2004 Saab 9-3 Overview


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I Love My Saab 9-3 Aero! by Laurie
 — I love my car - still...after 4 years of driving it like crazy. Even before we had it tuned by Frank of SQR (Sweden), it was fast - pulled nice and hard and handled really well. Now, well, hold on ti... Read More
An Underrated Sweet Ride by BKSteve
 — This is the quickest and most agile car I have owned so far. All you need to do to have a little fun is press the ESP button to turn of the stability control and the car gets a totally different perso... 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

2004 Saab 9-3 Overview

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2004 Saab 9-3

The 2004 model brought several additional changes for the Saab 9-3.  The 9-3 SE Convertible had survived model lineup revisions in 2003, but Saab has now discontinued the SE nomenclature in favor of two new models: Arc and Aero Convertibles.  Aero is a new trim name this year, replacing the top shelf Vector.  Several new options are also available this year, including bi-xenon headlamps, rear park assist (sedans), and a tire pressure monitor (included in the Sport Wheel Package).

There are five 9-3 variants for 2004: two convertibles and three sedans.  The sedan is available in the base Linear, mid-level Arc and the high-end Aero styles.  The convertible is offered in the two upper-level trims.  The 9-3's price spectrum is quite broad, with the Arc sedan retailing for about $10,000 less than the Arc convertible.

All 9-3s are powered by some variation of Saab's turbocharged 2.0 liter inline four.  The Linear Sedan is supplied with 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, and the small turbo power plant is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.  Fuel economy is estimated at 23/34 mpg, or 21/30 with the optional five-speed automatic.  All other models feature an additional turbo boost, which bumps horsepower to 210 and torque to 221 pound-feet.  The Arc comes with a five-speed manual, while the Aero gets a six-speed. Fuel economy is just a bit lower with this power plant, but mixed driving averages are in the mid-20s (mpg) with either transmission.

The overall 9-3 design has been a strong selling point for consumers.  The 9-3 offers distinguished styling, but the layout also creates  a very spacious interior and a notably large trunk. Owners also express great satisfaction with the 9-3's power and performance, especially when the attractive fuel economy numbers are factored in to the equation.  Drivers have also been very pleased with the handling and ride quality, but the 9-3's front-wheel drive train is rather limiting with regard to true sporting performance.  Other common jeers are directed at lower-quality interior materials, significant depreciation, frequency and cost of service and overall reliability.


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About The Fuse Inside Compartment Glove

I am not sure what i was doing, accidentally I found 1 fuse in the left wall of compartment glove box which I thought it was the light bulb for it. Because whenever I open the compartment always ...

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What Does It Mean When The Engine Light Flashes And Say Stability Control F...

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Soft Top And Driver's Power Window Stuck

My 2004 9-3 Aero which I purchased 11 months ago in OUTSTANDING condition, is going through multiple issues. The piston to the soft top on the driver side started leaking fluid & became stuck 1/2 way...

40 views with 5 answers (last answer 4 months ago)

My Saab 93 Aero Is Overheating

After driving the car for awhile temp gauge starts to go up and will go in the red but if I put on heaters to max it cools downs quite quickly have tested expansion vessel gases to rule out head gas...

72 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 months ago)

Ac Problem

The first time I drive my car that day the AC comes on for about 20 to 30 minutes with cold air but after that time it only blows warm air until it sits overnight and the same thing the next day. We h...

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