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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 185 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 (10 total reviews)


Love - hate my saab

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 Turbo 2dr Convertible

My main objective for purchasing the 2000 Saab convertible (new) was the safety features and reliability reputation, having been stranded with previous used cars numerous times. Sadly, I have been stranded 6 times in this car, the first after owning it less than a year. In addition to normal regular maintenance, the DI cassette has gone twice, seat belt replaced, water pump broke, AC compressor (broke again within 4 months) to name just a few items. I love the look of the car and used to enjoy driving it but no longer have the confidence that I will get to where I am going safely. I would not buy another Saab after my experience. My repair shop jokes about how frequently they see me each year



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Reliable for the first 50,000...

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 Turbo 2dr Convertible

The car was fine for the first 50K, after that everything that could go wrong did. I maintain the car religiously, keep it in a garage and still it is a headache. For the past 12 mos my repair bill average $550 a month (three towings so far), including turbo for $1900, fuel pump assembly $550 and (yes!) a driver seatbelt for $470 (and I use a solid local repair shop not the dealer that charges a first born).




The best ever

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 Turbo 2dr Convertible

I was a little reluctant to get the new Saab (back in 2000) but something made me to for 3 years later. This convertible is the best ever. In California never Had a problem. It is amazing how fast you can pass any car with the turbo. Even in California this car is an icon and everyone watches you pass. I am proud I made the best decision.



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Regrets, my last saab

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 Turbo 2dr Convertible

This is my second Saab and regretfully my last. The first (1995 conv) had massive battery/electrical/conv. problems and this one needed a new engine. This model has a newly found defect that Saab calls "engine sludge." They are covering this problem under the warranty but beware it decreases performance until you take it in or until it strands you on the highway. I have finally decided that it doesn't make sense for me to pay the upgrade for a performance vehicle when the performance deteriorates. Alas, it is all under warranty but the fact that it needed a new engine is going to really hurt my resale value. I've loved these cars eventhough they proved to not be worth the luxury pricetag.




Very high maintenance

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 Turbo 2dr Convertible

Replaced the following items: 47K miles--serpentine belt broke, timing chain replaced. 56K miles--turbo replaced 57K miles--DI electronics replaced 58K miles--balance chain, water pump and head gasket changed With the 60,000 suggested maintenance, the repair costs exceed $6,000. Saab corporate thought this was acceptable.




I love my saab

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 Turbo 2dr Convertible

Bougt mine certified with 38,000 miles for only $21,00. at this price, there is no other choice for a convert. Turbo is awsome and the car handels very well at high speeds (95+ mph) Put some 15 inch NOKIAN tires on for the winter and 17 inch low profile Potenzas for the summer



 
 
 
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.

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