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2000 Saab 9-3 Hatchback

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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 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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Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Safety and a sports car

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 SE HO Turbo 4dr Hatchback

To start off, the saab is my first car. I got it a year ago during my senior year of highschool, and ever since then I have love every bit of it. My only problem with it is that it is a little worn. There are some airflow issues and the radiator was leaking but these were not manufacturing flaws but probably from the former owner(s). I wish I could have drove it when it was new but sadly I can't. Oh and these cars are pretty strong, because yesterday I got rear ended pretty hard by a honda accord and came out with just a dent and scratches on the rear bumper... can't say much for the honda though. So if your teenager wants a car you should go for this one, you get safety and a sports car.




Shameful

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 SE HO Turbo 4dr Hatchback

I would expect a lot more out of a car that claims to be an upperscale car. Been a constant nightmare since purchased. While driving it home from the dealer it broke down- $300 repair. Two months later again. $700 repair. then twice more each over $150 repairs. It rides clunky, choppy and stiff, rattles and the body hardware is terrible: door jams wear easily, under the wheelwells wear to the bare metal, and the only good thing is the power and fuel economy and the looks of it. Stay away from this car!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fun to drive

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 SE HO Turbo 4dr Hatchback

This car is amazing. It is extremly fun to drive. Interior is comfortable, not to mention the huge trunk space. Only problem is the display unit is starting go, a problem Saab fixed on the newer models.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2000 saab 9-3

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 SE HO Turbo 4dr Hatchback

I bought my 9-3 SE with 56k, and a year and a half later I have 85k. It turns out that the Cat. converter was mounted too close to the oil pan, thus overheating it, boiling the oil, and causing the infamous sludge problem! I've had my car in the shop 3 times to have it brought back to life after losing oil pressure while driving - not good. The oil screen clogs with sludge and is expensive to remove and clean. This makes the engine work harder and I had to have the timing chain replaced - it was too slack. My last saab 9000 is now 15 years old and still going, I thought another would be a good buy, but I was VERY wrong. Stay away form the '00 and '01 9-3se




My 4th saab, 2nd 9.3

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 SE HO Turbo 4dr Hatchback

Bought this vehicle with 32K on it last July. Put about 30K on it in 1 year. Have had no issue issues with the car besides normal maintenance. Great gas milage for the size and performance. Nice highway driving and comfortable. I very pleased with vehicle to this point.




My third, and last, saab

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 SE HO Turbo 4dr Hatchback

I'm getting ready to turn my Saab in from my lease. The whole experience has been nothing but disappointing. My biggest complaint: TIRES! I've replaced 6 - yes 6! - tires (at $250, per). All 5 of my rims are bent - which I REFUSE to replace. (FYI: A class-action lawsuit was filed regarding the tires. Now, there is a disclaimer on the new brochures). I LOVED my car. I fought for this car with my husband...LOL. This is my third Saab and I would have been loyal for life. I wanted the convertible next, but after 3 years and just 24000 miles (I never drive during the week), I'm ready to throw the keys back at the dealership and never look back.



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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