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2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen

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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.

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.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Saab 9-3 viggen

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen 2dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

This car is a rocket. Perfect for those who dont want the norm. This is the ultimate sleeper.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Viggen with vigor

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen 2dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

This Saab Viggen is the best of their cars. She flies and handles like the jet she's named after. The car has been clocked at 152 with a bit more reserve and never felt strained or loose. On the highway (if I stay out of the boost range except for some spirited passing) I average 31.5 mpg. I can do the PA to FL run in 18 hours to Melbourne and be as fresh as when starting. She's one silent strong sexy steed! With the hatchback I can carry a large load and yet retain the sleek looks or run light and nimble all day, either way a winner. The Viggen is a unique auto, the fun of a Porsche Cayman, the practicality of a wagon, the economy of a VW, a sweet ride!!!




I love this car

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

BUY ONE, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!




Viggen convertible

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Great car across the board. Excelelent performance on acceleration, handling, braking, and gas mileage. Great deal for high performance classy car with distinction. Not many Viggen owners with less people familair with them which offers exclusivity.



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

Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
/
  • 28
  • highway
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