightbulbs must be done through Saab in order for the dash computer to staop saying "rear light failure" everytime you start the car. I am a believer in the fact that my mechanic is just as good if not better than the guys at the dealor but sometimes, the parts availability or special procedures that you need to know in order to work on this quirky car make me have to go to the dealor. As far as safety goes, I am proof of the fact that these cars are amazingly safe. I was in an accident where i was hit on the drivers side front of the car by someone pulling into the street from a parking lot at 30+mph. (it was a tremendous act of stupidity on their part) I walked away from the accident and am convinced that in many other cars, I would not have been so fortunate. above all, they fixed my car instead of tataling it because it was still structurally sound. Despite maintanence costs. The combination of performance and practicality makes me a saab believer.

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Catie writes:
2001 Saab 9-3 SE Review
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4

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Turbo is great. Reliable. Inexpensive. All around good car.

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Not a lot of cupholders or compartments. Doesn't have a great sound system.

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Great Car — Great car. Turbo makes it a lot faster than it looks. Accelerates pretty quickly. Handling is not spectacular but not too bad. Quiet comfortable ride. Reliable. No squeaks/rattles. Gets ~20mpg. Not a lot of maintenance. Also maintenance isn't very expensive. I personally love this car. It's not really a looker. But I love to drive it, and it's great for long trips and as a daily driver.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kenny writes:
2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen Convertible Review
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4

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Very econimical, yet powerful hight output turbo 2.3  4 cylinder engine. Smooth and comfortable ride. Fun to drive!!

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resale prices aren't great

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Beatiful Peice Of Engineering — I love the car, great miles to the gallon, I get 500-550 miles to the tank, about 32MPG. Awesome acceleration, you have to fight the torque steer in second gear though. Rides and handles great, sticks to the road like glue. The most comfortable seats I've ever sat in. Over all a great sunday cruising car, or dailey driver.

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Nathan writes:
2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen Review
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Great performance in a four door package. Exclusivity only 2500 a year weir produced world wide

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The CID all of them loose pixels.  Front wheel drive

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The Viggen — I love this Car!! I have now owned for three years. I love the way it drives, the way it looks and they way people look at it and you can see them thinking what the hell is that. They know it's a Saab but most have no idea why it looks different and better. I also have to say it's very nice having a car that goes like a bat out of hell and corners great especially for a front wheel drive car but can still holdme, my wife and two kids comfortably on a four hour road trip.

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Nathaniel writes:
2001 Saab 9-3 Base Review
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4

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Overall a very good car. Would buy it again many times over.

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My only beef, I wish I had sprung for the leather interior.

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My Saab Story — Performance This car has a nice little turbo, that gives that extra punch when needed. The second gear acceleration will throw you back in your seat. Build Quality The Swedes at Saab really payed attention to detail with the interior, lots of satisfying creature comforts even for the passengers in the back. Appearance I'm biased cause it's my car but despite being 11 years old this car still looks like to could have come off the lot last year, the styling is new and current, even today. Cost of Ownership The 4 cylinder turbo puts out 185 hp while still getting 8-9L/100km very good on gas. Though with the current situation with Saab parts are a pain to get, not that you need them that often. Fun Factor The turbo, makes this little thing a hoot to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dezmon writes:
2001 Saab 9-3 Base Review
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5

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Turbo

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Cant fit 20"-  22"

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Eye Candy... — Its foreign.. Made by aircraft company..In my SaaB Jet..Stealth power. Rarity. Everyday usability. Manual transmission. Heated seats. Seat memory. Steering wheel audio controls. Overall luxury... Comfy interior, versatile hatchback model, torquey turbo motor, i mean business personality. More power? Aftermarket kits are available. Better handling? Again, check the aftermarket. It is a powerful FWD car, torque steer and understeer are part of the package!

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Taylor writes:
2001 Saab 9-3 SE Review
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Acceleration out of this world, nice interior features, quirky styling.

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Turbo lag! And alotta torque.

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My 2001 Saab 93 Manual — Amazing off the line, I find myself taking porches and holding any high end car as long as they don't have a supercharger or a turbo. With just under 15k miles when I bought it, I have just hit 30k this week, other than 2 flat tires, absolutely no repairs have been needed, the handing is alittle boaty in the back, it could really use new roll bars aswell as coilovers and dampeners. Brakes are average. Exterior is nice, very small for a 4 door, although no one can sit behind me when my seat is in its normal driving postion. Back in 2001 when I first saw the car (back when I was 10 before I could even drive) it was the first car that I had never seen with power seats on both sides aswell as heated seats, for a 2001 car it's pretty loaded. Sadly the only interior problem would be the SID (System information display) has alotta pixels that are dead which makes things look bad. Other than that, everything works. I get around 22-26mpg with me beating on it every day.

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aboutbob writes:
2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen Review
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fun to drive, turbo has lots of power, brakes good, Viggen sport package, had since  new now has 200,000 miles

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tires wear out quickly, has road noise although tires make a difference

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Great Ride — Great family car that's fun to drive, haven't had any problems other than normal wear and tear on a car of this age and mileage, still going strong. Maintenance costs seem about right for a European car of this caliber, not as high as most others

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Teddy writes:
2001 Saab 9-3 SE Convertible Review
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Fast, fun to drive

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Cup holders aren't that great

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It's A Fun Car — It was pretty fast, went from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds. It was a convertible so obviously it was fun to drive especially with the top down. It was pretty good on gas got about 25 to the gallon. Overall it was a good car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Neumann writes:
2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen Review
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Acceleration, fuel econony, huge trunk, programmable speed alert warning

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Too fun to drive in traffic!

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If You Can Find A Viggen, Get It! — The Viggen is a fun car to drive. Great acceleration without turbo lag. 32+ mpg highway. It is a sweet looking car that is a bit of a sleeper. Torque steer is known issue despite torque being limited in 1st & second gear. Hang on and enjoy the ride!

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2007 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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