2003 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Saab 9-3 Sports Sedan, Fun Turbo — Saabs in general have never been main stream, there is something to be said however, for having a stylish Swedish car. I've had 3 Saabs up til now, and this one by far has been my favorite. Handling is petty good, thanks to the good sports suspension it came with. On the downside, it can never handle like a BMW 3 Series, for pure fact that it's front wheel drive, and has more weight in the front of the car. It brakes well, and accelerates with purpose, not too fast or too slow. Build quality still leaves something to be desired. Too shoddy on the quality of materials, no thanks to what GM gives SAAB to work with. Cost of ownership is something to HIGHLY CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING! The parts are not cheap! All in all, I love this car, not for just what it is, but for how it identifies myself; willing to not be main stream, and take "The Road Not Taken".

    Pros: Turbo, Swedish Style, Not too common

    Cons: Cheap Interior, Hard Suspension, Random Rattles

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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 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

    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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