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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
By nccaitlin on 07/02/12 21:11 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Great Car - I will buy another.
By AM on 10/27/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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A Lear Jet without the wings.
By MarkPopkie on 10/09/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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Great entry-level luxury
By DB on 08/22/10 03:36 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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Underrated and Unappreciated
By jonathan7482 on 11/27/09 07:12 AM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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So fun. Exclusive.
By icecold328 on 09/27/09 17:44 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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Very Enjoyable
By Michigan on 06/12/09 07:12 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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).
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A4, A6 & IS lover converted to 9-3 fan
By Cork93 on 09/07/08 09:19 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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Safe, reliable, comfortable SAAB
By kidlatAzul on 09/02/08 07:55 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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Saab's Quirks are irksome, repairs=$$
By EGP on 08/25/08 05:39 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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