2003 Saab 9-3 User Reviews

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    75

    Saab. Born From Jets. — Well where do I start? I just recently aquired this car but I've been nothing but impressed with it so far. Like most European cars they can be a little difficult to maintain and parts are far from cheap. I luckily have not had many problems with this car. It has a few occasional problems that resurface every now and then such as lock system troubles and regular maintenance. This should be pretty standard though on a daily driver for anyone though. The car has a beautiful design that is both aggressive in its stance and also provides a little bit of elegance. The car is only a turbocharged 4 cylinder with a automatic/manual transmission. The tiptronic shifter makes moving through gears in the manual mode seem effortless and easy with a lot of great pick up. In automatic it pretty much performs the same in regards to shifting through the gears, but like most cars, the standard is usually faster. I usually put it in standard when driving off the highway and then switch to automatic for better highway economy. For a 4 cylinder turbocharged engine though it really goes! I've not had a chance to clock times but it can get up to 70+ mph in no time at all meaning if you wished to drive like a bat outta hell you relly could! :P I personally have not been able to really open it up, but my record last recorded by my gps was 139 mph for top speed. Thats a little fast for highway driving but I did it and the manufacturer promises the car's ability to push at least 172 mph safely with a governor set at 180 mph. I personally would have no desire to go that fast but man would it be a blast! 139 mph was fast enough for me and the car handled beautifully at those speeds. The car itself seems to lower onto its suspension making the drive smooth at those top speeds so much so that it doesn't even feel like your going what the speedometer says you are going! In the city though you might want to also drive a little slow so not to bottom out with the lowered suspension. I think it puts out an approximated 256 hp at the wheels although it takes a while for the turbo to spool up and most of your power won't be felt in the higher gears until you pass 6500 rpm. The first three gears can really go though. Its a 4 door sedan with the ground-effects and lowered suspension giving a very low profile look. Sleek curves also make the car look amazing. It has 17.5" rims that are multi-spoked that come from the Saab 93 Aero, a sunroof, power windows/locks, twin leather bucket seats in the front and sport seats in the back, white xenon headlights and foglights. Also it has a very beautiful dark grey paint that looks absolutely amazing when clean! It handles beautifully in tight turns and just seems to grip the road that much better the faster you go. Its a car that in addition to sporting an aggressive look just says that your here for a casual drive through the country as well. It offers a complete balance of sport and luxury and is an amazing drive. Jump into one if you have a chance, I dont think you will be disappointed.

    Pros: Great options, sporty aggressive look but also elegant styling, comfortable, fun drive, great lower-end performance car, upgraded rims and computer, etc

    Cons: Expensive maintenance and parts, occasional problems with lock system, a little too low for fast street driving, needs more horsepower

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    35

    I Love To Saab Line — I love turbo Power, Strong running engine that gets great mileage for all the horsepower (210) Great handling, Very quite driving on smooth roads, can't here the motor at all. Good sound system, 300 watts, with subwoofer, 13 speakers. Quality parts and finish.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Fast, good handling, good fuel mileage

    Cons: None

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    Great Car! Would Recomend Maual Since Driving Is A Blast! — A really underrated car that makes a great alternative to bmw 3s or audi a4s. In a world where a 3 series is every other car, this is truly a head turner. Fun to drive, and a really good turbo completes this ride!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: fun, safe, fast, and cheaper to run then bmw or audi since it was GM owned

    Cons: none really

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    115

    Overall Good Car :) — PRO'S: sweet looks, sunroof, heated leather, center console key placement, on-board computer, speed (turbo), comfort. CON'S: daytime running lights burn out quickly, center console sqeaks when you lean on it, can be very finicky sometimes. FUN FACT: faster than a porche 911 turbo from 40-70mph.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: speed, comfort, computer, good on gas, turbo.

    Cons: finicky, interior is a little squeaky.

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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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