2007 Saab 9 3
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What a great car

by from NY on January 29, 2011

I bought a Saab 9-3 Sports Sedan in 2007. This was a business car, because I drive 30,000 miles per year. Let me tell you that not only was this the most reliable car I ever owned, but it saved my son...
I bought a Saab 9-3 Sports Sedan in 2007. This was a business car, because I drive 30,000 miles per year. Let me tell you that not only was this the most reliable car I ever owned, but it saved my son's life. First let me say that the car never had a single repair, and the original brakes went 70,000 before replacement. However, the car really did its job when my 24 year old son was in a serious accident with it. This car saved his life. The built in safety features plus the way the car was engineered resulted in my son walking away unscathed from a 70 mpg accident. My 9-3 is no more, but I am in the process of replacing it with the same model.
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Great car with a few annoyances but no regrets

by from New York state on May 8, 2011

I bought this car because I had admired its looks for a number of years. I was lucky to find a 2007 in mid-2010 with only 13,000 miles on it. I think the 2007 is the best model year for this car. Prio...
I bought this car because I had admired its looks for a number of years. I was lucky to find a 2007 in mid-2010 with only 13,000 miles on it. I think the 2007 is the best model year for this car. Prior model years had a confusing dash layout and some technical problems that were ironed out by 2007, while later models were the victim of some unfortunate changes to the exterior. The more angular headlights and grille on the 2008 and later models look rather desperate to my eye, while the clamshell hood gives the car a droopy profile. Finally, the 2007 sixtieth anniversary edition that I purchased has a number of desirable features, such as topstiched seats, gorgeous 17" wheels (the car looks better proportioned with the larger wheels), fog lamps, and XM radio. My 9-3 also has a 6-speed manual transmission, sunroof, cold weather package, power seats, and some other things I'm forgetting. The 9-3 comes in some great exterior colors; even the silvers and grays look unique. My own "smoke beige" exterior is a misnomer, however, as it is a beautiful deep tobacco color with olive and blue undertones. I've seen only three other 9-3s in this color since I got it. This car is beautiful, fast, quiet, and handles fantastically. The clutch is excellent, although the transmission shifting is sloppy. (A Car&Driver reviewer accurately wrote a few years ago that it feels like the gearshift lever is connected to the transmission with ropes.) But the 6 forward speeds are otherwise a blast to drive. Gas mileage is better than my last car, an underpowered VW Jetta. I agree with other reviewers who complain about too much hard plastic in the interior--my Jetta's dash and doors were nicer--but the Saab's front seats are excellent. Had I been cross-shopping the Saab with a BMW or Lexus, I might have been disappointed in the interior, but those cars do not have the personality, looks, and uniqueness of the 9-3, and they cost a lot more. And the unlike those cars, the 9-3 is just the right size--not too small, not too big. I've had no problems in the ten months I've owned the car, except for having to replace the original tires (due to cupping) and rear brake pads at only 23,000 miles. (The new Michelin Pilot Sport Z-rated tires are quieter than the original Continentals, handle beautifully, and are rated for 45,000 miles.) As for the rear brake pad issue, which others have complained about, it turns out that the 9-3's braking system is rear-biased to minimize nose-dive during normal breaking; the front brakes kick in more strongly under aggressive braking. That means that drivers like me who are usually gentle on the brakes will find the rear pads wearing out before the front pads. Not something to complain about, IMO. Annoyances: Unnecessarily complex and flimsy cup holder. No auto-up on the power windows, which makes pulling away from toll booths complicated with a manual transmission. The power windows can be closed after turning off the ignition, but the sunroof cannot. The front windows occasionally shudder on the way down. Dashboard accent trim is brushed aluminum, but the equivalent pieces on the doors are walnut. The rear shelf is tan while the rest of the interior is black. The back seat is small (although better than my Jetta). The key location is fine with me, except that area of the console seems designed to attract crumbs and dust. The stereo is underwhelming, especially for 300 watts. None of these things matter when you're driving the most beautiful car in town. No regrets at all.
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GR8 Car!

