• (4.3) 24 reviews
  • MSRP: $512$8,084
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24-28
  • Engine: 210-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/auto-manual
2004 Saab 9-3

Our Take on the 2004 Saab 9-3

The 2003 redesign of Saab’s compact 9-3 transformed it into a premium sport sedan with a long wheelbase and a wide track, which promised improved handling. For 2004, a five-speed-manual transmission is standard on the Arc sedan and a sporty new Aero model replaces the Vector. Bi-xenon headli... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Confusing radio controls
  • Snug backseat
  • Price

Notable Features

  • 175-hp or 210-hp turbocharged engine
  • New 9-3 convertible available
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • FWD layout
  • Six standard airbags

2004 Saab 9-3 Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

Easy to see advantages of 9-3 convertible The Saab 9-3 convertible performs two tasks most drop tops don't--it holds four adults and it allows the driver to see out the back and along the sides with the top up. If that doesn't sound like much, consider that most convertibles hold only two adults or two adults and a couple kids, and nearly all come with soft tops wrapped so far ... Read full review for the 2004 Saab 9 3

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Consumer Reviews


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Overall a great car!!!

by Saab Driver from MN on March 5, 2010

I bought my 2004 SAAB 9-3 Linear used with 37,000 miles on it. I have had it for 3 years now and have put 90,000 miles of my own on it. The car has always been reliable with a few minor electrical iss... Read Full Review

5 Trim Levels Available

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2004 Saab 9-3 Safety Ratings

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There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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