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2004 Saab 9-3

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just one year with car ready to let it go
1 of 3 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
5 of 5 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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disappointed and shouldnt be
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By whatever21
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2004 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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bought this one used in 2009. cd player broken. headlight wire harnesses broken. front spoiler fell off.
paint peeling on control buttons. comfort fan replaced-$600. driver side spring broken-replaced- with new tire $1000. lock system always malfunctions.
key fob disintegrated in my hands. cover on third brake light fell off. seat belt retractor just broke-recall item. i am waiting for the next thing to go wrong and i shouldnt be.
the engine has been great.
the ride is fun although the seats are uncomfortable.
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been able to get good gas mileage 31 - 38 and thats what keeps me in it.
if I had to do it over I wouldnt.
if you're looking at saab used be careful


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Nothing else is even close
11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By senko555
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2004 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I am a used car dealer and like cars a lot but cannot compare anything else with my Saab. Bought used one with 60k and now at 120k cost of my repairs are $0. When driving cars like accords or Camry from auctions I just cannot understand way people like them so much. Will never own any other brand for sure. I am sorry to hear that other people have some problems. Just change oil every 8k and transmission oil at 90k with coils and be happy that own one of best cars around. There is no timing belt to worry about either (timing chain) good for life time of vehicle. Still original battery after 7 years and 120k. Last year one Saab was retired because of over 1,000,000 miles. I hope this will be helpful.


Best Features

speed.reliability, style,


Worst Features

dashboard quality.


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Love it when it's working
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Kim
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2004 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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It is a beautiful car that is fun to drive...when everything is working which is seldom. The sunroof works when it feels like it as does the radio and CD player. Have replaced the master cylinder twice in a year and a half. The stability control went out to the tune of $700. The locks constantly malfunction. The brakes are always spongy. Have replaced a wheel bearing also. This is all in less than two years of owning it. I am considering trading it even though I owe money on it. I would never buy another Saab. I walk up to it and love it then get in and something isn't working again and I get angry. SAAB - Something's Almost Always Broken.


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Body style, fun to drive.


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brakes electrical reliability


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