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2008 Saab 9-3
2008 Saab 9-3
Available Price Range $3,591-$12,143 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 20-24 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2008 Saab 9-3

Our Take

Saab's 9-3 sedan gets a redesigned exterior for 2008, and it will gain all-wheel drive later in the model year. It's positioned as Saab's entry-level sedan, and it competes with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Volvo S60. The 9-3 is available as a convertible, SportCombi (read, wagon)... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Available 255-hp turbocharged V-6
  • Sedan, convertible and wagon body styles
  • Redesigned exterior
  • New exterior colors


Our Expert Reviews

The redesigned Saab 9-3 convertible has great looks, seats for four and plenty of sass with the Aero's 280-horsepower turbocharged engine.A less expensive, and less thirsty, turbocharged four-cylinder is also available. Base prices are $39,955 for the four-cylinder and $45,640 for the turbo V-6.I drove a V-6 from Saab's press fleet, and its sticker price was a hefty $49,780.Saab said ... Read full review for the 2008 Saab 9 3

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Consumer Reviews


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This is a great car

by saablover from Lansing MI on September 11, 2010

I have been the proud owner of 4 saab 9-3s. The refreshening of the 08 year only made this car better. The cars have always been reliable and the performance for the price is more than adequate. The l... Read Full Review


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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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