2002 Saab 9-3 Overview


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Base Hatchback
28 national listings
SE Convertible
45 national listings
Viggen Convertible
1 national listing
Viggen Coupe

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Gm's Best Foreign Counterpart by Sushil
 — The performance on my Saab is awesome especially with the built-in turbocharger (thank you Sweden). Car has a little over 40,000 miles on the odometer but doesn't feel like its been used at all. If yo... Read More
02 Saab 9-3 Under Rated And Forgotten by Warren
 — Dislike-Rear twist beam suspension Like- Power and weight One of the best cars out there, station wagon cargo area and a sport hatch to hide it. Saab needs to bring back the 9-3 hatch, it's perfect i... Read More
2002 Saab 9-3 Aero Hot Auto Convertible Maptun Stage 3 by Mark
 — Owned from 2005 until 2012. Modified by MapTun to give 270bhp/370Nm Very fast in the mid range! Comfortable and pretty reliable. Fat rear anti-roll bar fitted which improved handling and reduced ... Read More

2002 Saab 9-3 Overview

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2002 Saab 9-3

Saab's 9-3 returns for a fourth year of production, with minimal changes and an abbreviated model lineup.  Buyers may still choose from a trio of 9-3 body styles (Coupe, Sedan, Convertible) but the base trim level is no longer available.  Saab now touts the SE as value-priced, in an attempt to still offer prospective buyers a relatively affordable route to 9-3 ownership.  The only other notable change is a new carbon-fiber instrument panel in the Viggen models.

For 2002, the 9-3 model lineup has been slimmed from seven to five variants. The two trims, SE and Viggen, are applicable to the Sedan and Convertible.  The Coupe is now only offered in the Viggen trim.  The features and options rosters are unaltered for this year.

The power plant options are the same, but the 185 horsepower engine has been dropped.  The SE is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 liter inline four, which delivers 205 horsepower and 209 pound-feet of torque.  A five-speed manual transmission is paired with this engine, but a four-speed automatic is also optional.  The Viggen houses a 2.3 liter turbocharged inline four, good for 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated to a five-speed manual transmission only.  Fuel economy is estimated at 23/33 mpg for the manual SE, and 19/28 mpg for the Viggen.

Reviews for the 2002 9-3 are a mixed bag, as some owners report virtually no issues while others strongly caution against the frequency and high cost of repairs.  In various consumer reviews, the 9-3 earns high marks for performance, driving experience and design.  Favorite features include the fuel efficient yet powerful turbocharged engine, the safety of traction control, the convenience of OnStar, and the spaciousness of the hatchback.  The ill-conceived dash-mounted cup holders continue to be a big negative.


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