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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 17/26 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    The base 9-3 three- and five-door models have been replaced by a value-priced SE five-door.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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Customer Reviews

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9 of 12 people found this review helpful

Viggen, a classic sleeper car

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Amazing car. Engineered like no other. Find a good honest mechanic and you will be fine. Avoid GM like the plague. Use resources for parts and advice and learn to turn a wrench. In no time you will know more about your car than the harried GM mechanics who mistake it for a Sunfire. A few mods and PRESTO! you have a 400 hp fire breathing monster. In my experience, this is an incredibly well thought out car which is engineered like no other.




I feel the need--the need

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I've had Porsches, Bmw's, et al, ad nauseum but this is the first manual I've had that I need to check the tach to see what gear I'm in. It's that quiet and that smooth. When I first bought it I'd be going along the freeway at 60 and notice that the tach was at 5000 and I was in 2nd gear. The gears are VERY long in this car. The Viggen driver's seat is the best, most comfortable seat anywhere including Buster chairs and couches at home. I've gotten used to the torque steer which adds a quirky challenge to stay earthbound. It reminds me of the fishtailing 1980's Porsches I've had, about which the reviewers used to say, "Fishtailing off a cliff is part of the 911's charm"



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Bring the viggen back !!

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Hi Everyone, This review is dedicated to SAAB (GM), This car was a marvelous achievement especially with a 4 cylinder engine generating so much power, great fuel economy and low emissions. The bottom line is SAAB's turbo engines rule. It dont matter how you cut it !! and by the way I love the exterior styling with the hatch back, its SAAB's unique finger-print and its highly functional, its a sports car, its almost a station wagon its great for a family and it cranks 230 bhp from a 4 cylinder engine that can easily be tuned to produce 300 bhp.




Viggen!

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

The Viggen has been a great car. Great performance all while obtaining great gas mileage. Front seats are a dream to sit in. In all climate areas, make sure to put the Continental Extremes on this car. This tire is great in snow, water and still is 'Z' rated for performance. This car is highly recommended. This car was built in the same plant as the Porsche Boxter.




All around awesome

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Bought w/200 miles on it. Fun to drive, amazing acceleration, 30 mpg on highway, to me it looks sharp and has very nice classy lines, one of the most unique cars, costs less than cars that people think are 'better/faster'. The only sub-par facet of this car was the suspension. i paid 300$ or so for braces etc. and installed myself, so now the suspension is great, and for cheap money!!! oh yeah, it carries a lot of stuff and people, and i have only seen 5-6 other viggens and i am on the road a lot. it has been problem -free and i am always excited to driver her.




I give up

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

The car definately falls short in its structural regidity (convertible only). Therefore, you are bounced all over the place on bumpy roads - honestly I feel more comfortable riding my skies on bumps than the Saab convertible. Also the general interior setting becomes enoying very quickly. There is no cetral lock, and the romote car key only works from about three (3) feet of the car - funny you would find many of us Saab owners sticking the key to our chin to make the door open or lock from ten twenty feet of the car. Having said all of this, I am going to sell this car this spring and by another German or even a Japanese car.



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 26
  • highway
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