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2006 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

2006 Saab 9-3 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 25 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
"tires" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"noise" 2 reviews
"seat" 2 reviews

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Displaying 11 - 20 of 25 2006 Saab 9-3 reviews.

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.

Cons

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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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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Saab06 writes:
2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T Convertible Review
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5

Pros

Very comfortable and sharp looking, with a nice feel of safety due to added features.  I never had any issues with the car, only needed scheduled maintenance.  Would get up to 30 mpg on highway trips yet extremely fun to drive with or without the top down!

Cons

Like most sports cars the tires do not last as long as one would hope

Saab06
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Swweettt!!!!!!!!! — 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. I never had any issues with the car, only needed scheduled maintenance. Would get up to 30 mpg on highway trips yet extremely fun to drive with or without the top down! I highly recommend a Saab and feel their are not many if any other convertibles that are built with the unique combination of safety and style than the Saab 2T.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Andy writes:
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I would recomend SAAB to any anyone.

Cons

The only thing i hate about my SAAB, is when you see the Audi cab you just wonder if i should have paid a little more and got one of them.

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Saab 9-3 — Its great, tyres resonable, wipers cheap, only had it 2 years and it has gone through both of its MOT's with no problems at all, its just a little bit thirsty. But when the roof is down, God its good fun.

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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Devin writes:
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Turbo, Luxury, v6, Cheap

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Bumper/body kit, Front wheel drive

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Its The Beast From The East — Performance - Great performance in a straight line and in the corners. Build Quality - Greatly built engine that can withstand unusual amounts of pressure from the turbo, very nice suspension, don't like all of the plastic bumpers and ground effects. Appearance - Looks great get compliments all the time even with the bumper off! Cost of Ownership - Alright gas mileage considering I have a lead foot I get about 24 mpg overall, some of the maintenance is ridiculous but there are ways to get around it. Fun Factor - 7 1/2

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nadim writes:
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Superb performance & handling

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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:
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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

AcuraT
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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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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:
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Everything

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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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Reviews From Other Years

2011 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Really Nice Car By dsgrub

We discovered after Saab went bankrupt that a lot of cars sat at the ports until the courts settled the bankruptcy. In Sept 2012 the cars were some of the prior Saab dealers. As such, I picked this u... Read More

Perfect Design And Trim By Freddy B

The design, the look and the feel of it is great. It has that classic Saab design which is a big +, but then the material were cheaply built by GM which says not so much engineering thoughts were put ... 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

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

Awesome Fun... By dsgrub

Again, as with my other 9-3s I really enjoy this car. It has adequate power, is quiet, fun to drive and gets good gas mileage. Also, I enjoy all the bells and whistles such as paddle shifters, auto ... Read More

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