2002 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

2002 Saab 9-3 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 17 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" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"ride" 6 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"small space" 2 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews

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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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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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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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royal2015 writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Review
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4

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Turbo torque

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too small and is an automatic

royal2015
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The Little Car That Could — Saab 9-3 good car for someone who needs abit of cargo space and wants some fuel mileage from the 2.0 L turbo. Hatch back with fold down rear seats make this car a great carrier for goods and still allows the car to perform with ease as the turbo engine pulls well from all speeds

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Christina writes:
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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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PastorDaleP writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Convertible Review
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I love the way it handles and the Sport mode as well as the Winter Mode. Fun to drive.

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Parts are getting harder to come by.

PastorDaleP
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Excellent Little Car. — The engine is terrific and I just love the way this car handles. It is fast and has great pick up when I need it. The Sport mode is an added plus. Also, my model does excellent on fuel. On the open road I sometimes can get 29 mpg. In every day travel, around 26.5 mpg. It actually runs best on Sheetz fuel - it really does.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Warren writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Review
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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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steveq writes:
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Convertible top, heated seats, gas milage

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

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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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Sushil writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Review
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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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Arianna writes:
2002 Saab 9-3 SE Review
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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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1999 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Soon To Be A Classic By Lakedeck

Bought this auto on a slow Friday night for the dealer and drive it off the show room floor. Traded a Volvo wagon in which was great on my bank account. As stated this Saab was a great convertible and... Read More

Great Car A Couple Or A College Student Or Weekend Car. By tbberry

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2000 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Nice Sporty Look By mysaab

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2001 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Great Ride By aboutbob

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 c... Read More

Saab Story By mbleakmore

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 l... Read More

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2003 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Not Bad For Use As Secondary Car By chemaespi

i have a saturn ion as i put a lot of money into that car i decided to give the car a rest and i wanted to buy a car that not many people have (theres just way too many hondas around here) and as a se... Read More

Spunky And Sporty By fdmedic412

Very spunky great handling sporty car. Typical cargo space for a sports car. Comfortable seats. SID pixels are notoriously deficient. Paint has blemishes. Soft top easy up and down. I would have expec... Read More

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2004 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Great Car But Costly Repairs By supermode84

This is a Great car, with great features for the age. It is 10 years old but does not look out of date on the outside. However, on the inside this car does look out of date. It drives very well but if... Read More

European Sports Car At A Great Price. By 2004Saab9_3

Appearance is great. Very comfortable and quiet drive. The turbo offers a lot of power. The gas mileage was as listed by the manufacturer. I got 30mpg when driving long trips, and never got less t... Read More

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