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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    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...

    22,868 views with 28 answers (last answer about an hour ago)
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    This Thing Just Drop On My Clutch Foot While Driving

    Any guesses where this came from? What is it?

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    Add Hydrolic Fluid To Convertible Top

    The convertible top on my 2005 9-3 Aero needs manual assistance to operate. I feel it needs a refill of hydralic fuid. Can anyone help in how this is done?

    8,705 views with 7 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)

    Keys Locked In Trunk Of Saab Convertible 9-3!!

    Key was locked in the trunk. Had a locksmith come out and open the doors, but haven't been able to get into the trunk to get the key out. With the alarm going off, the unlock button by driver side ...

    10 views with no answers yet

    Getting Remove Luggage Carrier To Operate Soft Top Error

    Help! Getting remove luggage carrier error message when trying to take top down on my Saab. There is nothing in the trunk, and my hydraulic fluid is fine.

    4 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)