2005 Saab 9-3 Overview

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Aero
Avg. Price: $8,124
Aero Convertible
9 national listings
Avg. Price: $8,685
Arc
Avg. Price: $6,778
Arc Convertible
Avg. Price: $8,502
Linear
Avg. Price: $6,229
Linear Convertible
Avg. Price: $7,853

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4.65 stars

Based on 24 reviews

Best Work Car Ever by Jarrad
 — If your buying a used car (which is very likely since SAAB went out of business because GM sucks at managing itself) then SAAB is a great car to invest in. The 9-3 is a sporty car that handles well ... Read More
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My Saab 9-3 Makes Me Smile by kidlat_itim
 — I purchased this car primarily for its excellent safety record, and its distinctive looks. It turned out also to be fun to drive and a pleasure on long trips. The 175 hp turbocharged 4 coupled with ma... Read More

2005 Saab 9-3 Overview

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2005 Saab 9-3

Saab has continued to make adjustments to the 9-3 lineup for 2005, but this year's changes are a bit less significant. The lineup expands from five to six variations, due to the addition of a entry-level convertible. A DVD-based navigation system has also been added to the options roster.

Both the sedan and convertible are now available in all three 9-3 trims: Linear, Arc and Aero.  All styles come well-equipped, with items like full power accessories, leather seats, heated mirrors, cruise control, anti-theft and steering wheel audio controls. Safety features include stability control, traction control, ABS and front side airbags.

There are two powerplant options for the 9-3. Both are turbocharged variations of a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder. The Linear sedan and convertibles are powered by a more modest version, with 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is paired with this engine, while a 5-speed automatic is optional. Fuel economy is estimated at 23/34 mpg. The Arc and Aero both upgrade a to more powerful turbo, good for 210 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. The Arc comes with a 5-speed manual, while the Aero gets a 6-speed.

Owners and reviewers have commented that the 9-3 handles adequately, and the ride quality is better than many other cars in its class. The 9-3's front-wheel drivetrain is a factor in overall performance, but these entry-level Saabs do handle quite well for FWD cars. According to reviewers, the overall driving experience is also hampered by rather unresponsive steering. Owners have commented that the 9-3's interior lacks an upscale feel that one might expect, even in an entry-level luxury car. The dash, console and doors are laden with plastic, and even the upgraded stereo is not very powerful. Although the 9-3 comes with most of the necessary luxury features, reviewers suggest that the Japanese and German competitors will offer better interior ambiance. Favorite features include styling, trunk space and fuel economy.

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Saab 9-3 Questions

Debp15
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How Do I Check If The Hydraulics In The Roof Of 2005 Linear Conv Are Good?

Buying a 2005 9 3 Conv in really good cond. How do I check if the Roof hydraulics are O K. Log Books and Service history are good.

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SilverStone641
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Ac Compressor Won't Turn On

Hey all. I'm having some AC issues with my 9-3. Up until a week ago, my AC was flawless and extremely cold, then last week, it just stopped coming on. The AC button LED still lights, but there is no...

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What Maintenance Do I Need To Do On The Convertible Roof's Motor For A Saab...

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zzdanny
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Add Hydrolic Fluid To Convertible Top

The convertible top on my 2005 9-3 Aero needs manual assistance to operate. I feel it needs a refill of hydralic fuid. Can anyone help in how this is done?

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When I Bring My Top Up On My 05 Saab Aero My Fan On My A/c Turns On Hi, Ho...

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