2003 Saab 9-3 Review | Edmunds.com

2003 Saab 9-3

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 175 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Saab 9-3

  • A much improved 9-3 in a category that demands excellence -- whether it's enough remains to be seen.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Sharp handling, frugal yet powerful engines, generous passenger room, class-leading trunk space, excellent audio systems.

  • Cons

    Some turbo lag at lower speeds, not as vaultlike as some of its European competitors, front-wheel drive also a slight disadvantage.

  • What's New for 2003

    The 2003 9-3 is an all-new design from top to bottom. It rides on a new platform, has new engines and an interior that's considerably more modern than the previous version.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



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Vehicle: 2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Electrical quirks aside, this car is pretty amazing. I don't think there is a better value for the money. The WORST mpg i have gotten over the past 6 months is 32.5. Best was 36.7. Great handling, leather looks new. Engine is a peach. In 5yrs when i'm done with this one, I fully intend to get the 2008 9-3.




Great value

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Vehicle: 2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Still love this car, even after 130k miles. Looks and drives like it did back in 2005, easy on gas (average high 20's), and has NEVER had a major issue. Like others have said, it's a car that is unique and requires a little more work to repair, but if you're handy and willing to do research, it's simple. Case in point- fixed my power steering leak for $10 in under an hour with nothing but common hand tools when a shop wanted $600, and I'm by no means a mechanic. Bottom line- its fun to drive, good gas mileage, nice enough to drive to meet with clients, and people always look at it going "I've never been in a SAAB".



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Best car for the money,

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Vehicle: 2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

If you're not a mechanic you bought the wrong car. If, like myself, you enjoy working on your car and don't mind changing ignition coils on the side of the highway in a hail storm you can get a great value on this car. I bought this car after the previous owner failed to diagnose the blown ignition cassette. After ~$150 bucks I got a great deal on it. The CEL lights most people are reporting are as a result of non-OE specific spark plugs. Most people spend too much money at the shop and not enough time learning about proper maintenance and service. This car has never been in the shop since I've owned it and for the next 50k miles I expect it to be somwhere between my garage and the highway



18 of 18 people found this review helpful

I love this sport sedan

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Vehicle: 2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

After I sold my old car I wanted an improvement. Something with xenon lights, leather, automatic windows and sun roof, and it had to be relatively fast. After looking for 3 or 4 months I found a 2003 Saab 93 2.0t automatic. I went over to test drive it that night at the owners house and I instantly wanted it. I ended up buying it that night, I didnt know much about Saab and if I did I would have bough the Vector/Aero or the Arc. I wish Saab wasn't in this problem right now, after owning this car for the past 6 months I want to be a Saab guy forever. Im 20 and I am in love with my Saab, I have never had any major issues. Just little things here and there. I highly reccomend the 93



25 of 25 people found this review helpful

Loveable but complicated!!

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Vehicle: 2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I love the car for it's design and drivibility. The car responds well if maintained. The complicated portion of the car is its electrial and quirky engine light. One day the car is fine and the next, the electrial system can just quit without warning. No, mishaves to complete shut off. If you are looking to purchase this car you'll need to have on hand about $1500 due to abrupt problems.




Holding on to rattlebox junk

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Vehicle: 2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I only wish I had the foresight to read review sites such as this before making the worst car purchase in my auto-owning history. I won't reiterate what everyone else has said about electrical, rattle, peeling dash and overall gremlin nightmare about this car. GM has replaced the engine three times under extended warranty. Because of the new engine and all the time and money I've put into this car, I'm holding on until my warranty runs out and the car dies on the side of the road. It's very interesting to see all the high reliability marks if you scroll back to 2003 when the car first hit the road. Except for one person who had high mileage early on. Everyone else scores it a 1!



Full 2003 Saab 9-3 Review

What's New for 2003

The 2003 9-3 is an all-new design from top to bottom. It rides on a new platform, has new engines and an interior that's considerably more modern than the previous version.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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