2001 Saab 9-3 Review | Edmunds.com
 

2001 Saab 9-3

   
 
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 19/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2001 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, severe torque steer in SE and Viggen models.

  • What's New for 2001

    The base convertible has been dropped for this year while all other models get two new colors. The OnStar telematics system and traction…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (65 total reviews)

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

Buyer beware

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

If you're thinking about buying a 9-3 Hatchback: don't think twice, just walk away. If you work on your vehicles yourself you'll end up tearing your hair out because everything in the engine compartment is so poorly planned, parts are hard to find and expensive. Good luck finding a mechanic that will touch it. I bought this car 2 years ago and have had nothing but problems for the last year and a half (and it's been well taken care of). There are so many people saying they're happy I felt it necessary to share my absolutely terrible experience with this car. I find it no surprise Saab isn't around anymore.




Love the car

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-3 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I am the original owner. The car now has 132000 miles on it. Two years ago, in the winter, I drove it ALONE 4545 miles from Charlotte NC to Anchorage Alaska and that includes driving the Alcan Highway and then repeating the journey back home 6 months later. I now have driven it 2768 miles across country to Portland. This car never even "burped". I love this car. If I had any complaint, it would be the SID's pixels going out.




What a shame

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

This car worked perfectly for me and I loved everything about it. It had good power, fuel economy, lots of cargo space, I like the way it looked and drove. I bought it used with about 57000 miles and in the four years I owned it I had to replace the turbo, throttle body, and timing chain to the tune of about $3k total. Then one month before I would have paid it off cylinder no.2 overheated, causing the piston rings to go. The engine was destroyed. The SAAB shop I was dealing with said a used motor installed would have cost almost $4k. I liked everything about the car except the reliability wasn't there and its very expensive to fix. SAABs were good in the early 90's, not anymore.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 26
  • highway
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Full 2001 Saab 9-3 Review

What's New for 2001

The base convertible has been dropped for this year while all other models get two new colors. The OnStar telematics system and traction control are now standard.

Talk About The 2001 9-3

2001 Saab 9-3 Discussions See all Started By

phishockey
phishockey
11-21-2001
I'm considering buying a 2002 9-3 SE. I know the price for this trim level went down $4-5K in 2002 versus 2001, which is something that puzzles me. Also, I just wanted to get personal reviews of the...


suz2you
suz2you
11-03-2013
I just purchased a 2001 Saab 9-3 SE Convertible. I am very excited - had it for 2 days. Any tips would be appreciated. I have never owned a foreign car - well a BMW in the late 80s but not since. ...


GBrianK
GBrianK
09-13-2003
I am a 9-3 owner (2001 MY) and am not even considering the new 9-3. I am not impressed with how the model has performed (reliability and performance). 9-3 Vector with 5 speed auto accelerates 0-60 i...