2005 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

2005 Saab 9-3 Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 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:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 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

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PROS
"power" 11 reviews
"ride" 9 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"suspension" 2 reviews
"turbo" 2 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews

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Purchased new in 2005, my Saab 9-3 has been reliable, comfortable and safe. Excellent fuel economy (36 mpg highway). A pleasure on long trips or mountain twisties. Excellent handling, brakes like anchors. Riding winter tires, extremely stable in snow. Driving it makes me look cooler than I am. With one exception (see "cons") has needed only normal maintenance. I'm very pleased and would certainly buy another Saab.

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Right front suspension spring broke after 4 years (fortunately while parked). GM/Saab picked up cost of repair even though warranty had expired. Right rear roof pillar creates blind spot. Some turbo lag, though not extreme.

kidlat_itim
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My Saab 9-3 Makes Me Smile — 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 manual transmission gives plenty of power and excellent economy (36 mpg highway on long trips is common). I regularly take it into the mountains to ski; with winter tires on it is extremely predictable on snow-covered roads. My only negative experience in 8 years was a broken right front suspension spring, which Saab/GM agreed to repair at their expense despite expired warranty. Other maintenance items have been nominal, most notably two separate rear suspension parts that needed replacing, a new radiator at 100k miles, and 4 (count 'em) driver's side window mechanisms. My Saab just crossed the 125,000 mile barrier; I'm fully expecting it to make at least another 100k. I enjoy driving this car whether around the block or across the country and would definitely buy another Saab.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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This is a nice ,clean , safe and reliable car. Very clean inside and out. shows overall in very good condition. Car is running smooth and perfect at 113-k miles. with no issues to deal with. Everything works like its supposed to and yes the Ac even blows cold.

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There are no negatives.

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This Is A Nice ,clean , Safe And Reliable Car. — Car is running smooth and perfect at 113-k miles. with no issues to deal with. Everything works like its supposed to and yes the Ac even blows cold This is a nice ,clean , safe and reliable car. Very clean inside and out. shows overall in

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2005 Saab 9-3 Arc Convertible Review
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Looks great and runs great

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Mileage

jbrenner
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Great Summer Car — Love the look and the way it drives. Parts can get expensive. It is my second Saab and would defiantly buy another one. With top down its one of the nicest vehicles on the road. Handles great very good acceleration. Extremely safe and fun to drive

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Handing and gas mileage

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Space

leo1954
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Great City Car — Great car for the city fits anywhere and sips gas two weeks on full tank of gas. Handles corners like a BMW with half the maintenance cost. If you are in the market for a used 3 series BMW try a Saab just as good 1/2 the price great sport sedan

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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BEST CAR FOR THE BUCK!

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NO CONS!!

itplusllc1
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Gas Sipper! — Great car! awesome handling with instant response! This is easily one of the best affordable cars Ive ever drove! Excellent turbo! The Saab accelerates like a jet, handles beautifully and is a pleasure to drive! It is by far the most reliable car I have owned

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Everything.
This car gets amazing gas mileage, brakes well, rides well, has amazing room for its size, has incredibly low maint. and is very easy to learn how to drive for beginner stick shift drivers. I taught my wife how to drive a 2003 Saab 9-3 Linear fairly easy. The clutch on that vehicle plus this 2005 are both great.

Cons

Backseats are comfy, but not enough leg room if your a big person
Interior noise is a little loud, GM didnt add enough sound deadening

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Best Work Car Ever — 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 in all conditions and costs very little when compared to its Audi, BMW and VW counter parts. It has as much power if not MORE than its counter parts for MUCH LESS $$$. Maint. is minimal. The hardest part about this vehicle is finding one that wasnt driven into the ground by a terrible owned. My best advice is to find one with 30,000-100,000 miles on it for the best deal. Check the engine for any oil explosions, get underneath the car to see if the transmission is leaking (after your test drive) and check the head lamps for looseness, excessive fading on the head lamps. Most Saabs that are used from 2003-2006 are beaten to hell in one way or another because owners dont take care of their cars. Ive owned an 2003 9-3 Linear, and a 2005 9-3 Arc. Loved em both, and plan on buying newer models up untl the final 2012 model. They are very cheap to come by, and very cheap to fix when compared to their counter parts! Drive one, love one, and you'll be hooked :) Keep in mind, Ive driven a Charger RT, Challenger RT, Camaro SS, Shelby Cobra, etc. I know what power feels like and even tho this car doesnt have 300-600 HP, it runs VERY well. I actually put my 2005 ARC vs my 06 Charger RT, my wife was in the charger... and the 05 ARC beat the Charger off the line, and all the way up until I hit 3rd gear. Hope this all helped! Also just went from WV - Ohio to find a Saab for my friend.

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

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Modest power with lots of style and accessories.

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Looking for a lot of HP.

MNG1
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Love It — This car is a smooth ride. It gets good gas mileage. So far only the oxygen sensor has needed fixing. It is a small turbo engine but accelerates well. The only complaint is the cabin noise as to it is a soft top convertible. Overall very fun to drive and love it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Quick, handles well, great gas mileage

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expensive to fix

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Test Drive One Asap! — Love it, quick, comfortable, heated seats are the best! and it looks great while doing it. Love everything about this car. Its expensive upkeep but well worth the cost!. The turbo hauls ass! Just need a tune and a 3" turbo back and i'll be sitting pretty :)

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

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great on gas and comfort

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Ignition key is in center console

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The Warrior — Car is very comfortable, very smooth and quiet. Even though is a four cylinder, the turbo helps get the boost when you need it. Inside is much more elegant than appears to be on the exterior. Decent space in the cabin and big trunk...good car!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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great car

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no negatives

floridadriver
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Fast, Reliable, Greatlooking, Comfortable, Quiet. — I love this car. Solid as a rock; quiet; fast. Great gray leather interior still looks new. Even the cupholder rocks. Has never given a moment's trouble (I take it in for every single maintenance check, religiously, but no problems).

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2010 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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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

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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

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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

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