2003 Saab 9 3
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Amazing

by from Kissimmee, FL on October 25, 2012

I've owned this car for 8 months, and it has been incredible. I've driven many different cars, premium to ordinary, and nothing really compares to the personality of this car. The gas mileage is unpre...
I've owned this car for 8 months, and it has been incredible. I've driven many different cars, premium to ordinary, and nothing really compares to the personality of this car. The gas mileage is unprecedented when you consider the power these cars have. The handling is crisp and responsive, and when cornering the ride feels confident and smooth. I'm in love with this car, and after driving it, I dread the thought of having to turn to a different brand eventually. Unless the new Chinese owned Saab manages to turn out a surprising electric car.
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10 year old SAAB still a winner

by from Boonton, NJ on January 27, 2014

My 17 year old son purchased this as his first car with my assistance. He absolutely loves it and so do I. He's getting about 30 mpg, it rides nice and his older sisters are jealous of all the options...
My 17 year old son purchased this as his first car with my assistance. He absolutely loves it and so do I. He's getting about 30 mpg, it rides nice and his older sisters are jealous of all the options that he has especially heated seats (and seatbacks!) I love the way the car is built although after a couple of weeks I had to change the serpentine belt which required a special tool. With 133k miles, this car is in great shape and we got a phenominal deal. The dealer thought that they had the Linear model with a handful of options but it turns out that this is a Vector which is the top of the line with many amenities. As a backyard mechanic for 40 years having worked on most brands, I can't say enough about how well this machine is built.
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Very fun car

by from Columbus, OH on April 25, 2010

I was saving up for my next car after owning a ford explorer for three years. I was determined to find a car that had style, was luxurious, practical, and had great performance. I have to say this car...
I was saving up for my next car after owning a ford explorer for three years. I was determined to find a car that had style, was luxurious, practical, and had great performance. I have to say this car has all of the above. It wasn't hard to notice the difference of my explorer and fixing it every other month, wondering if it was going to run rather than starting up the Saab and knowing it's going to run. I was lucky to get it for such a steal which made it even better. It's a six speed manual arc and is extremely fun to drive. Aside from very minor things about this car such as the pealing paint on the dash overtime, and the occasional electronic problem (as to be expected with such a high tech car), its a great car the i know will start up and run great with almost no mechanical problems. Trust me when i say after 80,000 miles of use there have been no major problems, and this car is pure pleasure that keeps me looking back at it whenever Im walking into work or my house. Don't shy away from this car because of other peoples problems when most of everyone's reasons are minor things that shouldn't sway your decision.
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Fun I'll car

by from Los Angeles on August 25, 2012

I really like my car.. It's nowhere near Volvo but I like it. It is a average good car. The only issue I have with is the key placement and the cup holder. It is the most awful cup holder in the plane...
I really like my car.. It's nowhere near Volvo but I like it. It is a average good car. The only issue I have with is the key placement and the cup holder. It is the most awful cup holder in the planet. It is absolutely useless. Other than that the car is fun and really nice to look at. I love the turbo engine it really shoots out the speed when needed. I give this car 3.5 stars out of 5. And would I recommend it? It is great for the price and for the kind of car it is. It is equipped with features better than what our standard new cars come with.
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Nice car

by from Sicklerville New Jersey on October 16, 2012

I have the convertible i love this car..........going to bye another one...................................................................................................................................
I have the convertible i love this car..........going to bye another one...............................................................................................................................................
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Very fun yet very cranky...

