1999 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

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    Displaying 11 - 20 of 31 1999 Saab 9-3 reviews.

    1999 Saab 9-3 2 Dr Turbo HatchbackReview
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    Perfectly Designed — Awesome car for anyone wanting performance and reliability. Great turbo car that is a great everyday driver. Car last calculated got 39mpg on the interstate ranging from 70-90mph. It gets about 25 in the city. There is plenty of power yet very easy to drive and though its sporty it treats you kindly on long hauls.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Power and Drivability

    Cons: nothing!

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    1999 Saab 9-3 2 Dr Viggen Turbo HatchbackReview
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    Fun Car To Drive But If Its Not Taken Care If Its Will Be Expensive To Fix — Performance - stock turbo, 190 - 200hb, braking is fine, handles good through sharp turnes do to sway bar. Build quality - most major repais needed was a new fuel pump, and some type a bearings but cannot remember what it was. Anyway the damgae came to 1500 bucks for just those two parts and laobr costs. Aperience - interior needs alot of work. news seats are needed, ac dosent work, needs new inside carpet, cd player is shot, speakers are shot. Exterior - some minor scatches but nothing serious Fun factor - Its def a fun car to drive but its not a racing car. Not enough horse power to keep up with the compitietion theses days.

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

    Pros: Its a Saab

    Cons: If something breaks its expensive to fix

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    1999 Saab 9-3 4 Dr Turbo HatchbackReview
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    Amazing — This saab is simply amazing. The quality is the best. Performance=superb. I would recomend this car to anyone becuase of its low cost of ownership, funness to drive, and appearance. BUY THIS CAR AND YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!!

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

    Pros: Amazing Car, lightweight, dependable

    Cons: Too much wheel torque for weight

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    1999 Saab 9-3 4 Dr SE Turbo HatchbackReview
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    If This One Ever Breaks Down I'll Buy A Saab Again, Damn Sure Of That! — for an 11-year old car this car rocks! full-option 2200 turbodiesel, 120 horsepower. Build quality's rock-solid, never needed a serious repair, just the usual maintenance. Leather-seated, it is as comfortable as it is fun to drive! It has a gas/mileage of 8L/100Km.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Pure and affordable quality

    Cons: could use a bit more horsepower

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    1999 Saab 9-3 4 Dr Turbo HatchbackReview
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    It's Hard Not To Fall In Love With A Saab —

    Allow me to start out by saying I grew up loving Hondas, but when it came time to buy my own I stumbled across this car in the used dealer lot. It stood out because, let's face it, it's an odd looking car, but in a cool sort of way. It definitely grows on you. If you can get the SE trim, it looks better than the Base like I have. If a would have known when I was shopping I would have gone for one of those. I knew nothing, repeat nothing about Saab when I bought this car, but I was sold on the test drive. The turbocharged 4 cylinder is a beautiful and very practical concept. The 1999 is quick yet still good on gas (34mpg highway at 65mph). It really is a pleasure to drive. Overtaking is no problem, and in sport mode it's so much fun when the turbo kicks in. The suspension is ok but on the plus side it is tighter than your standard car. Cornering is always an experience ;-). I have spun out in the snow while in the Winter mode which could be considered a con but it showed me how reliable the suspension can be, even if it isnt considered to be up to "sport" standards. I say this because even while in a 360 spin I was able to maintain control and straighten her out without ever leaving the road. In normal conditions however, it handles wonderfully. Braking is very good with 4 disc brakes, but they are subject to an annoying squeaking even before the pads wear out. I recommend buying higher performance, low dust aftermarket brake pads which eliminates the problem. I don't why the stock pads do that but I guess it's just another Saab "quirk". These cars are all subject to unique little sometimes lovable quirks, with some common ones being SID pixel problems, wind noise, and minor repairs, but overall they are all easy fixes. Getting repairs done at the dealership are expensive because usually there's only one dealership around and they can get away with charging higher prices. I seriously recommend getting the Hanyes repair manual which will save big $$$ on most repairs and maintenance like oil changes, various filter replacements, and basic parts replacements. For example I fixed my A/C cabin fan speed resistor for only $80 doing it myself as opposed to $300+ the dealership wanted. One of the best things about owning a Saab is there a plenty of online DIY forums and parts websites, making it easy and cheap to do the work yourself. If you don't mind rolling up your sleeves every now and then you'll find this car easy and fun to work on. If you don't, then this probably isn't the car for you. Either way the mechanical foundation is well- designed and very-reliable making major repairs few and far between. I'd pit it's reliability against Honda any day. Overall, I found my 1999 9-3 to be the best car I've ever owned. She's treated me well and in return I treat her even better. Saab makes great cars that are too easy to fall in love with if you are lucky enough to come across one. Nowadays the 2.0L turbo that Saab pioneered is common in everything from Audi's to VW's to Cobalt's, but it's nice to own one from the company that did it first, and did it right. For me it'll be hard to find a better car than my Saab and something tells me it'll be the first of many...

