Used 2002 Saab 9-3

2002 Saab 9-3
List price
2002 Saab 9-3


  • Comfy interior, versatile hatchback model, powerful turbocharged engines.


  • Controls not always intuitive, torque steer in Viggen models.
Saab 9-3 years

Used 2002 Saab 9-3 for Sale

Saab 9-3 2002 SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
99,112 miles
Used 2002
Saab 9-3
Epovo Auto Group
8.8 mi away
Est.Loan: $72/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Though an offbeat alternative to the staid German sedans that dominate the category, a wait for the redesigned 2003 9-3 will likely be worth it.

vehicle overview

The 9-3 has soldiered on as Saab's entry-level sedan for years now, and with a major redesign in the works for the '03 model, the 9-3 gets only minor changes for 2002. The base two- and four-door hatchbacks have been dropped in favor of a single value-priced four-door SE hatchback. The 205-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder remains along with the standard five-speed manual transmission; a four-speed automatic is optional. New 16-inch wheels and an exterior body kit spruce up the outside, while a power driver's seat, sunroof and a wood-grained instrument panel liven up the interior. In commemoration of Saab's 25 years of turbo engine technology, SEs also get special leather and cloth seats embossed with "Turbo" lettering and leather door panels.

The two-door SE convertible remains in the lineup for 2002. It gets all the same upgrades as the SE five-door, in addition to an optional Sport package that includes 17-inch wheels, rear spoiler and a sport steering wheel. The high-performance Viggen models return, as well, boasting 230-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque from their 2.3-liter turbocharged powerplants. Available as a two- or four-door hatchback, or two-door convertible, the Viggen not only serves up high performance, it gives you the tools to appreciate it by including a free trip to Saab's exclusive Viggen Flight Academy high-performance driving school.

All 9-3 models feature Saab's patented pendulum-design B-pillar, which deflects side impacts away from head and chest areas; the world's first head-restraint system to reduce the risk of whiplash-type injuries; and seat-mounted two-stage inflating head-and-chest side airbags.

The Saab 9-3 is a fun-to-drive, equipment-laden near-luxury car. While it is a good car in its own right, the problem is that there are plenty of better cars in the 9-3's price class. If you're looking for something different from a run-of-the-mill Euro sedan, the 9-3's added dose of personality might work for you. However, if you want the best entry-level luxury sedan for 2002, you'll need to look elsewhere.

2002 Highlights

The base 9-3 three- and five-door models have been replaced by a value-priced SE five-door. High-performance Viggen models get a new interior color and a carbon-fiber instrument panel.

Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Looks nice, but overall a Lemon...
Lindsay H.,11/06/2015
Bought this as my first used car purchase for college because of the look and price! I love this convertible and I get lot of compliments, but every few months there's something wrong with it. I love driving it around town and for work, but watch out for the cost of repairs. Anytime you need something worked on it, you're putting out anywhere from $500-$1500 for something to be special ordered and fixed. If you have the money for the upkeep I'd say go for it, but otherwise stay away from this lemon.
Never again
This car ALWAYS has something wrong with it. You will never stop spending money on repairs.
Great Convertible
I purchaced my SAAB in 2006 with 50000 miles. The car now has 85000 and has had few problems besides routine repairs (front brakes, new battery, tires) the only problem I have had is the digits burning out on the Saab Information Display (SID). I sent the unit away for inexpensive repair and have had no further problems. I change the oil regularly and use synthetic. The car is fun to drive, convertible hood works well. Great engine. Sufficient power from the turbo. The suspension is not as good as the 3 series BMW but on the whole I am very pleasd. The car depreciates rapidly intitially making it a great used car bet.
This car rocks!
Overall, a fine car. Some strange internal operation decisions lower the overall score.
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Features & Specs

20 city / 30 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed manual
205 hp @ 5500 rpm
17 city / 26 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed manual
230 hp @ 5500 rpm
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IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

More about the 2002 Saab 9-3
Used 2002 Saab 9-3 Overview

The Used 2002 Saab 9-3 is offered in the following submodels: 9-3 Viggen, 9-3 Hatchback, 9-3 Convertible. Available styles include SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M), SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M), Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M), Viggen 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M), and Viggen 2dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M).

What's a good price on a Used 2002 Saab 9-3?

Price comparisons for Used 2002 Saab 9-3 trim styles:

  • The Used 2002 Saab 9-3 SE is priced between $3,497 and$3,497 with odometer readings between 99112 and99112 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2002 Saab 9-3?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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