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have had some issues... but overall a good car with good MPG and fun to drive. if could go back in time would probably of gotten something else however.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By nccaitlin
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2005 Saab 9-3 Sedan Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I have had this car for a year now. I bought with 52k miles and have put 20k on it since. I have had a few issues with it so far - drivers side mirror piece fell off and had to be glued back on - back window wasn't working --> $200 -other back window stopped working - have had to change bulbs in headlights 2x already -error messages -> traction control/stability/immobilizer failure (after jumping battery it did not want to start and went haywire for a while before starting) - A/C blower locked up and had to be released and oiled up - Car wash knocked off antenna cover However this car is pretty fun to drive and no major mechanical issues. Great MPG over 40 often. Lost 2k in value already.


Favorite Features

I like it calculates the MPG and that it also calculates when you need to get your next oil change (if you get synthetic). I usually can get over 40 MPG highway. Overall I average about 36 or 37 MPG highway and some city. I like where the ignition is in the middle. It is a unique car.


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The front seats take forever to lean back and lean forward. It takes a lot of turns of a knob for it to go either way which I do hate. The window motors do not seem to last long and neither do the headlight bulbs which are a bit of a hassle to get to. The interior seems to chip easily (or previous owners were rough) and lights behind the air control unit is going out and only half of it is lit.


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Great Car - I will buy another.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By AM
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2005 Saab 9-3 Sedan Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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We bought this car for my daughter and I now ask to borrow it. It is great fun to drive. We have the 5- speed manual and I was surprised by the level of performance. The quality is evident and I especially like the fact that the 2.0 L 4 cylinder has a timing CHAIN instead of a timing belt. We get 37 MPG on the highway at 70 MPH. Driving 60 MPH, I can get over 40 MPG (I did this on a 300 mile trip I took recently on back roads). About 26 MPG in the city. Good quality leather seats. Beware of trying to modify the radio. The whole electronics system in the car is controlled through fiber optic lines that also run the radio. It is expensive to repair the radio.


Favorite Features

Style, quality, subtlety, surprising sporty feel


Suggested Improvements

Better base radio


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A Lear Jet without the wings.
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By MarkPopkie
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2005 Saab 9-3 Sedan Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

Air handling system is stellar. Very comfortable interior. The 4 wheel disc brakes are breathtakingly responsive. Amazing get-up-'n'-go turbo. Overall, this car is safe, fun, and really good looking in a minimalist sort of way.


Suggested Improvements

Insulation between plastic-on-plastic joints would decrease interior noise. Higher quality speakers. That's all I've got for now, but I'll return after a year for a follow up. First impressions were very good though. I look forward to my commute, and that says a lot!


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Great entry-level luxury
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By DB
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2005 Saab 9-3 Sedan Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This car has great response and power for day to day driving. On the highway it goes all the way from 35 to 90 quickly, smoothly, and fairly quietly. On the street it handles great and the ESP and ABS keep it safe. Driving this car in Salt Lake City during the winter felt secure, even in a midnight blizzard. I would rather be in this than in a pickup or SUV that might roll over. Interior is bare bones but nails all the little details. Once you get used to the major differences in control location, everything feels exactly right. Lots of room and very comfortable. The Senstronic shifter is very useful when going down a mountain.


Favorite Features

Handling, passing power, control interface, great car for snow, safety.


Suggested Improvements

The stereo quality is pretty bad- I am saving up to upgrade the speakers and add an AUX jack. Black quasi-leather wheel is painful to touch in summer heat and winter frost. Steering phone controls are just for show. Adjustable center console armrest has a tendency to roll forward when braking.


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Underrated and Unappreciated
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By jonathan7482
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2005 Saab 9-3 Sedan Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

The car responds effortlessly to driver commands, with no oversteer/understeer or drifting within lanes. Acceleration is fluid and dramatic, and braking is straight with negligible body roll. The car is quite simply an absolutely blast to drive.


Suggested Improvements

Nothing worth mentioning on the vehicle.


