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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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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Mike writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T Convertible Review
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good gas mileage. amazing pick up. easy handling.

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Car — I love this car. It rides like a cloud and is a very dependable car. Whenever I take it out, it shows me something new. Gas mileage is awesome and can go on the highway for 32 mpg. I love it.

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Aaron writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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4

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Power, Handling, Pedigree, Refinement

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Repair costs, Parts availability, Saab is bankrupt

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This Car Blew Me Away. — If i'd had the cash, I'd have driven away with this car that day. This is a great car to consider if you are looking at a European sports sedan. It's a great contender in the category in terms of power and feel. It is a blast to drive and so comforting knowing how safe it is. If you get a chance, do yourself a favor and consider a Saab. You won't be sorry. You'll actually probably be angry at GM for their role in Saab's bankruptcy. Just sayin'.

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

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AgentM writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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4

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It's simply a joy to drive.  The turbo and sports suspension make it fun to fly around back roads or weave through traffic on the highway.

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Little and big things are always going wrong, worst of all is that the car is in a constant state of misalignment and it causes me to wear my front tires out every 12-18 months.  Other issues include bearings wearing out, battery dying every year or so due to the turbo overheating it, the fan needing lubed constantly or is squeels and eventually seizes up, and the CD player skips a lot.

AgentM
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A True Love/hate Relationship — During the few times that everything is working on the car I absolutely love it. Unfortunately those are few and far between. Look of the car: 9/10 - I hated the look of Saabs as a kid but they definitely improved that over time, a really nice looking car IMO. Driving Experience: 10/10 - The car can take off and drives almost as well as a BMW, no joke Maintenance Issues: 3/10 - Coming from a Honda Civic that never ever had an issue this has been so frustrating. Reliability will be a HUGE factor in my next car purchase.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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saabfanchi writes:
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powerful, great value, loaded with options found on more expensive cars, unique

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premium unleaded "recommended," synthetic oil

saabfanchi
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Best Car I've Ever Had... So Far. — This car is comfortable, powerful, classy, sporty, and unique. It's not too big and not too small. The color is very nice in person. It's truly the best car I've had and I wish I could keep it until the wheels fall off. =)

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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jmichaud writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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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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Ying writes:
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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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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.

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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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Reviews From Other Years

1999 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Soon To Be A Classic By Lakedeck

Bought this auto on a slow Friday night for the dealer and drive it off the show room floor. Traded a Volvo wagon in which was great on my bank account. As stated this Saab was a great convertible and... Read More

Great Car A Couple Or A College Student Or Weekend Car. By tbberry

This car still has great looks for the year, Handles great and has a winter mode for transmission that makes going in snow a lot easier. Gas mileage is good and seats are comfortable in front, rear ar... Read More

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2000 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Nice Sporty Look By mysaab

Like the look and how it drives. Wish it had some other features like front door speakers, power seats, sunroof, remote start. yea that could be installed. Seen some SUV's. Like how they all look. nic... Read More

Great Cars Super Safe And Fun By Joe

this a safe a reliable car i have own it now 5 yrs and had minor problems like belts and hoses brakes jobs no major torble out of it in a 100k miles. but even at 200k on the car the leather looks grea... Read More

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2001 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Great Ride By aboutbob

Great family car that's fun to drive, haven't had any problems other than normal wear and tear on a car of this age and mileage, still going strong. Maintenance costs seem about right for a European c... Read More

Saab Story By mbleakmore

I bought a new Saab 9-3 in 2001 shortly after the GM acquisition. I never cared for the new sedan styling GM rolled out and have held out from buying a new one. Now the company is bankrupt and is no l... Read More

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2002 Saab 9-3 Reviews

The Little Car That Could By royal2015

Saab 9-3 good car for someone who needs abit of cargo space and wants some fuel mileage from the 2.0 L turbo. Hatch back with fold down rear seats make this car a great carrier for goods and still all... Read More

Excellent Little Car. By PastorDaleP

The engine is terrific and I just love the way this car handles. It is fast and has great pick up when I need it. The Sport mode is an added plus. Also, my model does excellent on fuel. On the open ro... Read More

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2003 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Not Bad For Use As Secondary Car By chemaespi

i have a saturn ion as i put a lot of money into that car i decided to give the car a rest and i wanted to buy a car that not many people have (theres just way too many hondas around here) and as a se... Read More

Spunky And Sporty By fdmedic412

Very spunky great handling sporty car. Typical cargo space for a sports car. Comfortable seats. SID pixels are notoriously deficient. Paint has blemishes. Soft top easy up and down. I would have expec... Read More

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