2006 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

2006 Saab 9-3 Review Ratings

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  • 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" 10 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 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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Per writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T Review
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4

Pros

great performance and decent fuel efficiency

Cons

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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5

Pros

Fast, comfortable, practical, pretty

Cons

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:
2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T Review
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4

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Fun to drive

Cons

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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Erin writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T Review
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4

Pros

mpg, comfortable, fast

Cons

tire noise/ you feel almost every bump

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Like It — i love the throttle response...the turbo is awesome. if ur not payin attention to ur speed, u'll be goin 90 and not even realize it. great gas mileage too, i get about 33 mpg highway..gotta love it.. sometimes while driving on a rough road, you feel everything

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Lindsey writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T Review
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5

Pros

Speed

Cons

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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Nadim writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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5

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Superb performance & handling

Cons

Low resale value (in the GCC)

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Must Have — Best in its class, powerful V6 Turbo 250HP engine, fantastic handling & braking. Service only after 20,000 Km. Low cost of ownership. Most fun to drive - inspiring piece of machinery, very responsive. I just love it! What more can I say?

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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AcuraT writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 Review
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5

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Fun to drive, great handling, good performance with great gas mileage, relilable

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Rougher ride than many comparable cars due to emphasiss on handling

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I Am A Saab Convert - I Will Buy Another When My Second Car (6 Year Old Honda Accord) Dies — 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. As mentioned elsewhere, the car has good performance and can keep up with many V6 engines with 210 with the standard four turbo. Acceleration is not a sports car, but neither is it meant to be that. It is a good mid-sized sedan with spiritied performance, about 7.8 seconds 0-60 mph. The car has typical Saab build quality, a few rattles after nearly 40,000 miles, but only a couple of minor ones. Nothing else has gone wrong, and all service has been free up to 36,000 miles under the total care package that Saab offers for three years or 36K, whichever comes first. I only wish my Honda Accord (2003) was as good with a busted transmission, broken rear defroster, and recalled wiper motor in the first 76,000 miles! The appearance is fine and not exotic looking. A solid car with a solid imagine that is fairly aerodynamic. I get as much as 36 on the highway, ranging from 30-36 mpg. In the city, if I push the engine hard I can get it down to 16 mpg but under normal driving conditions get 22 mpg. Since the handling is great the ride is a little more bumpy than normal as I suspect the GM epsilon suspension (designed in Germany for Vauxhall and Opel orginally) was tuned for maximum handling, not ride quality. Still, it makes it fun to drive although not the smoothest ride. Want a smooth ride? Go buy a Lexus. Want fun? A Saab can fit the need.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Mike writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T Convertible Review
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5

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good gas mileage. amazing pick up. easy handling.

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none

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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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Joel writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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5

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Everything

Cons

Small back seat

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Saab 9-3 Aero — Ever drive a 2.0t? imagin that with a deep growl, hid's and a v6 turbo STOCK. Simply amazing, i highly suggest you buy one. Preowned is very affordable. I highly recommend buying one. Get one new if u have the dough.

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Scott writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Review
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5

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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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2009 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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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

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The Seats... The Seats ... The Seats... By AMME

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2007 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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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

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