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2003 Saab 9-3 LinearReview
jbrant23 writes:
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Love It! If It Breaks Be Ready To Shell Out The $$ — Just bought the car a month ago, and we knew about the transmission slipping on hard accelerations, but we were willing to get it fixed because of the low price. Just a warning to anyone interested in a 2003 model... They have been prone to transmission failures. If you test drive one with hesitation not caused by the engine be sure to have it checked before making a decision. Other than the transmission failing the car is perfect!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Best power out of a 4 cylinder! Comfortable! Stylish!

Cons: Beyond expensive to repair if you take it to a Dealer, if you can find a foreign car repair go to them first, that's what i did, i saved big$$$$

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2003 Saab 9-3 LinearReview
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Saab 9-3 — Remember these ratings are relative. For a poor, married, college student, this car is about as good as it gets. Solid performance. Not a burner in a straight line, but fast enough to have fun. Get the Arc if you need better acceleration. One of the best handling front wheel drive cars I've driven. Balanced, good turn in and minimal understeer. Very fun to drive. 30-35 MPG on the highway. Great interior. Comfortable seats. Soft leather and heated. High quality sound system and sunroof/moonroof. It's needed a few repairs, but I bought it used, so that's to be expected. Nothing major and no repeated repairs. It's a great choice for people who want a quality sport luxury sedan, but want something more unique than all of the BMWs and Audi's out there. The Saab has all the luxury, styling and most of the performance of the germans (maybe even better than a comparable Audi, a little behind a BMW) at a much lower price (used resale value). I've driven multiple Audi A4's and BMW 3-series 2001-2004 for comparison.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: good looks, good performance, unique characteristics

Cons: more expensive repairs than a Civic or Corolla

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2003 Saab 9-3 VectorReview
Parker writes:
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Sick Car — This car is awesome! Its very fun to drive and is very quick but build quality is disappointing... clearly cuz its a saab. It looks awesome and the rims are sweet, gotta love lo-pro tires. Absolutely sick car for sure

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

Pros: this car is awesome@

Cons: build quality

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2003 Saab 9-3 LinearReview
Christina writes:
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My Favorite Possession Ever =) — performance - acceleration is real good, good brakes, amazing handling. build quality - no repairs yet... dashboard's a little squeaky thats about it appearance - beautiful inside and out =) cost of ownership - gas mileage is pretty good fun factor - definitely fun to drive!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: the turbo is funnnn, amazing handling, and this car just looks sexy driving down the road

Cons: haven't found one yet

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2003 Saab 9-3 SE ConvertibleReview
purdyboyfloyd writes:
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A New One With Warranty Is The Way To Go. A 2003 Convert. W/80k Miles For $7k Is A Good Deal —

I purchased a used 93 SE 2003 convert. extermely cool smooth drive. Almost no engine noise or vibes... SID was gone when I bought it, so can't complain, but I do want to replace that. Internal and external car was very well maintained, looks almost new. Mechanically, the SPORT switch is like warp speed... with Michlens, the road hug is like no other... it's amazing all this from a 4 cly. engine. The things that seem to be a common theme in negative reviews, like the poor cup holder (spilled a complete cup of boiling coffee.....) the light switch and roof switch hard to reach when driving... No elec. windows huh, in 2003, and the trunk lock is a real enigma... all this one adjusts to to have the sport ride I've described. I do not venture to far from home, as the roulette will it start will it not start is very intimidating. It's the only thing negative I have to say... I'm told it the crankcase position sensor... three times in four months. Not a good average... Overall I'd give this SAAB 4.5 out of 5. HOWEVER that balsted engine light just will not go out, and I'nm trying to fix it myself, as I've read all the horrr reviews about sensors being replaced but not correcting the probles. Most disturbing is the It seems to be a tempermental car. I've had it four months, and while nothing has broken down... it seems like a roulette wheel when you turn it off... and expect it to start again. For this reason I'm afraid to venture more than shouting distance that my wife would asst. me in seeing how i bought a man car...

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

Pros: ride, looks, looks, turbo action is real,

Cons: Ignition start is questionable even with new battery and tested ok alter., cup holder is a joke, lights are weird,  

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2003 Saab 9-3 VectorReview
Michel writes:
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Saab Sportsaloon — awesome car! overall aperance is good and the car feels good to drive. it has stunning handling and good performance after i installed a maptun stage 3 kit. the car is quite slow as stock but the good looks make up for that

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

Pros: everything

Cons: value

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2003 Saab 9-3 VectorReview
Mattias writes:
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My Car — nice body. really nice to drive and ok to repair. made in sweden, in trollhättan. Does not use too much gas. nice to drive in long trips. Pretty easy to load the bags when you are giong somewhere. thats is all for now.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

Pros: Its made in sweden

Cons: nothing

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2003 Saab 9-3 LinearReview
Peter writes:
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03 Saab 9-3 — Aside from the all the insignificant of electrical problems, the car is really decent. I'm not much for four door sedans but the look is alright. The car drives just fine and gets really good gas mileage. I use this car as a commuter, daily driver.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Good gas mileage and nice Turbo

Cons: Electrical

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2003 Saab 9-3 LinearReview
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Love The Car But Would Need A Second Car For When Its In The Garage — owning this car brings out a lot of mixed feeling. mostly i love the car but there are a lot of things that make me question that love. its a very fun drive from how it handels to its highway pick up, but your limited with how much power it has do to few and expensive upgrades. also with own this car it seemed that it couldnt go to long with out there being something wrong with it and needing to go to the mechanic and being ther for a while. other than that if had a second car i probably wouldnt care so much but it does become anoying. even with all of this though i will certianly buy another one in the future.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: its different and has a great drving feel

Cons: always seems to be something wrong

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2003 Saab 9-3 LinearReview
Lauren writes:
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Amazing I Love It — I love my car it drives super smooth and has great acceleration, best purchase ever!!!! :-) The service guys are great and really care about the cars. It is also low maintenance and gets amazing mileage for a car that is quite a few years old and with 75k miles! I absolutely love Saab!

Pros: Amazing handling and acceleratioon

Cons: Tight backseat but who needs backseat drivers ;-)

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2011 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Review By Saabfan54

Saabs are one of a kind. They are in fact...true gems from Sweden. Read More

Review By Guru9Z8PZW

For a 10 year old car it seems to be in very good condition. 78,000 on it now and hoping to take it to 170,000!! I owned a 2006 Saab convertible and loved it. When Saab went under it was very disap... Read More

2010 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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Is a nice and exite car for fun on drive Read More

Review By Julesibm

A design classic always the Saab. Loved by designers. Read More

2009 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Review By Guru8PVQC

I think the car is a great value and its features are outstanding. Read More

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

2008 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Review By Guru212BN

I believe its an excellent value. Top shelf, truly. Read More

Review By David

Great car with low miles. Reasonable price. Im very pleased. Read More

2007 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Review By Roibeard

The SAAB 9-3 is a well engineered car that drives smoother than any other make or model car Ive had. I own a 2006 SAAB 9-3 and would be interested in getting a newer model. Read More

Review By GuruTCKSZ

The SAAB is a GREAT value, as long as you have a mechanic that will fix them reasonably. Really fun to drive, great features only found on high end luxury cars, German engineering (German components,... Read More

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