2003 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

2003 Saab 9-3 Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"power" 14 reviews
"ride" 13 reviews
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"handling" 11 reviews
"comfortable car" 9 reviews
CONS
"expensive part" 3 reviews
"high maintenance" 3 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews

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2003 Saab 9-3 SE Convertible Review
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Very spunky

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Finding parts

fdmedic412
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Spunky And Sporty — 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 expected better quality audio, however stock system is not terrible.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2003 Saab 9-3 Vector Review
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You do not see many of them

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It was built under GM ownership

Viggen1
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Saab 9-3 Vector — I like this car because it shows you are different. People who drive SAABs know about standing out and not following everyone else. If I wanted a car that everyone else has I would have got a BMW, Audi, or a Mercedes-Benz

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The seats are very comfortable. It's a very simple looking car from the outside and doesn't draw very much attention from law enforcement. A fantastic project car if you want something that is turbocharged from the factory.

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Parts can be hard to find locally. I found almost all of my parts online.

cmaranjana
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A Sporty Sedan With Excellent Fuel Economy! — This 9-3 has good amount of power and torque with excellent fuel economy. I drive fairly aggressively and still manage to get about 28 MPG combined. This car is extremely balanced through corners and is a total blast to drive on the highway. The sound system is great as well.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2003 Saab 9-3 Vector Review
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very comfortable cruiser, solid and safe,

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Fuel economy,The black coating on the climate control buttons wears off very quickly and looks horrible

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A Dependable Good Looking Saloon — Alot of car for your money.feels very well screwed together,beautifully quiet and comfortable,fuel ecomomy not great but makes up for it with a very slick gearbox and plenty of standard equipment.Has some get up and go when you need it but is so quiet you wouldnt know it unless you stare at the speedo.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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This particular car is loaded like a Vector; 17" Alloy package with sport chasis, launch package and touring package. Great for long travel; comfortable, nibble, and great on gas (hwy 31-35 mpg).

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Hard to find repair shop for it in the "South." Cost of repairs.

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Perfectly Balanced Value — This Saab is an attractive, nibble, and luxurious vehicle. This car revs up 175hp with a fuel economy of 35 mpg. The powertrain on this car is solid and was engineered for excellence and includes 4-link rear suspension with "ReAxs," a Power Assist Rack & Pinion Steering, a 2.0 liter, and a 4 cyclinder DOHC Turbo engine. The interior features are power driver seat, in dash 6 CD changer with Saab infotainment, automatic climate control, and heated front seats. This particular model has all pleasures of the Vector and the fuel economy of the base model which make this car a "perfectly balanced value."

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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great pick up and go, great gas mileage, very comfortable

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electrical problems suck big ass

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Sexy — Great car overall... if they fixed the electrical problems it would be perfect. Could use a little more power under the hood but otherwise can own other cars in its class. Amazing breaking and handling.. vest car ive owned in the snow.

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

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2003 Saab 9-3 Arc Review
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Speed, pickup and fun to drive

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interior electrical problems; the car is too smart for its own good!

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2003 Saab 9-3 Arc — I love this car, the 2.0 Turbo is good on gas and has amazing pickup. No repairs needed, so the cost of ownership ahs been cheap! Really fun car to drive. A few interior electrical problems but they were easy to fix.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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It's a Saab!

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Crappy soundsystem.

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Probably Not My Last Saab. — A nice, powerful sedan with clean lines and appearance. 2,2 litre TiD engine, no extencive styling which made it a kind of anonymous vehicle with LOADS of torque. A reliable and comfortable ride, allthough anonymous. Average diesel consumption = 0,65 - 0,70 litres/10 km.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Best power out of a 4 cylinder! Comfortable! Stylish!

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Beyond expensive to repair if you take it to a Dealer, if you can find a foreign car repair go to them first, that's what i did, i saved big$$$$

jbrant23
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Love It! If It Breaks Be Ready To Shell Out The $$ — Just bought the car a month ago, and we knew about the transmission slipping on hard accelerations, but we were willing to get it fixed because of the low price. Just a warning to anyone interested in a 2003 model... They have been prone to transmission failures. If you test drive one with hesitation not caused by the engine be sure to have it checked before making a decision. Other than the transmission failing the car is perfect!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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good looks, good performance, unique characteristics

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more expensive repairs than a Civic or Corolla

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Saab 9-3 — Remember these ratings are relative. For a poor, married, college student, this car is about as good as it gets. Solid performance. Not a burner in a straight line, but fast enough to have fun. Get the Arc if you need better acceleration. One of the best handling front wheel drive cars I've driven. Balanced, good turn in and minimal understeer. Very fun to drive. 30-35 MPG on the highway. Great interior. Comfortable seats. Soft leather and heated. High quality sound system and sunroof/moonroof. It's needed a few repairs, but I bought it used, so that's to be expected. Nothing major and no repeated repairs. It's a great choice for people who want a quality sport luxury sedan, but want something more unique than all of the BMWs and Audi's out there. The Saab has all the luxury, styling and most of the performance of the germans (maybe even better than a comparable Audi, a little behind a BMW) at a much lower price (used resale value). I've driven multiple Audi A4's and BMW 3-series 2001-2004 for comparison.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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

Excellent By sqlpython

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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