by wspcarguy on Jul 7, 2013 Vehicle: 1999 Saab 9-3 Turbo 4dr Hatchback
I bought my 1999 Saab 9-3 in Sept 99 and have never regretted it. Sven the Saab has never left me high and dry (unless the fuel pump or battery died). Super comfy for all riders and far better MPG than listed on the sticker. Easily averaged over 30 mpg on the hwy.
by mazz5 on Jun 13, 2011 Vehicle: 1999 Saab 9-3 SE Turbo 4dr Hatchback
I bought my 1999 9-3 for 6k with 45k miles on it.
Since then I have put 55k on it with minimal repairs.
Probably the most economical car I could have asked for, however there are a number of things wrong with my ride right now, its literally falling apart slowly and not worth investing money in repairs.
Aside from random problems, some of which are due to an accident, I still love this car and the engine would probably be good for another 100k.
Would love to buy another one but all the small problems are keeping me away from Saab for awhile.
Saab changed the car's name to the 9-3, giving it a mild exterior freshening to boot. Around midyear, a high-output version of its 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder (making an amazing 200 horsepower) becomes the standard engine in the uplevel SE five-door and SE Convertible models equipped with a manual transmission. All SEs also get new five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels. All five-speed manual 9-3s get revised gearbox ratios and a numerically higher (4.05-to-1) final drive ratio for better off-the-line feel. A revised 9-3 interior headliner provides more padding for increased protection in the event of a crash. And five-door SE variants add an integrated driver-seat armrest and a centrally located cupholder that swings out from the instrument panel.