by from Tacoma, WA on August 4, 2012

First of all, I've owned both BMW and Merc. Prior to buying this SAAB I once again test drove the '07 3 series Bimmer and the C Class Merc and after driving the 07 SAAB 9-3 Aero, it was a home run. Th...
First of all, I've owned both BMW and Merc. Prior to buying this SAAB I once again test drove the '07 3 series Bimmer and the C Class Merc and after driving the 07 SAAB 9-3 Aero, it was a home run. This car is a gr8 performer and the price I paid (>16k affter purchasing a warranty) w/28k mi. I felt like I stole it. Resale is not gr8 so be aware if that matters to you. I am 6'3", 232# and I am comfortable in the cockpit unlike the 4 door C Class. This brand is often overlooked because of its badge (GM/SAAB), but don't let that steer you away if you are looking for a gr8 car on a budget. I was a little worried (concerning parts availability) after the sales person told me that SAAB closed it's doors for good, but I still could not walk away from this performer. I spoke with my mechanic and he assured me that he could still get parts so I'm happy. Do yourself a favor and don't concern yourself with what other americans drive. Afterall, 5 series Bimmers are taxi cabs in Europe and so are Merc/Chrysler, need I say more. Decide for yourself and drive home happy, happy, happy especially if your commute involes highway driving. Whether you go manual mode or just slam the pedal that makes you feel warm and fuzzy; you're at 90 mph before you can say gosh darn! Turbo-licious! Passing other commuters won't be a problem. If I could make a change it would be the auto shifter. Looks way cheap. Other than that, I'm a SAAB "SNAAB". The five spoke wheels are sharp and the 235/45-17 Pirelli P6's are good performers. Enjoy the friendly skies "KimoSAABez"! 9-3 AEROplane. :)
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An improvement, sans some weirdness

by from Cape Cod, MA on July 30, 2010

First of all, let me admit that I'm a five-time repeat offender in the SAAB department, having owned an 82, 88, 96, 00, and now this 2007 9-3 convertible. And as I did about 70,000 miles in my previou...
First of all, let me admit that I'm a five-time repeat offender in the SAAB department, having owned an 82, 88, 96, 00, and now this 2007 9-3 convertible. And as I did about 70,000 miles in my previous one, which was the previous body style, I'm in a pretty good position to judge the differences in this one. And I have to admit, the car was improved. Sadly, it seems to have lost a bit of its SAAB weirdness, but its an all-around better car. And I liked my 00 quite a bit; I would have kept it several more years had it not been destroyed in a flood. The six-speed manual transmission is a bit mushier in shifting than the previous one, but in any FWD car the linkage can never be as tight as with RWD, where the other end of the stick is actually moving gears around. But its not bad once you get used to it... and the ultra high 6th gear gives an honest 34 mpg highway when driven with cruise control in the 70s. Not too shabby for a car as peppy as this one. Front seats are very comfy, panel layout is excellent, back seats are a bit cramped, but its a smallish two-door car, so that's pretty much to be expected. The gadgets seem to work well, and intuitively, and as the 6-disk changer will play MP3 disks, I see no need to integrate an Ipod - I can get my favorite 1000 or so songs in there on MP3 CDs. If you disagree, there's a front-panel AUX jack provided for whatever music source you have handy. I think that the new convertible top design took away from the looks of the car a bit, but its much simpler mechanically, a definite plus. Apart from a bit of torque steering, handling is excellent, and the little 2-liter turbocharged/intercooled motor does a fine job, with reasonable fuel economy (thought it does need to burn premium). Resale value for SAABs isn't great, which is a big plus if you're buying used; compared to a comparable BMW, Audi, or Mercedes, you can get a lot more for your money if you're shopping for a clean used one. Bottom line - the only real problem I've had with the car is that after I drive it with the top down I get an ache in my jaw... from smiling so much!
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Lots to love

by from Frederick, MD on April 12, 2011

Pros - Engine, tons of power. 0-60 isn't the greatest but on the hwy you'll almost be in a class of your own. It's like silk on the hwy.. that smooth.. Style, You'll get lots of looks and you're not j...
Pros - Engine, tons of power. 0-60 isn't the greatest but on the hwy you'll almost be in a class of your own. It's like silk on the hwy.. that smooth.. Style, You'll get lots of looks and you're not just another 3 Series, C Series, Audi, or run of the mill Jap auto. Comfort, this car could practically drive itself. It is comfortable! You'll be doing 90 and think you're doing 50. Suspension, It's tight. Car rides like it's on rails. Pricing, If you look around you can pick up a used model 3 or 4 years old for less than an Altima. Cons- 91 octane minimum .. Just filled her up today at $4.01 a gallon= $49.00. Back seats, very tight for anyone over 5'11. (very tight) Saab Quirks, chirps, and hiccups.. Saabs are renowned for a lot of things they do well but also funky noises. I'm getting some chips from the front end over speed bumps.. most likely sway bar bushings. No performance effected but it can get annoying around a parking lot. Drivers side seat creaks over bumps from time to time, shifter (auto) makes creaking sound from park, to D, to R etc. (not mechanically its the plastic bits somewhere in the housing) Bottom line: This is an awesome car that can be obtained at an incredible price. So much vehicle for so little money equals incredible value compared to similarly equipped vehicles. I've had an 03 WRX, and an 06 Legacy GT amongst others, but this is my favourite vehicle I've ever owned... Hands down.
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Yes, Made from Jets 2007 9-3 2.0T

