2005 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

2005 Saab 9-3 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 24 reviews

  • 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
"expensive car" 2 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 24 2005 Saab 9-3 reviews.

David writes:
2005 Saab 9-3 Arc Review
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Handling, Looks, Cost of ownership

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Interior build quality, lack of bluetooth

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Saab 9-3 2.0t Arc 2005 — Perfomance is fine. Again not the fastest off the line but overtaking is a breeze with that turbo giving a big shove in the back. I'm not sure what the 70 to 100 is, but I'm willing to bet it would give some of those German and Japanese sports sedans a pretty good run for their money. Of course with a Saab you also don't run the risk of being branded a certain type of person by Top Gear presenters. Handling is very good. The only car I have driven recently (I've test driven a ton over the last few weeks) that beats it is the Beemer 3 series. However the 3 series may be little stiff for our pot holes. I think there has to be some trade of for ride comfort even if you are a total petrol head like myself. So I actually prefer the Saab. Build quality is not as good as the 9-5 probably due to a little too much use of the GM parts bin. The engine and chassis are fine, it's the interior that lets it down. Vibrating window switches especially with bass tones. Cracked tone buttons on the stereo. The odd buzz and creak from the air vents. This iteration of the 9-3 has cleaner lines than the new model and I feel it is better looking because of it. The new one has tried to be more muscular and has a more in your face nose. Not very Saab quite frankly. I do wish that this car was any other colour than grey. I had to take a car off the lot to get a deal, if you know what I mean? Why do Ontario car dealers stock 95 %sliver and grey cars? It drives me insane. Grey is a non-colour, I am not a grey person. Cost of ownership is in the same realm as any other car or maybe even better. No dealer telling you to change the oil at insanely small intervals. The car is a blast to drive and rewards you for pushing on. For a front wheel drive car the understeer is quite minimal. Tihs maybe something to do with the passive rear wheel steer system. A little extra throttle through the apex brings everything into line quite nicely.

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floridadriver writes:
2005 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
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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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Alex writes:
2005 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
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4

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Great quality, quick car yet quiet and very much a sleeper.

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Saabs brand is a little shaky but nothing shaky about this car!

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Great Car! — I love this car! Class and balls at the same time! I can beat those stupid rice kids in there civics any day of the week! 2.0L turbo. 210 HP but does it with class! It's a Saab it has everything you want, performance, quality, looks great! Cost is the norm for a Saab. Fun car to drive! May need some stiffer springs to control the body roll but other then that the 16" rims take you where you where you want to go!

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

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Steve writes:
2005 Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible Review
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5

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great interior and headlights, excellent heated seats and sound insulation with convertible top

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Better milage and less turbo drag

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My Green Machine — Power is great but until you get used to driving a car with turbo you may not like the off the line performance. The SAAB is wonderful on long trips, the heated seats are great and the AC will put icicles on your nose. The body of the car was always a favorite, I had an unusual colour, it is sort of a Mt. Dew green. People either love it or hate it. If you are considering a European make car do yourself a favor and check out the SAABS.

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Jarrad writes:
2005 Saab 9-3 Arc Review
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5

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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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kidlat_itim writes:
2005 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
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5

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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.

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. My Saab just crossed the 100,000 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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icecold328 writes:
2005 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
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5

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turbo, quality, handling safety, quality

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cost of fixing

icecold328
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Great Great Car That Doesnt Break Down Easly But Cost More To Fix — I love this car. i owned over 15 cars and this is the best. great handling, acceleration...I love how the car looks. Every car says something about the owner, saab 9-3 says i am classy but i dont need to show off. :)

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

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Jayson writes:
2005 Saab 9-3 Arc Review
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5

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features, build, value

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black trim pieces - glad they got rid of that for 08!

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Just What I've Always Wanted — I've always wanted a Saab since I was a kid and my mom got a 9000 turbo. I got my car certified pre-owned with 4k miles and it's exactly what I've always wanted. Lots of small features that make it a fun drive. Performance is great and love the small maintenance schedule.

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leo1954 writes:
2005 Saab 9-3 Linear Review
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4

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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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MNG1 writes:
2005 Saab 9-3 Linear Convertible Review
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5

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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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2011 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Excellent By sqlpython

The fit and finish of this Saab are excellent. Saab is an stealth entry into the 3 series competition at a very competitive price. All the features you expect to find in a luxury performance sedan. ... Read More

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2010 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Awesome Looking And Driving Vehicle! By MikeV3

This is a very nice vehicle. It drives well and handles better. This car has the XWD (cross-wheel drive) and is great in snow and leather seats are heated and very comfortable. It also has 17" 5-st... Read More

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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

Saab 9-3 Aero Xwd By Ho

Performance - acceleration good 0-60 about 5.5 sec, braking good, handling good, Seat comfort good Build Quality - No major repair done. But some small repairs. Appearance - Exterior looks sharp and ... 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

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

Fun Yet Economical To Drive By dsgrub

Fun!!! - I had a BMW Z3 convertible but it was noisy and had no room to take a trip. I get all the performance in the Saab 9-3 Convertible plus back seats and space for luggage. This car is fun to dri... Read More

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