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2005 Saab 9-3 Overview

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Aero
Avg. Price: $6,921
Aero Convertible
Avg. Price: $9,503
Arc
Avg. Price: $6,645
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Avg. Price: $8,628
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Avg. Price: $6,252
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Based on 22 reviews

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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 power plant options for the 9-3. Both are turbocharged variations of a 2.0 liter inline four.  The Linear sedan and convertibles are powered by a more modest version, with 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is paired with this engine, while a five-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 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. The Arc comes with a five-speed manual, while the Aero gets a six-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 drive train 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

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Heater Dosnt Work

My vents blow out cold air when I switch it to Heat, How do I fix this?

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Why Does The Air Conditioning Come And Go (and With The Weather)?

For the past month, the A/C stops working for a few days before spontaneously working again. When working, the fans work fine, air blows cool, with no problems. When not working, the fans blow but t...

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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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