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2005 Saab 9-3 Sedan

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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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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A4, a6 & is lover

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

I've never been a Saab enthusiast until I saw my 9-3 with Navi. & all the ground effects & options of the V6 but with the 210 horse 4cyl. It is an awesome car to drive. I hope the reliability will be there for years to come.




Amazing value

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

I bought my first Saab two weeks ago and couldn't be more impressed with a car in this price range. After a year-long search I found a low mileage black Aero model with a parchment interior. It's quick (especially at highway speeds) and has a firm, but comfortable ride quality. I absolutely love the 9-3's styling and relative anonymity on the road.




Very expensive after warranty

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

The car has been a great driving machine. That's the good. The bad... right off the start, the car was in the shop numerous times for electrical issues. The sunroof would not close properly, the windows would not go up, and other misc. electrical issues. At least they were covered by warranty. Now, out of warranty, I have the car in the shop at this very moment for the belt and tensioner to be replaced, the solenoid, the filter, and to check the coolent system. $1200. Now they just called me and said that the radiator needs replacement at a cost of $1100. The car has been disappointing in the repairs area. I have also had to have the brakes and rotors replaced at 40,000 miles.




Beautiful automobile - blast to

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

I love this car. Aside from being gorgeous, it is exhilarating to drive. With the manual transmission you can really play with the turbo boost which is what makes this (as well as other Saabs) so fun to drive. The guy with the X5 mentioned he likes not getting as much attention as with his BMW? Nooooooo....lots of stares because its NOT a run of the mill 3-Series that you see on every street corner! Love it.




Saab!!!

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

Let me start by saying that I also drive a BMW X5. I've had the car for 3 days, I am thrilled with the Saab 93 Aero!! This car looks great, feels great and it is fast! Why doesn't anyone talk about that? I even like the fact that I don't get that much attention, like I do in the X5. Still this car is beautiful. I love the details in the care. Did you see the in dash cupholder? The seats? The wheels? I drove others, like the BMW 3 series, Acura TL. The Saab just has character. Just test drive it, feel that turbo kick in. Right now when I drive around, I notice that I don't see other Saab 93 Aero in Nocture Blue and you know what? I LOVE THAT!!




My new car

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

I've only had my Saab 93 Aero for a little over a month but so far...i love it..no problems and good to drive.



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 28
  • highway
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