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2002 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

2002 Saab 9-3 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 15 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance: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
  • 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: 4.2 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

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PROS
"power" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"ride" 5 reviews
"speed" 4 reviews
"comfortable car" 3 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 3 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"small space" 2 reviews

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Aaron writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen Review
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Fantastic performance and handling at any speed in any weather. roomy, comfy, all the toys and options. Better than average MPG for a performance car.

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Occasional expen$ive repairs and parts. Can be hard to find help in some areas of the country to fix. Often too tempting to speed. Cost over $35k in 02, worth maybe $10k now.

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A Performance Car That's Practical — I have to say this is probably the best car I've bought new. In just under 90k miles very little about it has been bad. Even though its super sweet turbocharged engine launches it 0-60 faster than some Porsche and BMWs, it gets mid 20 mpg average economy or better, had a 5 star safety rating long before that was a selling point, and can haul more stuff than some station wagons. I've spent under $2k in out of warranty repairs and upgrades to this car so far and it has only left me stranded twice after driving cross country 3 times. Better in the snow than my 4wd Trooper, faster than most soul-less japanese boy cars, and that quirky Scandanavian style.

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edsuth writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Convertible Review
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4

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The car has great power; the turbo, when engaged turns the Saab 9-3 into a rocket.

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Trunk space is small, smaller than I thought it would be.  But I was able to get two medium sized suitcases in there.  Groceries, no problem.

edsuth
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Great Car For Singles, Retirees Or Young Couples! Families, Not So Much. — I appreciated the power and handling of the vehicle, and the looks speak for themselves. The 2002 Saab 9-3 has one of the best body styles of all the Saabs ever made. It's not too square, or too round, the angles are just right, from the front to the rear The leather seats are comfortable and there was enough leg room in the front. Unfortunately, there was not enough room for a big guy to sit in the back. Like all vehicles, if you provide it regular preventative maintenance, you won't be making frequent trips to the shop, so that wasn't really a factor with this particular car since I have owned it. Gas mileage was good, averaging 25-30 miles per gallon, (city/highway). My guess is it would have been better if I had been doing the speed limit while driving. Handling, steering and control were great, definitely a fun drive!

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

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Arianna writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Review
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5

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sleek, afordable and durable

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replacement parts tend to be a bit expensive

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Like Driving On Air — This car is amazing! For a sporty luxury car I couldnt ask for more! It handles like a charm and the ride is always extremely smooth. Its not too expensive if you know the right people in the right places (aka Essex, for anyone with a Saab take it to Mark).

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Sushil writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Review
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5

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4 cylinder Turbocharged engine

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A slew of engine sludge complaints on 2002 9-3's

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Gm's Best Foreign Counterpart — 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 you don't know the 2002 model was the last year Saab made a hatchback and then the 2003's were all 4 door sedans which reduced some of its beauty but made up for it in power and handling.My Saab gives 30 mpg on the highway and approximately 20-25 in the city depending on driving conditions, including an important factor traffic. This car is definitely fun to drive I took it to Florida and the ride was just amazing with the take off on this piece of swedish machinery.

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Christina writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Review
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The leather/ cloth combo seats color, speed, sound, attiude, look and too much to say..........

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the guy that owned it before backed in to his dads truck........

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It Is A Sporty 4 Door Car With A Large Heart — Ask me, and I'll tell you that I love it it took a year to find it and no I'm not selling also we are total Chevy fans so in a word it fits!

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steveq writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Convertible Review
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4

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Convertible top, heated seats, gas milage

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Saab is no longer! a bit rough on buppy roads.

steveq
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Fun In The Sun — Wanted a convertible for the wife, has a great back seat for a drop top and was had at a great price. Handles really well exept on rough roads. So far it has been ok, had to replace motor mounts. Would also like to up graden the 16 inch wheels.

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

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luckyqbn writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Convertible Review
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4

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Handling, pickup, SPORT button,,,,

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In city gas mileage could be better. But then again, if I drove a little slower it would probably help.

luckyqbn
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Addictive — My first Saab was a 2004 9-3 2.0T Linear that I bought on eBay in 2006. I fell in love with the car immediately. The handling, the way it grabs the road on tight curves, the design (inside and out), and the fact that there aren't too many of them on the road when compared with Ford, Toyota, and Honda. Unfortunately I had to get rid of it in 2010. In Oct 2012, I purchased a 2002 9-3 2.0T SE-Conv. My first convertible ever and it is amazing!!! I'm already considering purchasing a new model. I recommend SAAB to everyone, everyday, everywhere.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Warren writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Review
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5

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Light, Fast, Comfortable

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No 6sp and a twist beam rear suspension

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02 Saab 9-3 Under Rated And Forgotten — 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 if you don't want a wagon but want the cargo room. Once the Konis were installed the car became a totally different creature. This car will surprise you.

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Steve writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Review
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3

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Power and acceleration (144 mph top speed, not bad for an '02.)

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Styling isnt the greatest

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Its An Ok Car — Handles good. Awesome acceleration in Sport mode. Looks arent the greatest, but it works.

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Robinr9 writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Convertible Review
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Great on gas, convertible, fun to drive, very comfortable.

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Cost to repair, parts hard to find.

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Fun — Love the look, style, and handling, not crazy about the blind spots and cost to repair. Hard to find parts and or accessories. Great on gas. Not much room in the trunk but that is because it is a convertible which makes it worth it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2011 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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Perfect Design And Trim By Freddy B

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2010 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Awesome Looking And Driving Vehicle! By MikeV3

This is a very nice vehicle. It drives well and handles better. This car has the XWD (cross-wheel drive) and is great in snow and leather seats are heated and very comfortable. It also has 17" 5-st... Read More

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2009 Saab 9-3 Reviews

I Like It By saabfanchi

I miss the button dash Saab like my 2006 9-3 that I sold. This one has a very GM dash with the GM radio and the knobs for the climate control look like they come from the GM Europe parts bin. Read More

Saab 9-3 Aero Xwd By Ho

Performance - acceleration good 0-60 about 5.5 sec, braking good, handling good, Seat comfort good Build Quality - No major repair done. But some small repairs. Appearance - Exterior looks sharp and ... Read More

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2008 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Bmw Sucks ! Drive A Saab By Jan

One of the best cars you can get. It can outrun a bmw, audi and merc. And still it runs cheaper on fuel. Service bills are cheaper also. I have the 180 bhp Twin turbo diesel now. It holds 400NM of to... Read More

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

I have owned three Saab convertibles, but this is the finest. No problems what-so-ever. Performance and handling are great as is the build quality. A quiet and fun ride. An amazing car, if you en... Read More

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2007 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Fun Yet Economical To Drive By dsgrub

Fun!!! - I had a BMW Z3 convertible but it was noisy and had no room to take a trip. I get all the performance in the Saab 9-3 Convertible plus back seats and space for luggage. This car is fun to dri... Read More

Awesome Fun... By dsgrub

Again, as with my other 9-3s I really enjoy this car. It has adequate power, is quiet, fun to drive and gets good gas mileage. Also, I enjoy all the bells and whistles such as paddle shifters, auto ... Read More

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