9-3

Looking for a Used 9-3 in your area?

CarGurus has 260 nationwide 9-3 listings starting at $2,500.

ZIP:

2002 Saab 9-3 Overview

Saab's 9-3 returns for a fourth year of production, with minimal changes and an abbreviated model lineup. Buyers may still choose from a trio of 9-3 body styles (Coupe, Sedan, Convertible) but the base trim level is no longer available. Saab now touts the SE as value-priced, in an attempt to still offer prospective buyers a relatively affordable route to 9-3 ownership. The only other notable change is a new carbon-fiber instrument panel in the Viggen models.

For 2002, the 9-3 model lineup has been slimmed from seven to five variants. The two trims, SE and Viggen, are applicable to the Sedan and Convertible. The Coupe is now only offered in the Viggen trim. The features and options rosters are unaltered for this year.

The power plant options are the same, but the 185 horsepower engine has been dropped. The SE is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 liter inline four, which delivers 205 horsepower and 209 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is paired with this engine, but a four-speed automatic is also optional. The Viggen houses a 2.3 liter turbocharged inline four, good for 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated to a five-speed manual transmission only. Fuel economy is estimated at 23/33 mpg for the manual SE, and 19/28 mpg for the Viggen.

Reviews for the 2002 9-3 are a mixed bag, as some owners report virtually no issues while others strongly caution against the frequency and high cost of repairs. In various consumer reviews, the 9-3 earns high marks for performance, driving experience and design. Favorite features include the fuel efficient yet powerful turbocharged engine, the safety of traction control, the convenience of OnStar, and the spaciousness of the hatchback. The ill-conceived dash-mounted cup holders continue to be a big negative.

Updated by Anonymous

What's your take on the 2002 Saab 9-3?

Have you driven a 2002 Saab 9-3?  
9-3

Looking for a Used 9-3 in your area?

CarGurus has 260 nationwide 9-3 listings starting at $2,500.

ZIP:
Have questions?   Ask a question

Saab 9-3 Questions

90

Accelerator Pedal Senson

My accelerator pedal doesn't work when I depress it. The engine will not rev up. I checked the throttle body coil and it seems to be working ok. Is there a sensor or fuse that operators this throttl...

Lost Saab 9-3 Key

My one and only Saab 9-3 car key is lost. How do I go about getting a replacement without spending a fortune??

Battery Light In Dash Board Not Working

My car is losing charge in battery so I tested the voltage output of the alternator (batterys new from store) and found out that the alternator is not good however i just realized the battery light...

Broken Gear Shifter!

So I had drove my Saab 9-3 to a job interview and when I came back out and started my car the shifter went straight back to the drive position when I was trying to back up. So I tried to put it in ...

20

2002 Saab 9-3 Dies While Driving

I have a 2002 Saab 9-3 that randomly shuts off while driving and starts up again. sometimes right away sometimes in 10 minutes. Note: I have most recently changed out the old crank position sensor f...