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just one year with car ready to let it go
1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By chema
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2004 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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bough the saab from a kid for $700 a year ago and with 174k miles (yeah too many miles but i needed a car asap) i test drove it and was impressed looks like last owners took good care of the car, at first i didnt research it much but went with the reviews here within the whole year i had to replace the headlights got them cheap at amazon...left control arm, resonator,radio with speakers,front brakes and rotors,spark plug coils,wheel balance,battery,disable the alarm as it was going off random times at night,sway bar links. from all the work it had i wanted to get rid of the vibration at speeds over 70 my local mechanic said problem is the tires ok changed the tires , but nothing did a balance, nothing, alignment! nothing and was told to just get new rims...im like naaaaah i leaving it like that for the fact that now 194k its getting ready to die the engine vibrates most of the the time and sometimes i dont feel the engine at all sometimes it wanna go fast sometimes not. shocks and struts are stiff and a little soft sometimes but no really i hate the banging sound

door locks dont work only with key fob
passenger door locks has to be fixed so it will open from the inside tried fixing it twice but it keeps braking
a couple a month ago got an air bag malfunction warning its a recall dealer said will replace at no cost once the part become available
well i dont wanna drive it if i get in accident and the air bag wont go off then its gonna be on saab? heck cant cause they not in market
brakes pad and rotos are not too worn but a few times i pressed the brakes hard on high speed to come into full stop and the car keeps going a few more feet
no i didnt hear the tiers sky my guess its the calipers
cruise control doesnt work
wipers dont go all the way down
anyways for all these stuff to get fixed i quoted about $5000 i should just get another car and a brand thats still in the market

chevrolet,honda,mazda,acura,lexus,nissan,audi


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Incredibly Fun Car
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By Eddy M
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2004 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I'm not ashamed to admit that I take this car on very frequent joy rides. This is the kind of car that makes you want to drive forever. I'll get the bad stuff out of the way first: Some of the materials don't age well and are prone to chipping and fading. I've also had some mechanical issues but that's most likely due to the fact that this car is 12 years old and is approaching 100k. It drives stiff but it does feel very sporty. Now the good stuff: This is a car that feels very unique and exciting. The layout and design is one of a kind and though it doesn't turn heads like a Mercedes or BMW, it has a very subtle yet true sense of luxury. It feels very well-thought out and designed, especially in terms of safety, even though this car is basically a base model. My passengers almost always compliment the comfort of the seats and I often find them intrigued by the creative design of the car. The engine and overall performance of the car is very engaging especially when the turbo gets going, even with the smaller 4-cylinder 2.0 Liter. The steering and throttle response is weighted nicely for people that like to drive a little more aggressively and enthusiastically than your average commuter, without making you feel like you have to manhandle the car. Everyone that drives my car is impressed by how quick it picks up speed. One of my favorite features is the SID screen that is at a very convenient location. In conjunction with steering wheel controls (that come in every single car) it make you feel very much in control yet doesn't distract you while driving. Green instrument lighting and the cohesiveness of the dashboard and controls make for a very comforting and pleasing driving experience. I often feel you have to be a car lover to enjoy the quirks these peppy little Swedish cars have but if you're looking for an interesting and fun car to drive that not everyone and their mom is driving out there, I would recommend this car for you. These cars have a lot of personality and it really makes me wonder why Saab never really made a name for itself as a competitive luxury automaker. Still, I stand by my Saab as an excellent car that is very underrated.


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A happy Saab owner
16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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By kukusa
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I feel very sad to see Saab went under. Its probably not surprising because today every car maker is going mainstream and the only way to survive is to get bigger, which Saab failed to achieve. But Saab definitely didn't fail to make a solid and sporty 9-3 convertible. They don't drive as well as a 3-series, but not off by much and the car itself is much, much more special. Not the mention the excellent value. Buy yourself a gently used 9-3 rag top today and find a trusted Saab shop, it will bring you years of happy top down motoring and attract lots of envy eyes.


Best Features

- The most comfortable seats in any car. Period. - Exterior styling, understate, distinctive and don't have a chick car impression - Beautiful and quality soft top - Happy revving engine and composed ride - Second row is useful I am able to put two car seats and two happy girls in the back - Roomy trunk enough for Costco trips, unless you're buying a kayak - Night panel. It's cool so don't ask why


Worst Features

I will change it to shortcomings since Saab is no longer around: - Buttons and switches markings easily rubbed off. Does affect functionality but obviousely cheap corner cutting - So-so quality stereo. Lucky mine got upgraded speakers by previous owner - Parts cost and availability


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2004 SAAB 9-3 ARC Convertible for the Masses
20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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By blacksaabeth2
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I truly believe that GM got it right when they retooled the 9-3 convertible for 2004.
The older 9-3 convertibles had way too much flex in the chassis.
Going over bumps made it feel like it was playing a game of Twister.
2004 convertible utilized GM's epsilon platform from Europe which firmed up the chassis 300%.
Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration but it really is firm.


Acceleration is more than adequate considering that the engine is a GM inspired 2-liter Ecotec engine with a turbo charger.
Same basic engine as found in the old Chevy Cobalt


Best Features

Convertible top works flawlessly! I've had BMW and Mini Cooper S convertibles and they were nightmares. Handling department is firm with taut suspension utilizing up rated struts and springs. Dare I say, it almost handles like a BMW through the turns. Not a feature, but the cost benefit or having 2004 Saab 9-3 convertible versus a 2004 BMW convertible definitely bares consideration. In fact, I believe I paid one-third to one-half the price of a comparable BMW 3-series convertible. Not that I am knocking BMW, I own one of those too but that's a different review.


Worst Features

Interior wise, the seats are very comfortable with good lumbar support but the leather seems easily worn. The biggest issue I've found it the lack of quality of the various plastic components. Worn out buttons and door handles really irk me on a car that was once $43,000. That being said, I only paid a tenth of the original price! Anyway, too late for Saab to do anything to improve quality as they are history now that Spyker is bankrupt. Suggested improvement to Edmunds: Saab 9-3 ARC convertible is available in automatic. Your choices only allow for 5-speed manual. Please update the selections to include automatic transmission.


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I don't get it.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By magikarp5
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Just purchased a used 9-3 2004 arc
automatic. It has a 100000 miles on it. This is by far the nicest car I have ever driven. I don't understand why the reviews are so mixed on this car. Now you can get a $40000 vehicle for under $10000. All I hear is people complaining about little things on this car. Performance, ride, and looks, three great reasons to buy it. I test drove others in this price range of $8000, nothing came close!


Best Features

Performance- top speed, 147 mph on a 4cilinder! Ride and looks! Oh yea and mpg and cost!


Worst Features

Interior some things are cheep compared to rest of car.


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