2002 Saab 9 3
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Beach car

by from Manchester on July 21, 2017

It's an excellent riding good-looking comfortable vehicle I'm just not into convertibles. I bought the car originally for my daughter who had already bought a car before I know
It's an excellent riding good-looking comfortable vehicle I'm just not into convertibles. I bought the car originally for my daughter who had already bought a car before I know
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Good performance on a budget

by from West Lafayette, IN on March 22, 2017

2002 saab 9-3 is a fun car to drive, leather interior add comfort and the driving position is alright, though the steering wheel only telescopes so taller drivers may find it a bit tight. the car has ...
2002 saab 9-3 is a fun car to drive, leather interior add comfort and the driving position is alright, though the steering wheel only telescopes so taller drivers may find it a bit tight. the car has a turbo and has a bit more punch than you'd expect from a 4 beater from the early 2000s
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Love my Saab

by from Yelm, WA on March 7, 2017

I have a manual transmission Saab q-3 se. Great interior very upscale look to it. Leather seats, heated seats, hatchback, runs great drives like a champ. Gets great gas milage and looks great on the o...
I have a manual transmission Saab q-3 se. Great interior very upscale look to it. Leather seats, heated seats, hatchback, runs great drives like a champ. Gets great gas milage and looks great on the outside as well.
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This car... just wow!

by from Chicago on October 21, 2013

I just bought a Viggen, and it's amazing. When I say this thing is the most fun car I've ever driven, that is an epic understatement. This thing is a monster! It puts 260 ft/lbs through its front whee...
I just bought a Viggen, and it's amazing. When I say this thing is the most fun car I've ever driven, that is an epic understatement. This thing is a monster! It puts 260 ft/lbs through its front wheels! Even with TCS, the wheel wants to rip out of my hand. The handling isn't as precise as I'm used to, but the ride is awesome, for a sports model. The convertible top is tight as a drum, and there's no squeaks/rattles. The seats are comfy, and the seat heaters are a perfect temperature. The cons are, the digital display in the dash is fragile. I hate power seats, but that's my personal thing. Everything electric shuts down when the engine's off, so no rolling up the windows, or seat adjustments, just the radio. Lastly, the trunk is tiny. If you want to put the top down, you're left with a space 13" tall. Also, parts prices are insane. Let none of the cons deter you. This car puts the Enzyte smile on my face. Ifyou're looking for aconvertible that's fun, fast, and safe, then this is it. My only regret, I now live in fear a Viggen sspecific part will fail.
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good for $ spent

by from WEST PALM BEACH, FL on May 5, 2013

This is a very good car, with an excellent reliability record and outstanding safety record. When you can get a $ 40,000 car for $ 7000, 11 years old, that's worth using Cars.com every time I need a v...
This is a very good car, with an excellent reliability record and outstanding safety record. When you can get a $ 40,000 car for $ 7000, 11 years old, that's worth using Cars.com every time I need a vehicle----for myself, my business, or anyone in my business. Thank you CARS. com !! SCE. In the Biz.
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Doing Business with Tony

by from Lansdale, PA on March 11, 2013

I went to Saldutti Vehicle Re-marketing, Met Tony, the owner. Great guy, he showed me the the Saab I was interested in. The interior was in excellent condition. all power package was in working condit...
I went to Saldutti Vehicle Re-marketing, Met Tony, the owner. Great guy, he showed me the the Saab I was interested in. The interior was in excellent condition. all power package was in working condition. the paint was in good condition with a few minor chips. Tony pulled it out so I could take it for a ride. I was purchasing this car for my daughter, and I wanted to make sure she would have a safe car to drive. I had asked Tony all he knew about the car and to my surprise he was honest. I already checked the car out and everything he said was fact no games and no hard sale. The car ran a bit rough but it was an easy fix, with proper oil and high octane gas. I took it to my saab mechanic and he informed me I had a really great car. The O2 sensor needed to be replaced, I fixed that and had the oil change, and had the car completely detail. My daughter was so happy with her new car. I got it for a great price and an addition 425.00 for the oil, gas, detail and sensor, not a bad deal. When and if I need another car, I will call Tony Saldutti first. Ask the right question and he will always give you the right answers.
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Solid Car - A little quirky

by from Boston, MA on October 2, 2012

This car has been fine so far for the most part. For a 10 year old car with a turbo engine, the gas mileage is really good. I've been filling the tank every 2.5 weeks for my short commute. The car is ...
This car has been fine so far for the most part. For a 10 year old car with a turbo engine, the gas mileage is really good. I've been filling the tank every 2.5 weeks for my short commute. The car is very comfortable to ride in, and the sound system seems good enough. One big complaint: Saabs have a known problem with the neutral position safety switch, which we failed to detect prior to purchase (thanks to a sleazy dealer). Basically, the switch doesn't reset properly when the car is turned off, so until the engine completely cools, the car cannot be restarted (usually ~ 1 hour). This can be fixed, but it is rather expensive (>$600 for the part alone). My advice: if you're looking at a used Saab, drive it fast enough and long enough to get it hot, then shut it off and try to re-start it 10 minutes later. If it doesn't start, you're going to have an expensive repair.
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Fantastic

by from Three Rivers, MI on October 20, 2011

All I can say it they sure design a fun vehicle that is a pleasure to drive. Very good excelleration & top notch fuel milage that is no found in most cars. WE LOVE IT
All I can say it they sure design a fun vehicle that is a pleasure to drive. Very good excelleration & top notch fuel milage that is no found in most cars. WE LOVE IT
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Love the Classic Hatch

by from Chicago, IL on April 13, 2011

I bought this vehicle used when Saab was on the verge of extinction. I always wanted this car when I graduated from college. This is a very intelligent design providing balance in luxury, performance ...
I bought this vehicle used when Saab was on the verge of extinction. I always wanted this car when I graduated from college. This is a very intelligent design providing balance in luxury, performance and utility. Great brakes, fun to drive 5 spd, easy to maintain and inexpensive replacement parts. Gets around well enough in the snow. I have no idea why saab moved away from the hatch design when they should have kept perfecting it and perhaps increased the size by about 6 inches in length and 4 - 5 inches in width. This is the car the Prius was modeled after. Saab just needs to innovate and provide more mpg with performance. That said, my 2002 SE gets very good gas mileage in relation to the performance. The styling never gets old. The rear trunk is cavernous. With seats down it holds as much as any mid-sized suv. If saab were to make a slightly larger version with updated performance say 240 hp and tune the suspension firmer, with similar interior fit and finish / safety features and keep the car in the high $30s / entry $40s, I would buy that car all day. Saab is under rated but they need to go back to be unique and purpose built versus trying to be like every other european manufacturer.
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Beautiful little car

by from Burlington, VT on July 29, 2010

I purchased my 9-3 SE convertible ('02) a year ago and am incredibly pleased with it. Gas mileage can easily exceed 34 mpg. It's a reliable vehicle with extraordinary performance (turbo charger works ...
I purchased my 9-3 SE convertible ('02) a year ago and am incredibly pleased with it. Gas mileage can easily exceed 34 mpg. It's a reliable vehicle with extraordinary performance (turbo charger works beautifully for passing on the freeway). Seats are incredibly comfortable. Enough trunk space for 2 or 3 suitcases. I'm never buying another brand! Downsides: Watch out for the crazy check engine/airbag/whatever else lights! They often come on for no reason whatsoever, and if they're on for a reason, it can set you back (just like with any car). It's a little small, but I'm 6'3" and fit just fine. I personally recommend the manual!
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