by from Hamilton, NJ on October 20, 2008

I?ve owned my 2003 Saab 9-3 Vector Model for 2 years now and have about 76,000 miles on it. The car runs and drives fantastic. The power and response form the 210 Horsepower turbo engine is great and ...
I?ve owned my 2003 Saab 9-3 Vector Model for 2 years now and have about 76,000 miles on it. The car runs and drives fantastic. The power and response form the 210 Horsepower turbo engine is great and it handles like a sports car. The interior is impressive with the cool features and nice appointed leather seats, but the dashboard is a bit cheap looking with all the buttons and black plastic. It doesn?t look like a high end car from the driver?s seat. The seats are very comfortable but the leg room in the back seat is tight. The manual 6 speed transmission is very responsive and turbo lag is very minimal. The only issues I have the car is how cranky it is, The onboard computer reads problems and it seem that every time I turn on the car it is posting a new problem. The car will tell you, every time you turn the key ,that your headlight is out., or it will read low engine oil, or ESP malfunction, or locking mechanism malfunction, or fill coolant, or contact Saab Dealer. None of these systems ever had a true issues since the first few time it came on I called the dealer, but the computer thinks it does. The ?Clear? button is complete wore away from pushing it several times per trip. Depreation is sickining. I paid $24,000 2 years ago with 28,000 miles, now i can get $10,000 for it...
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saab 9-3 conv

by from ny on April 11, 2008

This is great reliable vehicle. The convertible top is great in the summer. Car has lots of power. Would recommend this car as a buy.
This is great reliable vehicle. The convertible top is great in the summer. Car has lots of power. Would recommend this car as a buy.
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Best car I have ever owned

by from Waukegan, IL on June 11, 2014

This the car has been very reliable, extremely comfortable and more fun than average to drive. Lots of room in the interior,The car is easy to drive, and has great gas mileage.
This the car has been very reliable, extremely comfortable and more fun than average to drive. Lots of room in the interior,The car is easy to drive, and has great gas mileage.
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Love the car, disappointed in dealer

by from cleveland ohio on December 5, 2014

The car is a great car. Very classy car, sporty look, but yet a good commute type of vehicle. Great gas mileage. Would like if there was more room in back seat and a better cup holder, ignition key se...
The car is a great car. Very classy car, sporty look, but yet a good commute type of vehicle. Great gas mileage. Would like if there was more room in back seat and a better cup holder, ignition key set up. I love the car and am looking forward to summer time Disappointment: When i first drove the car, i was feeling a pulsation in the brakes. The Brake pads had been changed, but not the rotors, which caused the pulsation. The salesman indicated that he would take care of the problem before i picked it up. I had to trive almost 200 miles to this dealership in Columbiana, Ohio. (Columbiana Buick/Cadillac. To my surprise the brakes were not repaired and after numerous phone calls and the sales manager hanging up on me, i was able to convince him to at least contribute to half of my brake job repairs. It was insulting the way i was spoken to by a car dealership. I was told the car had been gone-over and was in good condition to drive. Now i have other repair work to complete on the vehicle after less than a month of ownership. The motor mount on the vehicle needs to be replaced. This should have been discovered by the dealership, before i purchased the vehicle. I cannot recommend this dealership to anyone looking to purchase a vehicle that is certified. thanks and good luck on your vehicle
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I Love to drive my 2003 Saab SE Convertible

by from indiana on August 3, 2014

I bought my 2003 Saab Convertible five years ago,when it had about 50K. I have driven it since and it now has 115k on it. It is the most fun car that I have ever owned. I love to drive with the top do...
I bought my 2003 Saab Convertible five years ago,when it had about 50K. I have driven it since and it now has 115k on it. It is the most fun car that I have ever owned. I love to drive with the top down, and only put it up when it is raining or colder than 50 degrees. Although the car is 11 years old, it does not look its age as Saabs have a timeless styling that has not changed much since this car was built. It still gets admiring looks from friends, and envious sedan, SUV and mini-van drivers. The Car is fast and handles like it is on rails. The car has all the features that you could want, including heated seats, air. power seats, windows and locks. The front wheel drive and traction control give it good handling in the snow, and the trunk is big enough to hold two sets of golf clubs and a couple of small overnight bags. Like all Saabs, it is a little quirky. What the heck were thy thinking when they decided that it was important to have a night panel light that shuts down all the interior lights? I guess the designer used to sneak home after a night of partying and thought that dimming the interior lights would keep the car from waking up his wife. . All things considered, it is a great choice for a convertible, as it is a sporty and fun car to drive, while still being practical enough to carry four people and luggage thought the snow. Also, it is a better value than a correspondingly aged BMW, Audi, Volvo, Benz or Toyota.
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