2004 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

2004 Saab 9-3 Review Ratings

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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

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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

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Jan writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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5

Pros

EVERYTHING

Cons

....

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Saab 9-3 — Its just amazing! Has to to experienced :D Only thing that sucks is the CD players that Saab uses, theire connections arent made for " Upgrading your soundsystem" , and they have a tendensy to be broken. But exept that its the BEST!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Justin writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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5

Pros

Quick, head turner in Aero trim, COMFORTABLE seats

Cons

I sold it.

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I Miss This Car — Performance - Acceleration wasn't bad from a stop, but it really shined in the mid and upper RPM range. 60-80mph is about 4 seconds, making it a blast to drive on the highway. Handling was very tight and offered good feedback for a FWD car, torque steer was non-existant.

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Hans writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
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4

Pros

looks, fun factor

Cons

build quality

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My Saab 9-3 — performance- the usual turbo lag. build quality- overall pretty good, but slight rattles are audible appearance- love it. definitely unique and gorgeous cost of ownership- great gas mileage, i get 31 hw, overall around 27 fun factor-sport shift is fun, but would rather have a stick shift

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Afzal writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
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4

Pros

Smooth and Comfortable ride

Cons

Expensive parts and hard to find any accessories

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Chevy Should Model Their Other Cars After This — Great alternative to average mill of the market like Honda, Toyota etc... Exceptionally smooth ride, I've heard people say Audi has a smooth ride... Driven both, I think this is far nicer. Not knocking Audi, I love the Audi as well, A6 perhaps might be my next car. Performance is well balanced, handling could be more aggressive but then you'd loose the comfort. Overall great car. Pretty good gas mileage as well, average usually 28+, highway with aggressive driving around 32-33, people with lighter food then mine can yield 34-36mpg.

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Laurie writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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5

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Handling, power, quality, looks, reliability

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The front end is so low I keep scraping it on curbs...but who cares?!

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I Love My Saab 9-3 Aero! — 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 tight when you floor it! I've had it on the track a few times (Thunderhill - Willows, CA), and it's so much fun. Admittedly, it can't keep up with the high-powered Corvettes or Vipers on the straight, but it has nearly always trounced them through the curves (sure - driver experience has something to do with that, too) - the handling is superb. It has had its share of minor mechanical issues, but nothing earth-shattering in severity or cost. Besides bumper wear from city parking it still looks good and the interior still feels and looks like new. I would (and often do) recommend this car. But if you're a driver who is less concerned with performance, opt for another trim level - the sport suspension of the Aero often proves too jarring for some who prefer a softer, squishier ride.

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Dan writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
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4

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Fun, Comfortable, Classy

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Breakdust, lower model slightly underpowered

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A Very Comparable Sport Sedan — Nice sporty car at a decent price. You'll definately find more performance in the higher models with the larger mitsubishi turbo vs the garret. The linear with 175 hp is by all means still a fun quick car, but the areo with the 210 hp brings a new meaning to thrill ride. Major complaint would be the brakes, brake dust is like no other on this car so i'll prob switch over to some ceramic pads and larger discs. Not alot of aftermarket options, and quality is not quite up to saab par since it was bought by GM. All in all this is a fun, classy, comfortable car which is right in line with the A4, S60, and 3 series.

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Kris writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Arc Review
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5

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Turbo

Cons

Not the smoothest ride ever

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Coolest Car Ever! — Silver Arc with Turbo.Leather interior, auto everything, 6 disc changer with awsome stereo system. Couldn't ask for a better car.

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Andy writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Review
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5

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Looks, turbo performance, strong build, great handling, well specced

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Occasional rattles from the roof, has had some items replaced under warranty, bland dashboard

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A Four Season Convertible — The car has a number of features that make this a true four season, family convertible. The car has four seats which are usable, the roof line isn't too low, and the performance is well suited to the car. Truly capable of hitting it's 137mph top speed, but just as happy pootling around town

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Bo writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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5

Pros

i can smoke bimmer too!

Cons

On-Star sux! i can't hook up my blue tooth because of it. GM's most stupid piece of idea.

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Saab 9-3 Aero — a perfect combination of rarity, ride comfort, fuel economy, quality, and perforance if necessary.

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Scott writes:
2004 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
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5

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Reliable euro car that outperforms other sedans.

Cons

Very expencive imported parts.

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Quick European 4 Door. — Smooth 5 speed . Great inerior and options with a 16 valve 2.0 with turbocharger.

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1999 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Soon To Be A Classic By Lakedeck

Bought this auto on a slow Friday night for the dealer and drive it off the show room floor. Traded a Volvo wagon in which was great on my bank account. As stated this Saab was a great convertible and... Read More

Great Car A Couple Or A College Student Or Weekend Car. By tbberry

This car still has great looks for the year, Handles great and has a winter mode for transmission that makes going in snow a lot easier. Gas mileage is good and seats are comfortable in front, rear ar... Read More

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2000 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Nice Sporty Look By mysaab

Like the look and how it drives. Wish it had some other features like front door speakers, power seats, sunroof, remote start. yea that could be installed. Seen some SUV's. Like how they all look. nic... Read More

Great Cars Super Safe And Fun By Joe

this a safe a reliable car i have own it now 5 yrs and had minor problems like belts and hoses brakes jobs no major torble out of it in a 100k miles. but even at 200k on the car the leather looks grea... Read More

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2001 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Great Ride By aboutbob

Great family car that's fun to drive, haven't had any problems other than normal wear and tear on a car of this age and mileage, still going strong. Maintenance costs seem about right for a European c... Read More

Saab Story By mbleakmore

I bought a new Saab 9-3 in 2001 shortly after the GM acquisition. I never cared for the new sedan styling GM rolled out and have held out from buying a new one. Now the company is bankrupt and is no l... Read More

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2002 Saab 9-3 Reviews

The Little Car That Could By royal2015

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 all... Read More

Excellent Little Car. By PastorDaleP

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 ro... Read More

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2003 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Not Bad For Use As Secondary Car By chemaespi

i have a saturn ion as i put a lot of money into that car i decided to give the car a rest and i wanted to buy a car that not many people have (theres just way too many hondas around here) and as a se... Read More

Spunky And Sporty By fdmedic412

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 expec... Read More

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