• (4.4) 10 reviews
  • MSRP: $936–$6,396
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 24-25
  • Engine: 185-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2000 Saab 9-3

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Vehicle Overview
This Swedish car company is now a subsidiary of General Motors, so it should not be a big surprise that GM's OnStar communications system is a new $895 option on 9-3 models. OnStar tracks a vehicle by global positioning satellites and automatically summons emergency help if the airbags deploy. A built-in microphone allows hands-free communication with a call center that provides navigation assistance, theft tracking and other services. The front-drive 9-3 is the entry-level line for Saab, and the larger, more-expensive 9-5 range serves as the flagship. The 9-3 comes in two- and four-door hatchback styling and as a convertible.

Don't be fooled by the 9-3's compact exterior dimensions — it is big inside. The functional, upright design provides 111.3 cubic feet of interior space, enough to be classified a midsize car by the EPA and enough to fit five adults without packing them in like sardines. Cargo space is 21.7 cubic feet behind the rear seat. With the rear seat folded, it is 46 cubic feet, rivaling some small station wagons. One of Saab's traditional features is a floor-mounted ignition lock on models with the manual transmission, which some find strange yet others think cool. The transmission has to be shifted into reverse before the key can be removed.

The two- and four-door hatchbacks are like peas in a pod, except for the latter's extra set of doors. Both have a 102.6-inch wheelbase and 182.3 inch overall length and are the same in other dimensions.

Under the Hood
All models have turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. Base models have 185 horsepower, and the SE has a 205-horsepower version. The high-performance 9-3 Viggin (Swedish for "thunderbolt") is the muscle car of the group with 230 horsepower.

Saab is known for its safety features, and the 9-3 has its share. Anti-lock brakes, side-impact airbags that protect the head and chest of front-seat occupants, and Saab's active head restraint system are standard. In a collision, the head restraints move up and forward to reduce the chances of whiplash.

Saab prides itself on standing apart from the crowd, and there aren't many car companies willing to take that risk these days. Styling is a matter of opinion, but there is no debate that the 9-3's strong suits are its functionality and performance.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

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Fun to drive with lots of space and can upgrade th

by pkhanduri from Texas on November 12, 2017

Saab's are long lasting provided you can do the little stuff and keep up with the maintenance. very few were imported into the US and if you want afordable fun and power one cannot beat a Viggen.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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