2001 Saab 9-3 Review | Edmunds.com

2001 Saab 9-3

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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 18/28 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 control are now standard.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
/
  • 28
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

My little black dress that

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Well to start of it is a 2001 Saab Viggen and i adore this car. Yes as with most cars stuff has broken or has gone wrong but nothing that if u know how to use the internet can easy be fixed for a cheaper price. well this is my Second Saab 9-3 and my first Viggen. I love the car for its low stance its after market rims and the most important that tiny coke bottle displacement engine with its shop vac sized turbo. I dont drive it hard cuz it gets noticed more going low and slow witch is what i like (less speeding tickets) but out on the high was its stable, flat and has more than ample power for passing. but like all Turbo engines the best bet is to change your oil every 4000km with synthetic



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

9-3 viggen - wolf in

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

This is my second Saab. My '99 9-5 was comfortable luxury at a great (used) price. The Viggen has all the comfort and luxury and outstanding performance too. The turbo kick at almost any speed is exhilirating. Torque steer is an issue, but there are aftermarket cures for that. Exterior look of the car is very "euro" and hatchback yields excellent cargo capability. Interior is comfortable, lack of cupholders just emphasizes that you should be driving the car when you are in it, not drinking (or talking on the phone). No automatic available anyway, so keep your hands free for driving! Viggen's have a loyal following too, so expect used prices to be pretty stable.




Fun, but look out!

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

The Viggen is a joy to drive, just know that gear selection is very important as turbo lag can put the unwary in precarious positions in a hurry. Watch out for the expensive wheels, they are easily bent. The wheels are not cheap to replace. In 20,000 miles of city driving I've had to replace 4 wheels. If you buy a Viggen, for God's sake, get plastic impact covers for the fog lights and the headlights, it costs more to replace one headlight than the entire windshield. Performance-wise the car is a joy but requires much of the driver. The Viggen doesn't suffer so much from torque-steer as it does an exceedingly light touch when hard on the gas.



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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.

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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...


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...


54model
54model
07-04-2006
I own my second 9-3, a 2001, and LOVE it. I was very disappointed when they eliminated the hatchback so the sport combi model is a great alternative for me....



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