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Saab 9-3 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 205 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2000 Saab 9-3

  • An offbeat alternative to the staid German sedans that dominate the category.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Comfy interior, versatile hatchback model, torquey turbo motor, quirky personality.

  • Cons

    Controls not always intuitive, offbeat image, spotty build quality.

  • What's New for 2000

    The base model gets restyled 15-inch alloy wheels, while the SE version gains performance enhancements and increased horsepower. The…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (7 total reviews)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Great used car - would

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 SE HO Turbo 2dr Convertible

I bought this car sight unseen in Sep 2010 from a dealer (found it on Autotrader). The car had 86k miles on it and the Carfax showed it had been properly maintained. I paid $5,900, which included shipping, taxes, etc. Cheap! Prior car was a 1999 Saab 9-3 SE hatchback so I already was familiar with its quirks. I have only put about 2k miles on it so far but must say that so far it is the BEST car I have ever owned. FUN!




Wonderful car

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 SE HO Turbo 2dr Convertible

When I went to the dealership, I had no intention of buying a convertible, but the salesman pointed out that I could have one for about the same price, and I ended up buying one. Apparently I have good luck, because I bought the car with 103,500 miles and have had no problems at all. The car is an automatic (I would have preferred a manual), but it is still quite peppy. I install a Saab cat-back exhaust and an open air intake -- this combo has made for an AWESOME turbo sound, as well as increased response. I have been surprised by the countless convenience features of this car - all little things, but proof in the well thought out Swedish design.




S-hameful a-utomobile a-lways b-roken

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 SE HO Turbo 2dr Convertible

I bought my Saab used in 03 with 52000 miles on it, expecting to keep it for 10 years. The car has been a constant repair nightmare and all issues are apparently well known problems with this model. The worst issue has been the engine completely blowing at 96,000 miles due to "sludge" build-up. It cost me about $7,000 to replace mine. I have been stranded twice due to DI cassette failure and twice for serpentine belt failure. I have also had to replaced the AC compressor. Do not buy!



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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Full 2000 Saab 9-3 Review

What's New for 2000

The base model gets restyled 15-inch alloy wheels, while the SE version gains performance enhancements and increased horsepower. The sporty 9-3 Viggen offers even more power, and is available as a five-door or convertible in addition to the coupe. All engines are now LEV compliant and GM's OnStar "Telematics" System becomes optional across the model lineup.

Talk About The 2000 9-3

2000 Saab 9-3 Discussions See all Started By

okidokie
okidokie
10-21-2002
re: 2000 euro crash tests. Both 9-3 and 9-5 got four stars rating. They said "Saab 9-5 is the safest car ever tested"....


brucec35
brucec35
11-25-2002
I've test driven them all more than once, and owned two BMWs and currently just pulled the trigger on a Saab 9-3 Linear. My impressions are:...


dmain
dmain
12-23-2009
I also have a 2000 9-3 and the turbo bearings burned out at about 50,000 km. It seems that it is a design flaw. The turbo is too close to the exhaust manifold and it gets too hot. In 2000, GM did n...