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So fun. Exclusive.
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By icecold328
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2005 Saab 9-3 Sedan Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I went through MANY cars, over 15. This is the most fun car I had. It handles beautifully and the turbo is just something else on it. It's really fun to drive. Quality is one of the best in my eyes. As long as u take care of it, it will last. It's very well built in my opinion. However, don't take it to Saab dealers when it needs a repair or maintenance, they really charge a lot. B/c they expect u to be rich to own a Saab. Rather, find a private mechanic that is good with Saabs. By the way I get at least 36mpg on the highway, and 25 in the city when I drive fast and 28 when I drive economically. Just don't cut corners with its maintenance, give the car what it requires and it will last.


Favorite Features

It's kind of exclusive, relatively speaking when comparing to other cars. It looks beautiful. Handling is great, TURBO is exciting. Very unique interior look. It is definitely an individuals' ride.


Suggested Improvements

Well I would have said put another gear but the new ones already come with 6 gears, so I can't think of anything but to tell the Saab dealers to charge less on EVERYTHING because they charge extra for everything. $100 dollars just plug it in to a diagnosing PC.


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Very Enjoyable
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By Michigan
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2005 Saab 9-3 Sedan Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Bought it used for the purpose of a new salesman's car. I easily put 50,000 miles on in one year and never had anything major go wrong. Tires, synthetic oil, blah blah blah. The point? No problems. I had been warned by many about a Saab's reliability. This obviously proved untrue. The zero to whatever as many reviews have testified to is nothing to write home about. It's better than most I would say, but passing power with the auto-stick transmission is a blast. The trunk is huge, backseats are small and the overall comfort for the driver is sufficient. Good tires go a long way and I tinted all of the side and rear windows which dramatically improves overall car appearance (I think).


Favorite Features

Speed, driving comfort, reliability, overall appearance, feel of the road.


Suggested Improvements

The cup holder for the passenger, albeit cool is somewhat flimsy.


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A4, A6 & IS lover converted to 9-3 fan
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Cork93
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2005 Saab 9-3 Sedan Aero 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

Acceleration, handling & Formula 1 thumb gear shifting on steering wheel. It's awesome! Love the exterior looks & rims. Glovebox AC for cooler. Nice for beer.


Suggested Improvements

Lots of plastic squeaking when I pull into the driveway. Saab needs to do something to reduce all the plastic noises, it's annoying! Center drink holder is in a bad spot considering the way the armrest moves forward. Cup holder in dash seems very cheap. Upgrade the stereo system! Poor sound & base.


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Safe, reliable, comfortable SAAB
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By kidlatAzul
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2005 Saab 9-3 Sedan Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I purchased a 2005 SAAB 9-3 because I wanted the safest vehicle I could afford. In 2005, the 9-3 was one of only a few vehicles on the IIHS top safety pick list. Fortunately, to date I have not had to test the 9-3's many safety features, but feel reassured driving this car. But in addition to being safe, the 9-3 has anchor-like brakes, handles great, is comfortable for all-day cruising, has ample acceleration, and gets up to 37 mpg on highway. Even around town, I've never gotten less than 26 mpg (manual tranny helps). Only problems after 3 years & 56,000 miles have been headlight bulbs burning out twice, each time covered by warranty. The nicest car I've ever owned.


Favorite Features

Safety: 8 airbags, crumple zones, etc. Economy: up to 37 mpg highway. Fun: Excellent handling, as stable at 90 as it is at 55. Brakes: awesome. Information display in top center of dashboard easy to read.


Suggested Improvements

More backseat room


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Saab's Quirks are irksome, repairs=$$
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By EGP
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2005 Saab 9-3 Sedan Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

It is a fun car and enjoyable to drive when working right, peppy with the big T engine (240 HP). It also held its value pretty well so that we don't take too big of a hit when trading it in ASAP! (Hopefully this weekend). Oh and the roof rack system is nice too. Integrated slots for the special rack.


Suggested Improvements

Reliability. Find a way to decrease the glare from the dash board. Eliminate torque steer (don't believe the claims that they did in this model) and brake steer. Better OEM tires. The Pirelli P6 are noisy and aren't as good as comparable tires. Expect 40K miles out of the original tires (not too bad


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