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2003 Saab 9-3

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Loveable but complicated!!
25 of 25 people found this review helpful
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By merashad
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2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

I love the design and the performance. Along with that, I love the interior features it offers, not too much and not too little, a happy medium. The exterior body maintained its integrity.


Suggested Improvements

Electrial system (all). Command center, door locks, pwr windows, amp for stereo, check engine light, pwr seats, fan for heat/air, exterior lights (all).


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RUN!!!!!
3 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By beth
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2003 Saab 9-3 SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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DO NOT buy!, bought mine with 27,000 miles, when the car hit 40,000 it was down hill!, rattling under the hood, cup holder broke, radio dislpay broke, panel behind the drivers seat broke, compressor broke, forget about check engine light, ALWAYS on despite paying hundreds of dollars to replace stupic sensor, last 8 months i;ve shelled out $3000, and as we speak, was towed from work to dealer for not starting, not battery either! ive had it!, when it comes back im driving it onto HONDAS lot and prepared to take a hit. PIECE of crap, DONT DO IT!!!!! unless your rich and have $ to literally to throw away!


Favorite Features

none, looks great on the back of a tow truck, and the bottom of a lake.


Suggested Improvements

recall, and never make another one.


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Last Saab I'll buy
8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By Avi8jazz
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2003 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Pros: 6 Speed manual gives us 37 mpg on hwy at 75 mph. Trunk is a LOT bigger than it looks from the outside. Fun to drive. Cons: Replacing left headlight takes practice (dealer charges $90). Windows regulator is defective(bad design) $450/window. SAI Check valve $180 needs a biannual check. If it fails, condensation floods the SAI Pump $600 (current issue). Check Eng. light only goes out when the bulb burns out. No AUX input for iPod connectivity (had to buy a third party $75).


Favorite Features

6 Speed Manual. Large trunk space. A++ safety rating by highway institute. Cool drink holder.


Suggested Improvements

Drain for SAI to prevent pump failures. Improved Windows regulator design. Dashboard begins to peel. Door handles fade in sunlight. Check engine light is ALWAYS ON! Seat memory has never worked (even after replacements). SAI check valve & pump needs a drain for condensation build up!!!


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Holding On to Rattlebox Junk
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By KnottingMooF
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2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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!


Favorite Features

Turbo, interesting dashboard, exterior styling and paint quality. GM Warranty spending over $40,000 in warranty repairs in three years ( one bill was for $21k Canadian) The car is worth about $500. Good job GM! This type of decision is the perfect example of your demise!


Suggested Improvements

A warning on the Information console that the car you are test driving is one of the most unreliable cars in this century. Buy ANYTHING else.


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No more Europe for me!
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By Slappy
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2003 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Bought this car used in September of 2009 w/ 85K miles, now has 94K (just traded it in). Had to replace all 4 rotors and sets of pads, crankshaft positioning sensor (twice), oil pressure sensor, and the head gasket was blown, this was all after the place I bought it from said it was in tip-top condition. Strut mounts were noisy (known issue), headlights were too dim, vehicle rode like a tank, gas mileage only around 21 - 23 mpg HIGHWAY. I owned this vehicle less than a year. After this and my Audi, I will never buy another European vehicle.


Favorite Features

Display on top of dash, looks, auto-on heated seats.


Suggested Improvements

Stupid, worthless cup holders, uncomfortable seats, power mirrors reposition themselves, interior in general, reliability. If there is a know problem with a vehicle, and it's a very common thing, recall! Hello, Toyota?! (And that's not even real!)


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