2004 Saab 9-3 Overview


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4.55 stars

Based on 33 reviews

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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Acceleration Vibrations

My 2004 Saab 93 Arc vibrates horribly when I accelerate, majority of the time its when I use my turbo, but it also happens occasionally when I am accelerating normally, or barely even touching the g...

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Just got a "Gearbox Malfunction" warning and the associated "check engine" warning. What causes this warning and can it be cleared? The car seems to be ok???

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My Left Low Beam Failure

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My Saab Aero 9-3 2.0 Turbo 210 Hp Yesterday On The High Way Dropped The Tem...

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Stability control failure keeps appearing on the screen on my dash, it happened when I went over a speed hump, it goes away when I turn car off but as soon as I go round a corner or over a bump the SC...

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