2004 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

2004 Saab 9-3 Review Ratings

  • Rank your car

Average Ratings from 33 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 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:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 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

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"ride" 13 reviews
"power" 13 reviews
"speed" 9 reviews
"handling" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"fwd" 3 reviews
"expensive part" 2 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying 1 - 10 of 33 2004 Saab 9-3 reviews.

writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

Pros

Sporty, speedy, convertible

Cons

Repair cost, Inside looks old

supermode84
60

Great Car But Costly Repairs — 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 It is 10 years old but does not look out of date on the outside. However, on the inside this car does look out of date.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 you do have an issue, be prepared to pay a lot of money.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
9-3
Looking for a Used 9-3 in your area?
CarGurus has 1,222 nationwide 9-3 listings starting at $1,495.
ZIP:
writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
Accessories:
Brakes:
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Daily Commute:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Interior Noise:
Interior Space:
Long Trips:
Maintenance Cost:
Parking:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Ride Comfort:
Safety:
Snow/Ice:
Looks/Style:
Visibility:
Warranty:
Weight:
Overall:

Pros

Looks cool inside and out.  Great to drive, meaning good handling, comfort, and power.  Overall low maintenance costs.

Cons

The depreciation of the value of the car was more than I hoped.  I would have been better off buying it used intead of new.  Had to fix some electronics parts that should not have gone bad.

2004Saab9_3
45

European Sports Car At A Great Price. — 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 than 23mpg with a city/hwy mix. It has a huge trunk and the rear seats fold down for larger items to fit in the trunk. ABS breaking and traction controls along with all the airbags that it has made me feel very safe in stormy weather. The back seats offer minimal leg room if you have tall people in the front seats, as the case with all compact cars.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Arc Convertible Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

Pros

A lot of bells and whistles such as headlamp washers, memory seats,

Cons

None

dsgrub
75

Fun!!! — I had a BMW Z3 convertible but it was noisy and had no room to take a trip. I get all the performance in the Saab 9-3 Convertible plus back seats and space for luggage. This car is fun to drive, comfortable on long trips and gets great MPG.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

Pros

33 mpg highway.
Large trunk.
Fun to drive.
Safe with 6 airbags, active head restraints and stability control.

Cons

Radio not easily upgradeable.
Rear seat legroom.

BKSteve
35

An Underrated Sweet Ride — 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 personality, especially using manual shifting. Although city mileage is average for the size/weight, highway mileage is great for an old car that's this much fun. New pads/rotors are very cheap online if you know how to shop and since it shares many mechanical parts with other GM vehicles, maintaining it shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. Other than a CD player that won't eject, l have had no other issues in the eight months I've had it so far.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

Pros

Agility. Fuel Economy. Styling. Comfort.

Cons

Power lag. Price.

tvieso
55

Gm-influenced Swedish Design — Overall, I enjoyed driving this car as a daily driver. It's styling was great, had great fuel economy with the 4-cyl turbo and pretty decent handling. The power lag was noticeable and annoyed me. It would always be a second or two before the turbo kicked in and you could get going. I feel like this car was way overpriced brand new at over $40K (I believe). I also feel like GM had too much influence in this model with cheap materials. It became apparent when I hit over 50K miles and things started to chip away or brake off and noises/rattles made a presence.

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

Pros

Very easy to buy these used, due to there lower resale value. Although with Saab's recent bankruptcy, be careful what you buy, and do you're research before making a purchase.

Cons

Front wheel drive and some squeaks and rattles occasionally in the interior.

85

Great Car, Descent Performance And Fantatsic Fuel Economy. — Great car, descent power and very fuel efficient, but this car does although requires premium fuel. I also has a very roomy trunk, very comfortable front seats, and an amazing amount of gadgets and interesting features that most cars do not have. But I've owned my so far for 2 years and put over 25k miles problem free, the only limitation is the fact that it's front wheel drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

turbo

Cons

i need to change the audio

jaytech
25

Great Handling — i love this car. great in peformance and has great Quality. i believe has the best appearance for a 2004 sedan. This car is fun to drive. acceleration in this car is awsome. i would recommend this car to my friends.

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

Scandanavian design different to the Germans

Cons

Auto box makes the car a bit juicy round town

65

A Break From The Norm — 150hp engine does go but its no rocket the seats hug you in nicely and holds the road pretty well I havent had to pay for anything yet as the cars still under warrenty but the parts are GM and are readily available I love the way it looks inside and out i like to think its a bit ddifferent to other saloon cars on the road

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

drivability, great in all weather

Cons

cannot afford to get it serviced at the dealer!!  oil change over $100

35

Would Not Buy Another One!! — great performance--its quick!! the only downfall has been the front springs breaking--thank god it didn't happen while i was driving!! it was a huge expense with no help from the dealer or gm!!! i get 30 plus mpg!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Arc Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

Exciting, 5 speed and high output engine

Cons

electrical

35

Sweet, Wish It Was A 6 Speed And Rwd — Stage 2 power at 255 hp and 290 ft/lb, quick from 60-100, 0-100 about 13 sec. lots of fun for the money. has minor electrical problems and bad headlights, but mechanically works like a dream. sounds fierce for only a four banger.

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 1 - 10 of 33 2004 Saab 9-3 reviews.

Rank your car

Reviews From Other Years

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

Read all 5 2011 Saab 9-3 reviews

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

Read all 2010 Saab 9-3 reviews

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

Read all 4 2009 Saab 9-3 reviews

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

Read all 15 2008 Saab 9-3 reviews

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

Read all 26 2007 Saab 9-3 reviews

People researching a 2004 Saab 9-3 contacted a dealer about

Picture of 2004 Saab 9-3, exterior
Saab 9-3
23% of the time
BMW 3 Series
7% of the time
Honda Accord
5% of the time
Volkswagen Jetta
5% of the time
9-3
Looking for a Used 9-3 in your area?
CarGurus has 1,222 nationwide 9-3 listings starting at $1,495.
ZIP: