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2001 Saab 9-3 Hatchback

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Could be better
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By vchirico
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2001 Saab 9-3 Hatchback 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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going strong after 191000 miles, fun to drive and amazing capacity.The turbocharged engine makes things fun and it is amazing in the snow. Now for the down sides it feels like I am playing wack a mole with all the problems maybe its just the fact it is an old car at this point. I would consider it decently reliable but, the parts feel like there unnecessary expensive compared to cars of the same size. Good car could be better though. if given the decision I would pass considering the company is out of business and there isn't much of a scrap Saab base to scavenge parts.


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Buyer Beware
15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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By lotek
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2001 Saab 9-3 Hatchback 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

I do like the central ignition and window controls, and the info display is handy as well.


Suggested Improvements

Complete mechanical redesign.


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Love the car
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By dstan02
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2001 Saab 9-3 Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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.


Suggested Improvements

The SIDs unit.


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What a shame
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By rb85
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2001 Saab 9-3 Hatchback 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

Turbo motor has great power while still getting 30+mpg highway. Hatchback body style combined with fold down rear seats makes the car into a small truck.


Suggested Improvements

Turbo motor is notoriously prone to failure due mostly to oil sludge issues among other things. Goes through headlights faster than any car I've had even with the daytime running lights disabled. SAAB information display (SID) screen poorly engineered and manufactured.


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I never thought I'd like a Saab
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By Comet335
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2001 Saab 9-3 Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I purchased a pre-owned Saab 9-3 5 door automatic with 79,000 miles on it as a second car. I LOVE IT! I would rather drive this car than my new Lincoln. Great engine, sporty, nice looks. I have only had to replace a sensor ($300) in the engine. Great car for the money.


Favorite Features

Awesome seats, acceleration, and handling. I love the versatility the hatch offers too.


Suggested Improvements

Worst cup holders on the planet! No armrest. The radio is nothing to write home about. Lots of brake-dust build-up on wheels.


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