2006 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

2006 Saab 9-3 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 26 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • 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:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 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

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PROS
"ride" 10 reviews
"power" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
"speed" 6 reviews
CONS
"ride" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"tires" 3 reviews
"seat" 2 reviews
"noise" 2 reviews

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Chris writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T Review
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3

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A car that I wanted to like, but let me down!

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Numerous electrical problems

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A Great Looking And Driving Car, That Frustrated And Disappointed Me! — This is a tough review for me. I went from having a 2002 Saab 9-5, which was a great car, to a 2006 Saab 9-3 which was a very disappointing car. The source of my frustrations, for the most part, were ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS! The center stack trip computer display was a nightmare! The stereo, climate control, and trip computer functions constantly scrambled their read-outs. I drove a dozen different Saab models, in my local dealer's loaner car fleet. I only ended up keeping the vehicle for 1 year and 9 months! I also had issues with premature brake wear on the rear brakes, which created a cloud of brake dust! I also had the rear leather seat cover repaired under warranty, due to premature wear. All things were covered under warranty, at no charge. I also received great service from my local dealership, but the quality was certainly not what Iwould expect from a $30,000 automobile!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Scott writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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Unique, stylish, affordable, very safe, not bad on gas, quick as a TL

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Minor rattles in car time to time, V6s have a defective coolant tank that will need replacing.

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Saab 9-3 Aero Fun Car, Good Price, Not On Every Corner. — You won't see this car on every block like an Acura TL or Civic. This car is quick, not too bad on gas, and includes 3 years of oil changes and maintenance. The Aero model also comes with a 2 day driving experience at Road Atlanta. This car will set you back for new breaks when it's time but the breaks are very good. Handling is also very good with the back two wheels using passive steering.

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Ying writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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Individuality

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GM quality control

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Saab 9-3ss — Not as Saab as the previous ones I owned but still that bit different from the rest. Fun and well poised around corners yet comfortable on long trips. The material quality suffered under GM's rule. It's a car for those who plainly refuse to drive a boring souless japanese/ Korean barge.

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Aldrops writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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Looks, comfortable, reliable, low fuel consumption, great handling

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Interior road noise, and somewhat stiffer ride.

Aldrops
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Great Car! — I've had this car for about 5 years now and still love it! Drives excellent, handles even better and its very easy/low cost to maintain! Over the last few years, the car has met every need that I've had, its been very comfortable when taking long trips and very reliable when properly taken care of! Road noise is my main complaint about it, but certainly its not anything out of the ordinary but as you can expect its not a mercedes/bmw either. Performance wise the engine is more than enough for a family car, daily commute etc. I would buy this car again as well as recommend it to anyone!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jmichaud writes:
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Instant turbo power, racing bucket style front seats, handles and responds like a dream, engine runs like a band new jet.

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Gas -I'm averaging 20mpg.

jmichaud
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Smooth As A Jet! — I love this vehicle... I consider it to be high performance sports sedan that runs, handles, and performs like a dream! Better than a BMW 3 Series, or an Audi A4 any day. This is really the best you can get for your money.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Per writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T Review
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great performance and decent fuel efficiency

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if you use the rear seats and hate pricey services

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Its Different, And If Taken Care Of, Will Run For A Very Long Time. — Performance: for a 2 liter turbo four, its awesome. Love driving it on the highway Build quality: High quality build. held up very well without any problems Appearance: Stealthily understated. Having said that, it is starting to show its age. Cost of ownership. Services are costly. But its a euro car, its part of package Fun factor: Definitely fun. playing with the turbo is great. Wish it was a manual and had a sportier tire package, but great anyway.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alex writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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Fast, comfortable, practical, pretty

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Bit thirsty, muted steering

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Saab 9-3 Aero 2.0t — 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 together. Some cheap plastics, but most is very nice. Occasional rattles, mainly due to hard sports suspension Apperence: Very pretty, and Aero trim sets apart with deep front splitter, side skirts, rear lip spoiler and lovely alloy wheels. Looks very classy and sporty. Cost of onwership: Fairly average, MPG is a bit lower than I expected, averaging 28-29mpg, have seen 35-38. Fun factor: Very comfortable and relaxing to drive, so not a back road blaster, but there's always something to keep you interested, be it the surging turbo performance, delightful and ergonomic interior, or high-tech equipment.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Grant writes:
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Fun to drive

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Little Tuning parts available

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Lacking Power Yet Still Fun To Drive — I like my cars styling interior and out, but it needs new wheels, window tint standard, definately more power output. I mean out of a turbocharged I-4 it should run way better than 210hp. the 0-60 is also slow esp. compared to cars with the same amnt. of power.

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

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Lindsey writes:
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Speed

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Costly to Repair

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If You Love Speed, Buy One. — I love my car, it has the speed I was looking for, it hugs the curves...I haven't had any problems with it. It is a great car for road trips because of the smooth ride. The interior is spacious and comfortable, the exterior is sexy and sporty. It gets great gas mileage and it is the perfect car for me. =]

Primary Use: Family transportation

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saabfanchi writes:
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5

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An amazing car that fit me like a glove... a great value with lots of features compared to the price of other cars in the class

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car sits very low and the front overhang is always scraping curbs or parking lot entrance/exit ramps.  premium unleaded required and not so great gas mileage in the city

saabfanchi
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By Far, The Best Car I've Ever Owned. — raining sensing wipers, heated seats, rear parking sensors, six speed auto trans, xenon head lights, silver sport trim on steering wheel, two tone colored seats, amazing power available whenever it is needed, this car is the perfect size for zipping in and out of traffic and it's extremely comfortable.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2009 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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2008 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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2007 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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