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2003 Saab 9 3

2003 Saab 9-3

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4.1
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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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love-hate relationship

by from Westchester County, NY on November 17, 2010

I have 95,000 miles on my 9-3. After replacing the transmission twice (yes, I'm on my third), the car finally drives great. There were significant problems with the tranny that they couldn't figure ou...
I have 95,000 miles on my 9-3. After replacing the transmission twice (yes, I'm on my third), the car finally drives great. There were significant problems with the tranny that they couldn't figure out until about 65,000 miles. Since then, I've been very happy with the car. It has been reasonably reliable, drives great, and is comfortable in the front and back seats.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this 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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Computer Disaster

by from Bridgewater ,MA on August 7, 2006

I just bought a used 2003 9-3 and let me tell you Ive never seen so much trouble in a vehicle. Thank God its not big problems just a bunch of small stupid problems. Every time something goes wrong the...
I just bought a used 2003 9-3 and let me tell you Ive never seen so much trouble in a vehicle. Thank God its not big problems just a bunch of small stupid problems. Every time something goes wrong the car dings off a miilion bells and lets you know that it has to go to a Saab dealership and a saab dealership only. Everything in the car is controled by a computer and that computer can be only be serviced by saab. Please think twice before purchasing this pampered piece of scrap metal. Saab if you listening you should be ashamed and refund everyone going through problems with there 9-3.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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great lease car..just don't buy it

by from Dallas, TX on November 28, 2006

my lease just ended on my linear 9-3 with launch pkg. just in time as all the electronic problems started in seemingly perfect synch with the elapse of the warranty. still, i was bit melancholy turni...
my lease just ended on my linear 9-3 with launch pkg. just in time as all the electronic problems started in seemingly perfect synch with the elapse of the warranty. still, i was bit melancholy turning her in. her name was helga..good swedish name. and she was stylish, held enough luxury car cache, affordable, effortless maintenance program, great gas mileage and the turbo ROCKED..like a wolf in sheep's during high speed acceleration..that was the deal-maker for this car. so lease this baby, enjoy the drive with no worries and trade up for the aero when the problems start!
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Does recommend this car

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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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Does recommend this car

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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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Does recommend this car

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