1999 Saab 9-3 consumer reviews

$25,900–$37,750 MSRP range
side view of 1999 9-3 Saab
94% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 3.9
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4.3

Fun to drive and well built

Great vehicle that is relatively inexpensive to buy, but can be expensive to fix. Not so bad if you are a DIY kind of person.

4.7

Never had a single issue in seven years of ownersh

Drives and handles very well. Always use genuine Saab suspension parts or those from a good reputable supplier. Use full synthetic oil and you'll experience zero issues. I consistently get 28+ mpg in combined driving.

5.0

Great 20 year old car only 53000 miles

Great hop around car for 20 years old Mitchell Volvo in simsbury ct. is the bomb they were the ones that serviced the vehicle from day one.

4.9

If you can get one do it !!!

I am the third owner of 99 9-3 convertible Got 195 on the clock so far Barring the turbo needing to be replaced - hence the 4 star on performance - it's quick once up to speed and passing is never an issue It strong - yes very pick and temperamental - getting the SID as we speak just like VW dash boards the connections for the SID are useless The car will let no know in more than one way what it needs - tune ups new DIC ( direct injector cassette) all easy to find and replace yourself ( 15 minute job at most ) Love this car - gonna do everything I can to keep it on the road !!!

3.9

99conv

Minor issues, but to be expected in a 14 year old car. I wanted a 5-speed convertible for not a lot of money that can fit the wife and 2 kids, and now I have one!

4.4

Quite an amazing vehicle

Wifey bought it new before we had even met. So...I was all like "Saab, eh??" Drove it, loved it - it was only a couple of years old, very low mileage. She forked over a modest sum for an extended 100K warranty thru Saab. These warranties don't generally cover squat, but this one seemed to cover more than most. We had to have the dashboard taken off so they could re-do the cables for the heating/AC system...a whole bunch of stuff like that happened when we hit ~65-70K miles, but we didn't have to pay for anything other than the usual stuff (brakes, tires, oil changes). There have been a couple of leaks here and there, and we have 148K on the car now (in 2013) b/c we found a good Saab mechanic who really understands this car inside & out...so the avg maintenance $ over the last 5 years has been manageable. The drivetrain is indestructible! What this 14 year old Saab 9-3 lacks in updated technology features, it makes up for in terms of overall driving feel and performance, and it is still by and large a very safe vehicle and surprisingly stable vehicle. I think the suspension might be a tad tighter on this 9-3 for some reason. Anyway, great car in most ways, not for everyone, but when the books are closed on that late-90s era of vehicles, despite GM's increased meddling w/Saab, I do think the 9-3 will stand the test of time as a major standout.

4.7

one of the best cars i've owned

i had a 1999 Saab 93 and drove it for 260,00 miles then i sold it to a mechanic. i think he still drives it, great car.

4.0

99 Saab

This car has had, like most SAABs I have seen, a period of high maintenance around 75k miles. I expect another around 120K. Aside from this the car has been very relible, extremely confortable and more fun than average to drive. Lots of room inthe interior, but the hatch design limits what you can load. The car is easy to drive, a blast once the turbo builds and there are a lot of upgrade parts. Gas mileage has averaged around 22mpg, I expected better.

4.6

Owned & loved this car

I owned and loved the safety, handling and engineering of this car. Classically stylish. Lots of amenities most makers don't bother with.

4.7

A Saab story

Love it or hate it. I choose love. We are the original owners and have done the scheduled maintenance, at least until we outgrew the owner's manaul. Now we go every 30-6ok. It is pushing 210k and is finally showing signs of wear and fatigue. For the past ten years, the acceleration and reliabilty were outstanding. We bought a new SAAB in 2006 thinking this one was going to go at 175k. Ended up replacing the clutch after the first teenager learned to drive. This was the biggest expense outside of brakes and tires, excepting the time the whole locking system was replaced when we lost both sets of keys. Great car for the snow and cold but the back seat is tight for the 6'+ guys in the family. The best vehicle investment we have ever made. I will miss it when it goes.