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

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Cost to repair, parts hard to find.

Robinr9
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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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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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2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen Review
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Great power, great seats, great gas milage.

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Availability of some parts.

tommyruh
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I Just Wish I Got To Drive It More. — Sure it has some torque steer issues but that's because of the power to weight ratio. Very comfortable and fun to drive. Basically I see newer and more expensive cars on the road on my 64 miles/day commute but when I'm in my Viggen I don't covet any of them.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen Convertible Review
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performance afor the price and good looks

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limited repair shops when required.

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Been A Saab Owner Since My First 900s New In 1984 — 2.3 4cyl has great petrol milage (28-30 MPG combined Hwy city) and power to pass 230 unmodified HPwith 258 lb/ft torque. The Viggen badging has recieved thumbs up from motorcyclist and others. I drive 80 miles R/T to and from work daily no problems and shift effortlessly. 60 - 0 in about 125 ft.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Solid

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crap mpg

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Saab 9-3 — lag, lag, rocket ship - no low end, great once on boost some rattles, bit ugly, crap mpg, but great in winter with heated seats that will burn you flesh off, doesn't go round corners fast in a straight line, not a fun car but reliable and solid

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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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2011 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Awesome!!! By Huntman1116

I love this car because it looks great and is powerful. It is especially great for those who want to stand out from the crowd and not drive a run of the mill luxury vehicles like a mercedes or bmw. Read More

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The fit and finish of this Saab are excellent. Saab is an stealth entry into the 3 series competition at a very competitive price. All the features you expect to find in a luxury performance sedan. ... Read More

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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

Beautiful, Fun, And Safe Car That Is Very Fun And Zippy To Drive. By kc603

I loved this car! It was my second Saab and I couldn't have asked for more in a car. It performed the way I wanted it to, was easy for me to take care of, and always kept me safe. I also loved the lit... Read More

Great Drive Great Price By Bizzizle

Overall superb vehicle. It doesnt exceed at anything, but it does everything well. Commuter vehicle, road warrior, work truck, and anything in between. Its done them all and performed like a champ.... Read More

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