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4.6 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 22 reviews
2005 Saab 9-3 Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 22 reviews
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
Heater Dosnt Work
My vents blow out cold air when I switch it to Heat, How do I fix this?
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...
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?