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2005 Saab 9-3Review
Guru9TWNRP writes:
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It is not as good as the 2003 93 convertible which has leather all around.

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FTBY59 writes:
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If youre looking for a Saab 9-3 with the 2.0 turbo, this in the model range to buy! From 2007 & on there were problems with the intake valve seats prematurely wearing resulting in hard starting & low compression, a very costly repair. Find yourself a cared for unit & dont shy away from higher mileage ones...Saabs are a lot of car for the money!

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2005 Saab 9-3 Review
Jeff says:
2nd only to my 1979 930 Turbo Porsche in FUN 2 DRIVE
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2005 Saab 9-3 LinearReview
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My Saab 9-3 Makes Me Smile — I purchased this car primarily for its excellent safety record, and its distinctive looks. It turned out also to be fun to drive and a pleasure on long trips. The 175 hp turbocharged 4 coupled with manual transmission gives plenty of power and excellent economy (36 mpg highway on long trips is common). I regularly take it into the mountains to ski; with winter tires on it is extremely predictable on snow-covered roads. My only negative experience in 8 years was a broken right front suspension spring, which Saab/GM agreed to repair at their expense despite expired warranty. Other maintenance items have been nominal, most notably two separate rear suspension parts that needed replacing, a new radiator at 100k miles, and 4 (count 'em) driver's side window mechanisms. My Saab just crossed the 125,000 mile barrier; I'm fully expecting it to make at least another 100k. I enjoy driving this car whether around the block or across the country and would definitely buy another Saab.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Purchased new in 2005, my Saab 9-3 has been reliable, comfortable and safe. Excellent fuel economy (36 mpg highway). A pleasure on long trips or mountain twisties. Excellent handling, brakes like anchors. Riding winter tires, extremely stable in snow. Driving it makes me look cooler than I am. With one exception (see "cons") has needed only normal maintenance. I'm very pleased and would certainly buy another Saab.

Cons: Right front suspension spring broke after 4 years (fortunately while parked). GM/Saab picked up cost of repair even though warranty had expired. Right rear roof pillar creates blind spot. Some turbo lag, though not extreme.

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2005 Saab 9-3 ArcReview
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This Is A Nice ,clean , Safe And Reliable Car. — Car is running smooth and perfect at 113-k miles. with no issues to deal with. Everything works like its supposed to and yes the Ac even blows cold This is a nice ,clean , safe and reliable car. Very clean inside and out. shows overall in

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: This is a nice ,clean , safe and reliable car. Very clean inside and out. shows overall in very good condition. Car is running smooth and perfect at 113-k miles. with no issues to deal with. Everything works like its supposed to and yes the Ac even blows cold.

Cons: There are no negatives.

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2005 Saab 9-3 Arc ConvertibleReview
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Great Summer Car — Love the look and the way it drives. Parts can get expensive. It is my second Saab and would defiantly buy another one. With top down its one of the nicest vehicles on the road. Handles great very good acceleration. Extremely safe and fun to drive

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Looks great and runs great

Cons: Mileage

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2005 Saab 9-3 LinearReview
leo1954 writes:
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Great City Car — Great car for the city fits anywhere and sips gas two weeks on full tank of gas. Handles corners like a BMW with half the maintenance cost. If you are in the market for a used 3 series BMW try a Saab just as good 1/2 the price great sport sedan

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Handing and gas mileage

Cons: Space

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2005 Saab 9-3 LinearReview
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Gas Sipper! — Great car! awesome handling with instant response! This is easily one of the best affordable cars Ive ever drove! Excellent turbo! The Saab accelerates like a jet, handles beautifully and is a pleasure to drive! It is by far the most reliable car I have owned

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: BEST CAR FOR THE BUCK!

Cons: NO CONS!!

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2005 Saab 9-3 ArcReview
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Best Work Car Ever —

If your buying a used car (which is very likely since SAAB went out of business because GM sucks at managing itself) then SAAB is a great car to invest in. The 9-3 is a sporty car that handles well in all conditions and costs very little when compared to its Audi, BMW and VW counter parts. It has as much power if not MORE than its counter parts for MUCH LESS $$$. Maint. is minimal. The hardest part about this vehicle is finding one that wasnt driven into the ground by a terrible owned. My best advice is to find one with 30,000-100,000 miles on it for the best deal. Check the engine for any oil explosions, get underneath the car to see if the transmission is leaking (after your test drive) and check the head lamps for looseness, excessive fading on the head lamps. Most Saabs that are used from 2003-2006 are beaten to hell in one way or another because owners dont take care of their cars. Ive owned an 2003 9-3 Linear, and a 2005 9-3 Arc. Loved em both, and plan on buying newer models up untl the final 2012 model. They are very cheap to come by, and very cheap to fix when compared to their counter parts! Drive one, love one, and you'll be hooked :) Keep in mind, Ive driven a Charger RT, Challenger RT, Camaro SS, Shelby Cobra, etc. I know what power feels like and even tho this car doesnt have 300-600 HP, it runs VERY well. I actually put my 2005 ARC vs my 06 Charger RT, my wife was in the charger... and the 05 ARC beat the Charger off the line, and all the way up until I hit 3rd gear. Hope this all helped! Also just went from WV - Ohio to find a Saab for my friend.

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

Pros: Everything.
This car gets amazing gas mileage, brakes well, rides well, has amazing room for its size, has incredibly low maint. and is very easy to learn how to drive for beginner stick shift drivers. I taught my wife how to drive a 2003 Saab 9-3 Linear fairly easy. The clutch on that vehicle plus this 2005 are both great.

Cons: Backseats are comfy, but not enough leg room if your a big person
Interior noise is a little loud, GM didnt add enough sound deadening

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2005 Saab 9-3 Linear ConvertibleReview
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Love It — This car is a smooth ride. It gets good gas mileage. So far only the oxygen sensor has needed fixing. It is a small turbo engine but accelerates well. The only complaint is the cabin noise as to it is a soft top convertible. Overall very fun to drive and love it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Modest power with lots of style and accessories.

Cons: Looking for a lot of HP.

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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

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

2007 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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