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Performance, reliability, cheap to maintain if you know how

    Cons: Few dealerships and mechanics, but no big con's concerned with the actual car itself

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    1999 Saab 9-3 4 Dr SE Turbo HatchbackReview
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    99 Saab 93 Hatchback 2.2 Tid Se — I own my old saab for 5 years now. Bought it with 100 000 km on ODO. No it's got about 200 000. It's a diesel 2.2 with 115 hp. Not fast but strong enought overtake on most of roads. I's an old saab so it's a still saab a bit. It costs a bit to drive an old car like this but i like very much. Many times I wanted to change it but every time I did a long distance I always changed my mind. So I'm still driving it and probably will for some more time. I recommend this car to everyone who wants to have some oldschool design outside and inside + some comfort. It;s not a handling master, It's not a performance master but it always works.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: comfort, seats, practical, nice design, climate

    Cons: performance, engine culture, gearbox,

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    1999 Saab 9-3 4 Dr Turbo HatchbackReview
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    Saab 9-3 Awesomeness — great looks, 4 door with a turbo? and can take a moose. The little garett T25 is a nice addition to an already strong motor. The suspension is good with a little bit of understeer, but its not to bad balencing through the turns.

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

    Pros: Everything.

    Cons: Nothing

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    1999 Saab 9-3 2 Dr Viggen Turbo HatchbackReview
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    One Sleeper — Great Car! Fast! Underrated. Gets looks. Good MPG. Reliable! Looks good. Fun to drive. The performance is easy to gain. There are not many tuners. The Car performs great. The car is a great daily drive and it has much space.

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

    Pros: easy to tune

    Cons: no LSD

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    1999 Saab 9-3 4 Dr Turbo HatchbackReview
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    1999 Saab 9-3 — It's a little more reliable than my Audi. Turbo makes all the difference seeing how this is the first I've owned. I wish there were more aftermarket parts available. Aftermarket parts that are already available is damn cheap. I still love it though.

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

    Pros: Turbo, Cheaper Tuning, Easy maintainence

    Cons: Limited aftermarket parts.

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    1999 Saab 9-3 4 Dr SE HO Turbo HatchbackReview
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    Saab 93 — great car, slow on take off, but once over 40kmh car comes alive. the 185 hp kicks ass. overall love it, but would love to get my hands on an Aero with 250 hp, that would be nice, more power more fun

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: turbo

    Cons: take off from the line

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2011 Saab 9-3 Reviews

    Awesome!!! By Huntman1116

    I love this car because it looks great and is powerful. It is especially great for those who want to stand out from the crowd and not drive a run of the mill luxury vehicles like a mercedes or bmw. Read More

    Excellent By sqlpython

    The fit and finish of this Saab are excellent. Saab is an stealth entry into the 3 series competition at a very competitive price. All the features you expect to find in a luxury performance sedan. ... Read More

    2010 Saab 9-3 Reviews

    Awesome Looking And Driving Vehicle! By Michael

    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

    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

    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

    2007 Saab 9-3 Reviews

    Beautiful, Fun, And Safe Car That Is Very Fun And Zippy To Drive. By kc603

    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

    Great Drive Great Price By Bizzizle

    Overall superb vehicle. It doesnt exceed at anything, but it does everything well. Commuter vehicle, road warrior, work truck, and anything in between. Its done them all and performed like a champ.... Read More

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