2006 Saab 9-3 Overview


Looking for a Used 9-3 in your area?

CarGurus has 1,399 nationwide 9-3 listings starting at $1,395.


Not sure what you want?

Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.



Avg. Price: $5,610
2.0T Convertible
Avg. Price: $7,048
Avg. Price: $6,105
Aero Convertible
Avg. Price: $7,963

Saab 9-3 Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 650
#2 T_S_T
Reputation 430
#3 dandyoun
Reputation 340
View All

Have you driven a 2006 Saab 9-3?

Rank this car!

Average User Score

4.45 stars

Based on 26 reviews

I Am A Saab Convert - I Will Buy Another When My Second Car (6 Year Old Honda Accord) Dies by AcuraT
 — I bought the Saab 9-3 on a dare from my brother who said GM could not make a car that people would like over the long haul. Fortunately, this car has proven him wrong and made me a happy customer. A... Read More
Saab 9-3 Aero 2.0t by Alex
 — Performance: Explosive acceleration, turbo charged 2.0 pumps out 210bhp and 220lb ft torque. It's very quiet though and doesn't feel as fast as it is Build quality: Pretty good, solid, well screwed to... Read More
Swweettt!!!!!!!!! by Saab06
 — I like how sharp the car looks and unique the color was compared to the other Saab convertibles I saw on the road. Very comfortable and sharp looking, with a nice feel of safety due to added features.... Read More

2006 Saab 9-3 Overview

Overall User Score

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 stars4.45

Based on 26 reviews

2006 Saab 9-3

The 2006 model year brings more changes for Saab's 9-3 lineup.  Six distinct models will continue to wear the 9-3 badge, but new a new trim and body style debut this year.  The Lear and Arc names have been dropped and replaced by a single 2.0T style, which is available with both the sedan and convertible bodies.  A new wagon model, called the SportCombi, also arrives in 2006.  The upscale aero trim returns, and it is now powered by a new V-6 engine.  The Aero's previous 210 horsepower mill now powers the 2.0T, and the 175 horsepower engine had been discontinued.

The 2.0T sedans and convertibles are powered by the familiar 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four, which generates 210 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.  A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2.0T models, and a five-speed automatic transmission is optional.  The Aero models house a new 2.8 liter V-6.  This potent engine delivers 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and comes with a six-speed manual transmission.  Aero buyers may also upgrade to a new six-speed automatic.  The V-6 fuel economy is estimated at 18/28 mpg with the manual and 17/28 with the automatic.

There are four non-wagon models available this year: the Aero sedan and convertible, and the 2.0T sedan and convertible.  Both styles are well-stocked with standard luxury features, with the Aero set apart by a few performance and appearance upgrades.

Owners and reviewers have continued to warn about the 9-3's questionable build quality.  The interior is laden with plastic pieces, including flimsy dash-mounted cup holders.  The "premium" audio system produces a very average sound, and other electronics (windows, sunroof, warning lights) are also reported to be a bit unreliable.  The 9-3's unique styling continues to be a strong selling point, along with the abundant cargo space,  fuel economy and overall ride comfort.


What's your take on the 2006 Saab 9-3?

People researching a 2006 Saab 9-3 contacted a dealer about

Picture of 2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T
Saab 9-3
28% of the time
Audi A4
7% of the time
BMW 3 Series
7% of the time
Volkswagen Jetta
5% of the time
Looking for a Used 9-3 in your area?
CarGurus has 1,399 nationwide 9-3 listings starting at $1,395.

Saab 9-3 Questions


2006 Saab 9-3 Passenger Airbag Is Off Light Is On..is This Common?

3 views with no answers yet

Noise When Heater Or Ac Comes On And It Isn't The Fan

When the wife runs the heater or the ac there is a noise that comes from the back of the engine compartment right in the middle of the fire wall. when she turns the heater off the noise stops. it is...

21 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

Saab 93 Ac

Our SAAB 93 AC is working fine at night, freeze you out of the car, but when the sun comes up and it gets hot outside the thing only blows hot air? Any suggestions?

532 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 months ago)

How Do I Take My Car Off

17 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)

Key Material Disintegrating

The key seems to be melting almost, does anyone else have this problem if so, any solutions besides buying a new key

17 views with 2 answers (last answer 4 months ago)