Used 2002 Saab 9-3 Hatchback Consumer Reviews
This is been a very reliable car for me regular maintenance and your good to go.
I've owned this Saab for 2 and a half years. Purchased it used with 58k miles. It will reach 90k soon. Very fun to drive. Turbo lag is minimal. Feels taut at high speeds, nice steering feedback. But wait, this is a family car. The trunk is huge for strollers, golf clubs and oversized stuffed animals from the in-laws. Pulled the hatch cover off recently and packed it to the window for a week long trip to the mountains. It is a quirky Euro car though. Strange issues like Purge Valve throwing CEL codes, bad crank position sensor stranding my wife when the engine compartment got hot (would not start, the fix was to squirt cold water at it). Find yourself a Saab specialist you can trust.
A wonderful car to drive. The Turbo has been improved and the 205 hp engine has plenty of power. I live in Utah and it takes the mountains with ease. The Saab $269 per month lease is incredible. The rent charge is under $14 for three years. Basically a 0% interest 3 year loan. I will purchase this car at the lease end. It will be worth about $2000 more than I paid for it.
Picked up my 2002 9-3 SE two weeks ago, and have been having a blast! Opted for the 5-speed with premioum pkg and heated seats. The 3-year lease cannot be touched by Audi, BMW, or VW. This baby is deceptive--mild-mannered on the outside, but it can scoot!!
Once you get used to it you realize it is not pleasant driving as there is no ergonomic considerations for the driver. The seat is hard and one must contort to press the gas pedal, with the drivers seat aimed at the left fron wheel and the gas pedal crammed against the transmission tunnel. oh yes, the seat is hard and doesn't soften any with use. In acceleration the tires break loose from the pavement due to undersized rims. In cornering... you think of a ride at Six Flags. The stock sound system is just adequate. First gear is too short and over rev's, once the turbo lag kicks in.