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2009 Saab 9-3
2009 Saab 9-3
Available Price Range $4,094-$14,750 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 19-24 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2009 Saab 9-3

Our Take

The 9-3 is 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) and sedan. Base models come with a turbocharged four-cylinder. The Aero is the uplevel trim in all body styles, an... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Available 280-hp turbocharged V-6
  • Sedan, convertible and wagon body styles
  • All-wheel drive available
  • OnStar 8.0 with Bluetooth technology


Our Expert Reviews

In 2008, Saab restyled its popular entry-level 9-3 sedan, convertible and wagon (known as the SportCombi in Saab-speak) and gave it all-wheel drive for the first time, but even these rather significant changes don't cover up the fact that the 2009 9-3 is not only identical to the 2008, it's basically the same car it was in 2003 — when it was last redesigned. That doesn't m... Read full review for the 2009 Saab 9 3

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Great European Value

by dmk from Chicago,IL on May 14, 2012

The Saabs are one of the best kept secrets. This is my 3rd in 8 years. They are a much better value than the BMW 3 series, C Class, or A4.


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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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