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2006 Saab 9-3

$1,254 — $8,494 USED
Sedan
4-5 Seats
23-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Maneuverability
  • Ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Stability
  • Manual-shift operation
  • Construction quality

The Bad

  • Confusing radio controls
  • Snug backseat
  • Price
  • Slight turbo lag when Aero is pushed hard

What to Know

about the 2006 Saab 9-3
  • Available 250-hp turbocharged V-6
  • Sedan, convertible and wagon body styles
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD layout

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
60 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Exciting car with a great drive

by CCNew from GA on August 28, 2018

It is the perfect car for the European feel without speeding a fortune. It is fast, reliable and safe. I have had no issues with my Saab, regular maintenance is all you need. Read full review

(4.0)

Very trustworthy car

by Dieselman5 from San Antonio, Texas on August 14, 2018

Very fun car to drive. Safe on any hillside streets and highways. Never needed much mechanical work and was very reliable for me. Gasoline mileage was a big factor in keeping as it was awesome. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Saab 9-3 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 9-3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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