by from Florida on January 16, 2012

This is my 3rd SAAB. That ought to tell you something. There seems to be nothing out there in the same price range that out performs this car. The speed from 0 - 60 is terrific. Highway fuel is really...
This is my 3rd SAAB. That ought to tell you something. There seems to be nothing out there in the same price range that out performs this car. The speed from 0 - 60 is terrific. Highway fuel is really the 31 mpg as advertised. The handling makes it easy to drive. I find I can be going over 90mpg before I know it and have to cool it! The only thing I wish were different it the wheel base. My 900Turbo I could put anywhere. Not so with this 9-3T and its larger radius! This vehicle is comfortable for both driver and passengers. There is enough leg room in the rear seat for normal height people. Not sure is you are 6'5" or more. The trunk is large and easily accessible from the drivers side as well as outside.
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Good car, so far

by from Gunnison CO on March 12, 2012

So Far, so Good The car certainly drives, handles and performs well. Servicing is expensive, parts are costly and hard to find (in a smal town). My wife loves it, so in reality, thats all that really ...
So Far, so Good The car certainly drives, handles and performs well. Servicing is expensive, parts are costly and hard to find (in a smal town). My wife loves it, so in reality, thats all that really matters.
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Definitely turns heads

by from Boulder, Colorado on September 16, 2011

I own a 2007 Saab 9-3 Aero. It's the 2.8 litre turbo 6 speed manual front wheel drive compact sedan. I absolutely love this car. The highway acceleration is superb, the engine noise is VERY minimal an...
I own a 2007 Saab 9-3 Aero. It's the 2.8 litre turbo 6 speed manual front wheel drive compact sedan. I absolutely love this car. The highway acceleration is superb, the engine noise is VERY minimal and the Seats are ridiculous comfortable. A friend of mine said the seat made her butt feel good haha ; ) Seats that make your butt feel good..oooo yaa. Everywhere I go someone is straining to see or to take a second look at the 9-3 aero. I've been asked if it was a porche or BMW by the lesser Saab educated individuals. The car looks great. It's the front end that seperates this car(asthetically) from it's competitors. Handling is great with a fair amount of body roll and slight understeer accelorating hard out of corners. I live in Colorado and this car is a dream to drive in the mountains, especially on I-70. Doing 75-80 mph up to vail pass without skipping a beat. Oh, and all the while you have been gripping the steering wheel with a kool aid smile you realize..I'm getting 27mpg?!?! Excitement overwhelms as your right foot starts to press harder on the accelerator. If you love to drive, love to look good while you drive and love to save a few dollars..get the 9-3 Aero
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True Love

by from Wichita, KS on February 2, 2011

I love this car. It is so satisfying, such a pleasure to drive, I'm surprised there aren't a lot of them on the road. Although "fun" is not exactly what a person my age would appreciate most in a car,...
I love this car. It is so satisfying, such a pleasure to drive, I'm surprised there aren't a lot of them on the road. Although "fun" is not exactly what a person my age would appreciate most in a car, this Saab 9-3 six-speed manual turbo, that's exactly what this car provides. It feels subtly classy inside and out. And after having the car 3 months, I still eagerly look forward to driving it, regardless of distance. It has incredible pick-up, and on the open road, it drives like a rocket, having great pickup even at the highest speeds. Yes, this is true love.
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Awesome car my SAAB 9-3

by from FL on July 9, 2010

I can't say enough about my 2007 9-3 saab. It has 30,000 miles and I have had it over 2 /2 years and I love it like the first day I got it. At work, I park it so I can see it out the window when I am ...
I can't say enough about my 2007 9-3 saab. It has 30,000 miles and I have had it over 2 /2 years and I love it like the first day I got it. At work, I park it so I can see it out the window when I am in the halls and when I stretch my legs in the parking lot I just stare at it. Obsessed, yes! They are just so unique looking and looks nice and sporty. It is not an aero so the pick up isn't the best, it is good enough though, but it is so smooth when it switches gears. The interior is also eye pleasing and I love the dash and the little quirky saab only features. I have only had 2 problems, the first was a bad gas pump which left me stranded when I first got it, but they were great about fixing it quick and the lining around the back window is falling apart on the outside, FL sun I presume is the culprit, but only cosmetic. SO I am completely happy with my 9-3 and SO happy some one bought them from GM so that SAAB can live on and I can purchase another.
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