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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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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 210 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Saab 9-3

  • Roomy and fun to drive, the 9-3 is a solid buy among entry-level luxury cars. Just don't expect the razor-sharp reflexes and highly refined interiors of its German and Japanese competitors.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Handles well for a front-drive car, frugal yet powerful engines, generous passenger room, class-leading trunk space.

  • Cons

    Suspension should be stiffer on Aero models, ride can be harsh over bumps, interiors lack upscale look and feel, weak stereos.

  • What's New for 2005

    A new in-dash DVD-based navigation system is added to the options list. The 9-3 convertible is now available in entry-level Linear trim.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 28
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A lear jet without the

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Vehicle: 2005 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Just purchased this vehicle used with 75k miles. Previous owner had been meticulous with service records so I feel confident that this baby was pampered. I have barely added 100 miles to the odometer but I am already impressed. Having driven or owned nearly every kind of car in this category, the Saab stands out as the most fun to drive. Fantastic handling, the turbo responds to my every whim, and the air handling system is straight out of a Boeing 747. I have never driven a 4 cylinder that handles A/C quite like this. Despite having a 13 speaker sound system, I was underwhelmed by the stereo - I may have already blown a driver. I do,however, love the timeless quality of the exterior design.




Underrated and unappreciated

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Vehicle: 2005 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

A great all around car, so fun to drive. It seems like you don't even have to think to drive this car. It is humane and a breeze in the city, and can really rip it up on the open road. If it disappears, the 9-3 will go down forever as an underrated, unappreciated, and underpriced car.




Saab's quirks are irksome, repairs=$$

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Vehicle: 2005 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

The employee discount for all promotion in 2005 made our 2005 Arc w/driver's package affordable. However, we should have stayed away. Within the warranty period, the car was into the dealer 3 or 4 times, one all of the radio and interior electronics freaked out and they had to replace the radio and command module. Luckily this was under warranty. However, 3 years, 55,000 miles, and just out of warranty, the car quits on the highway during rush hour forcing my wife to make some risky emergency moves. Car Would not start again! Turns out tat the the engine computer failed, and it cost us $900. Now 5k miles later, the stability system is giving critical errors.. could be $1000 to fix this time.




Nicest car i've ever had

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Vehicle: 2005 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Ergonomically, I feel like somehow Saab snuck into my room at night and took a mold of my body and built the new 9.3 to fit me. It's just amazing. It's solid, comfortable and a blast to drive. The overall quality is evidenced in just about every way. I've had 9000's in the past and wasn't sure I'd like this. Well... I don't like it; I love it!




More than i expected

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Vehicle: 2005 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I purchased my 2005 9-3 Arc from Enterprise Car Sales. I had read extensive reviews online about how great the car handled, accelerated etc. I was a little shy when I was behind the wheel with the salesman riding shotgun. I could tell right away that this car had a lot more power than I was willing to let out. Once I picked the car up off the lot however, I let it fly. I had perma-smile the second my foot hit the gas - this thing can fly! Once the turbo kicks in my head snapped back a little and I was in love. The features and the customization of the driving experience are also a big reason why I love this car. Overall a great car and a great value ($1500 under KBB value- thx Enterprise!!)



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Little problems

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Vehicle: 2005 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Sun roof stopped working.$2,500 to repair. A/C blower motor went out. Center caps of rims fill with brake dust and can't be cleaned. Rear logo came off from being washed. Passenger seat plastic trim has fallen off because of broken attachments-twice. Interior isn't at all durable. Buy a Toyota



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Full 2005 Saab 9-3 Review

What's New for 2005

A new in-dash DVD-based navigation system is added to the options list. The 9-3 convertible is now available in entry-level Linear trim.

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Talk About The 2005 9-3

2005 Saab 9-3 Discussions See all Started By

themichael522
themichael522
05-20-2014
I have a 1999 Saab 9-3 with 350,000 miles on it. I work out of it so its pretty abused and it's hard on looks but its one of the toughest cars I've seen. As a mechanic, I have to say it can be a pain ...


530ir1150r
530ir1150r
11-16-2013
to find an owners manual. My wife has a 2005 9-3 Arc Convertible and loves it. Almost 100k miles and no problems. You have to maintain European cars to keep from repairing them....


yuyund
yuyund
08-02-2009
2005 Saab 9-3 2.0T Sedan. 48, 000 miles. The factory warranty will expire in the end of Aug 2009....



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