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2002 Saab 9-3 Convertible

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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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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 205 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 Saab 9-3

  • Though an offbeat alternative to the staid German sedans that dominate the category, a wait for the redesigned 2003 9-3 will likely be worth it.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Comfy interior, versatile hatchback model, powerful turbocharged engines.

  • Cons

    Controls not always intuitive, torque steer in Viggen models.

  • What's New for 2002

    The base 9-3 three- and five-door models have been replaced by a value-priced SE five-door. High-performance Viggen models get a new interior color and a carbon-fiber instrument panel.

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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


19 of 19 people found this review helpful

Never again

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

This car ALWAYS has something wrong with it. You will never stop spending money on repairs.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Great convertible

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I purchaced my SAAB in 2006 with 50000 miles. The car now has 85000 and has had few problems besides routine repairs (front brakes, new battery, tires) the only problem I have had is the digits burning out on the Saab Information Display (SID). I sent the unit away for inexpensive repair and have had no further problems. I change the oil regularly and use synthetic. The car is fun to drive, convertible hood works well. Great engine. Sufficient power from the turbo. The suspension is not as good as the 3 series BMW but on the whole I am very pleasd. The car depreciates rapidly intitially making it a great used car bet.




Our new toy!

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

We bought our convertible 9-3 a couple months ago and we love it. The car gets good gas mileage (23-25MPG) around town where it is mostly driven. The handling is great and the turbo pickup is excellent. This is my first SAAB and am enjoying every moment of ownership. The pricing is so good on used SAABs that you can't go wrong. If your on the fence just do it..buy the car and have fun. Life is too short not to enjoy a little topless driving in the sun. They say once you own a SAAB you'll own another...I'm starting to believe it now. Do your homework, make sure the car you buy is of quality and go for it!




From dream to nightmare

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

This was my dream car until I bought one (used). It's fun to drive, but not at all the luxury car I expected it to be. Over $1500 spent in repairs in 1 year on a 6 year old car with under 60K miles: alternator, exhaust pipe, headliner clips, headlights (always dim, have to replace every 3 months), digital display fading, dash cracked, cupholder broke off, irritating squealing noise from AC fan, humming sound from glove box, roof channels rainwater into my lap, emblems are faded. Payments are too high to be this disappointed. An extended warranty is a must with this car.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Nice, nice, nice

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

We have been looking for a convertible which I fit into. I am 6'9" and am able to drive and ride comfortably. The car is one of my favorites for styling & perfomance. 2.0 liter is amazing bullet proof and the auto shifts smooth and is fun to drive. If you want a nicely priced used convertible the Saab is 2nd to none.




Fun - shoddy build for

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I love the engine - that's about it. Bad tires, soft suspension. Horrible fit and finish. I have had to go to the dealership 20+ in the first 2 years - all covered but who needs the hassle in a 30-40K car. If you are buying you must get extended warranty or get rid of it before the warranty expires.



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Full 2002 Saab 9-3 Review

What's New for 2002

The base 9-3 three- and five-door models have been replaced by a value-priced SE five-door. High-performance Viggen models get a new interior color and a carbon-fiber instrument panel.

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Talk About The 2002 9-3

2002 Saab 9-3 Discussions See all Started By

eman5
eman5
02-27-2001

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...


revka
revka
05-02-2002
And to start, here's some Saab 9-3X information from Edmunds' coverage of the 2002 Detroit Auto Show....



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