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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    The base 9-3 three- and five-door models have been replaced by a value-priced SE five-door.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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (7 total reviews)


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"



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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.




Lots of fun

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

THIS CAR IS JUST PLAIN FUN TO DRIVE. LOTS OF POWER FROM THE 230 HP TURBO. IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, THEN YOU LOOK FOR UNUSUAL STYLING IN AN AUTO. NOT TOO MANY ON THESE ARE AROUND. I JUST LIKE TO BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER GUY ON THE ROAD. TOP NOTCH SPORT LEATHER SEATS AND INTERIOR. TORQUE STEER TAKES SOME GETTING USED TO. THIS CAR CAN GET OUT FROM UNDER YOU, ESPECIALLY IN 3RD AND 4TH GEAR




4-door saab viggen 2002

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

Bought this car in January, 2002. Cannot stop driving it. Great over long distances (100 mph feels like 55), great over windy mountain roads, great in stop and go L.A. traffic, and good in the snow. Have yet to go to the Viggen Flight Academy--can't wait to know how to make the car really perform. Saab service has been wonderful. Best feature: Have only seen one other Viggen in Orange County, CA.



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
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  • 26
  • highway
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