2005 Saab 9-3 Overview

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2005 Saab 9-3 Overview

Saab has continued to make adjustments to the 9-3 lineup for 2005, but this year's changes are a bit less significant. The lineup expands from five to six variations, due to the addition of a entry-level convertible. A DVD-based navigation system has also been added to the options roster.

Both the sedan and convertible are now available in all three 9-3 trims: Linear, Arc and Aero. All styles come well-equipped, with items like full power accessories, leather seats, heated mirrors, cruise control, anti-theft and steering wheel audio controls. Safety features include stability control, traction control, ABS and front side airbags.

There are two powerplant options for the 9-3. Both are turbocharged variations of a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder. The Linear sedan and convertibles are powered by a more modest version, with 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is paired with this engine, while a 5-speed automatic is optional. Fuel economy is estimated at 23/34 mpg. The Arc and Aero both upgrade a to more powerful turbo, good for 210 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. The Arc comes with a 5-speed manual, while the Aero gets a 6-speed.

Owners and reviewers have commented that the 9-3 handles adequately, and the ride quality is better than many other cars in its class. The 9-3's front-wheel drivetrain is a factor in overall performance, but these entry-level Saabs do handle quite well for FWD cars. According to reviewers, the overall driving experience is also hampered by rather unresponsive steering. Owners have commented that the 9-3's interior lacks an upscale feel that one might expect, even in an entry-level luxury car. The dash, console and doors are laden with plastic, and even the upgraded stereo is not very powerful. Although the 9-3 comes with most of the necessary luxury features, reviewers suggest that the Japanese and German competitors will offer better interior ambiance. Favorite features include styling, trunk space and fuel economy.

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    Cjmadman
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    Saab 9-3 2005 Air Conditioning Will Not Turn Off.... Please Help

    I had the air conditioning turned on and i turned off the car the fans IN the car continued to blow. so i turned it on, turned off all of the fans and a/c on the controls. The fans continued to blow....

    1,109 views with 4 answers (last answer about a month ago)
    SilverStone641
    235

    Ac Compressor Won't Turn On

    Hey all. I'm having some AC issues with my 9-3. Up until a week ago, my AC was flawless and extremely cold, then last week, it just stopped coming on. The AC button LED still lights, but there is no...

    20,071 views with 27 answers (last answer about a month ago)
    Carla Thomas
    0

    Car Stops While Driving

    I have a 2005 Saab 9-3 Arc Convertible and the car stops while driving. Crazy thing is it stops every time at the same distance and location.

    27 views with 1 answer (last answer 6 months ago)
    Chris Kelly
    0

    Coolant Leaks Overnight

    14 views with 1 answer (last answer 9 months ago)
    siavosht
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    Timing Belt

    I do have saab 93 2005 with 133000 mil when is the time to change the timing belt

    182 views with 3 answers (last answer 10 months ago)