2001 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

2001 Saab 9-3 Review Ratings

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  • 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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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

aboutbob
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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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2001 Saab 9-3 Base Review
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10+ year Saab 9-3 owner - very reliable and great car for Minnesota winters.

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Company no longer exists.

mbleakmore
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Saab Story — I bought a new Saab 9-3 in 2001 shortly after the GM acquisition. I never cared for the new sedan styling GM rolled out and have held out from buying a new one. Now the company is bankrupt and is no longer producing new cars. I am, however, looking at 2011s bought from auction as a last time opportunity to get a Saab.

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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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2001 Saab 9-3 SE Review
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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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Best car to drive.

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Nothing sucks about a Saab.

Gallagher
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Saabs Are Dependable, Fast, And Fun To Drive. — I Love Saabs!! They are very safe, they are great on gas, fun to drive, super fast when you want, comfortable, and stylish. My insurance is very reasonable. My saab has never let me down. Saabs are very dependable and safe.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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Comfortable, Fast ,Good looking, great storage (for a cab)

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...that its not faster ;)

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Take Her Out...drive Her, Enjoy Her...love Her. — Take her out...drive her, enjoy her...love her. Nice apperance. No problem taking it on a 4 week roadtrip...manage cold and warm weather. And these days with a company that was on its way to be closed...and all the owners and fans all over the world who made their voice heard. We are one family...

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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reliable, safe, efficient

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not great acceleration until on the highway

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Love It, Want Another — Very reliable, good and unique looking, lots of space in the hatch, good oomph on the highway, first gear too low- wish I had auto trans, avg handling, avg fun to drive, 7-9 L/100 km, base stereo wimpy

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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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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!

Neumann
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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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2008 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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The Seats... The Seats ... The Seats... By AMME

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2007 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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