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Saab 9-3 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 230 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/27 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 (9 total reviews)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Swedish sleeper...a future classic

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Turbo 4dr Hatchback

They don't build cars like the Viggen anymore. This car is an animal, pure and simple. But, with 5-door configuration, I can take my family and plenty of belongings (in the huge hatch) anywhere in comfort and safety. This is a very limited production car. With the right modifications, they can be made into not just fast - but also excellent handling vehicles. As long as you stay on top of maintenance these cars are fun and reliable transportation. The acceleration on this car will shock those who don't know what this car is. This is the fastest car SAAB ever produced, and remains so to this day (Oct 2011). Still, I get 31 mpg on the highway and about 20 in the city. Love it!




Fun to drive no fun

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Turbo 4dr Hatchback

Owning my Viggen was like being addicted to a drug. You know it's bad but you cant get rid of it. It was the most fun to drive car I ever owned. I've had an older Porsche and many BMW's but the Saab blew them away when it came to fun. I had to replace the engine at 120,000km ($8000repair bill) then a piston went 5 months later. My dad had a 9-5 at the same time and had nothing but trouble also. Stay away from these car's GM ruined them. If you want a Saab look for a pre 1991 model that's when they were reliable. On a positive my Viggen got AMAZING fuel economy for a turbo car. I once got 1012 km on one tank of gas on a road trip.




Fast, fun and functional.

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Turbo 2dr Hatchback

This is the definitive Saab. Best Saab ever, only the '78 99 turbo compares. It is not a typical 9-3. It has improved suspension, wheels, brakes, aerodynamics, seats, electronics, computer settings for the engine (higher horse power). Overall it is a pleasure to drive. Instant acceleration, great cornering, handling and control when braking at high speeds. Because of the high torque it does have torque steer which is most noticable at lower speed acceleration. 31+ mpg highway - 29 mpg country road commute. This car is for you if you enjoy windy country roads taken at fast speeds.




I love it - but

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Turbo 2dr Convertible

We looked for this car for over 6 mos., and were excited when we got it! Wow - what great looks! Rides firm (but not harsh), responsive steering and brakes, and acceleration is phenomenal. With the Viggen's torque and horses, you WILL leave cars behind rather easily. However, the car IS rather temperamental and requires TLC. If you drive on other than the SMOOTHEST of roads, you'll probably bend the rims, requiring immediate attention so as not to ruin your alignment. Additionally, we just passed 100k, and our water pump, brakes and a/c compressor all went out within 2k miles of each other, amounting to almost $3k in repairs. Be aware - but you can definitely enjoy yourself!




Welcome to the state of

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Turbo 4dr Hatchback

Three letters sum up this car - FUN! A sports car feel in an everyday driver with lots of room. Viggen leather seats are about as comfy as it gets. The real beauty of this car is the engine. Just be ready the first time you put it to the floor, you WILL be surprised at the torque. This car is not for the timid as the torque-steer will keep you in check. As fast as anything you will run into from 30-80mph. Get one and enjoy!




The king of saabs

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Turbo 2dr Convertible

This is my 4th saab (2 spgs, 1 9000 aero, and my viggen). I get more people looking at my car then other cars around. In one day I may see 5 BMW M3's but never a viggen. The speed is awsome. Since they stopped making viggens and have no plans to make an Aero soon, the viggen will reign as the king of the saabs in my opinion.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • 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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