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2003 Saab 9-3

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200,000 and going strong
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By thartz
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2003 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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This is my 2nd Saab and it's just as bullet proof as the first. I picked this ARC with the 6 speed manual because of the motor. They are amazing. I average 27 mpg and 31-33 on the highway. I got the car with 92k on it because I was so comfortable with the drive train and it's not disappointed. I'm just below 200k now and put on over 700 miles this weekend. Sure there are little issues but it's 10 model years old and I paid under $7,000 for it 5 years ago so i can't possibly complain.

The rear main seal has a slow leak that the gasket sealers can't quite stop. The gas cap doesn't seal properly so the check engine light is on but all in all, it's been great.


Best Features

Motor, fuel economy, handling


Worst Features

A little too much plastic on the interior.


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Used 2003 9-3 Convertible
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By disasterdawg
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2003 Saab 9-3 SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Bought this car with 89,xxx miles on it, AUTOMATIC
I knew it needed a few cosmetic items and tires, but was a value for $4400. Solid car that is fun to drive. The AC blows so cold I had to turn it down on a 90+ degree day. Items are simple to fix like the DIC and fluid for the covnertible top. Lots of parts on eBay and videos on YouTube to help. Is quick and responsive. The Sweeds know nothing of cup holders though. The car will throw trouble codes every day. Buy a scanner when you buy a Saab. Nothing to worry about, most are harmless warnings and can be fixed without huge money. The DIC (coil pack) is the common failure for most codes, new is $500


Best Features

Driving top down in a very safe car. I have more power than I think and even top down have to let off the gas when the car is rolling along over 90mph without blinking. Has been a really fun "toy" to take out on nice days and not have spent a fortune but look like I have.


Worst Features

Drink you drink at home. Cup holders are useless. Period. That's the only real complaint I have.


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188000
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By dbrooks22
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2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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.


Best Features

MPG. 2.0T Engine is a gem.


Worst Features

Too late to suggest improvements.


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Great first car
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By dipper94
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2003 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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It's a blast to drive. I highly recommend it, however a few words of caution. You're going to have some problems with the electric lock system, but other than that it will perform really well. It's incredibly safe and incredibly reliable.

Before you get behind the wheel of this car though, make sure you understand how a turbocharger works and how to mantain one. More importantly know how to drive a car equipped with one, they drive differently than naturally aspirated cars (Cars without turbochargers or superchargers).

It's a great first car for your teen. It's my first car, go it used for 5.5 grand with 50k miles on it. It's driven me reliably for the past year. It also looks great.


Best Features

Favorite feature has to be the comfort features. It's a luxury car, it has a lot of them. They're all great. Especially the service details, it lets you know when you need an oil change, and tells you your oil life. It's got a good infotainment system.


Worst Features

The Traction Control System will appear to give out on you sometimes, but you will be able to mantain control of the car.


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Great VALUE
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By drfabulous
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2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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".


Best Features

Heated seats are warmest I've ever felt, handles very well for a FWD car, traction control system is very advanced (gets me through MN winters without issue), looks more modern than most 10+ year old cars. A $300 tune woke the car up... not fast, but quick enough to be fun.


Worst Features

Non-xenon headlights aren't very bright, front suspension started making noise around 100k miles (easy fix, however), could use more power from the factory, some parts can be expensive, stereo leaves a little to be desired.


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