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2003 Saab 9-3

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Holding On to Rattlebox Junk
1 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By KnottingMooF
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2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I only wish I had the foresight to read review sites such as this before making the worst car purchase in my auto-owning history. I won't reiterate what everyone else has said about electrical, rattle, peeling dash and overall gremlin nightmare about this car. GM has replaced the engine three times under extended warranty. Because of the new engine and all the time and money I've put into this car, I'm holding on until my warranty runs out and the car dies on the side of the road. It's very interesting to see all the high reliability marks if you scroll back to 2003 when the car first hit the road. Except for one person who had high mileage early on. Everyone else scores it a 1!


Best Features

Turbo, interesting dashboard, exterior styling and paint quality. GM Warranty spending over $40,000 in warranty repairs in three years ( one bill was for $21k Canadian) The car is worth about $500. Good job GM! This type of decision is the perfect example of your demise!


Worst Features

A warning on the Information console that the car you are test driving is one of the most unreliable cars in this century. Buy ANYTHING else.


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No more Europe for me!
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By Slappy
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2003 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Bought this car used in September of 2009 w/ 85K miles, now has 94K (just traded it in). Had to replace all 4 rotors and sets of pads, crankshaft positioning sensor (twice), oil pressure sensor, and the head gasket was blown, this was all after the place I bought it from said it was in tip-top condition. Strut mounts were noisy (known issue), headlights were too dim, vehicle rode like a tank, gas mileage only around 21 - 23 mpg HIGHWAY. I owned this vehicle less than a year. After this and my Audi, I will never buy another European vehicle.


Best Features

Display on top of dash, looks, auto-on heated seats.


Worst Features

Stupid, worthless cup holders, uncomfortable seats, power mirrors reposition themselves, interior in general, reliability. If there is a know problem with a vehicle, and it's a very common thing, recall! Hello, Toyota?! (And that's not even real!)


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Think Twice
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By EuroCarDriver
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2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Bought this vehicle with 95k and it was a one owner vehicle that was dealer serviced, so thought it would be a good buy. Have had a Saab in the past ('92 900 turbo) which was a great vehicle. This '03 model, not so much. Day 3, engine light came on. Something to do with emissions. The grill has even fallen out driving down the road. Twice! There's been other issues too. Right now the water pump is out. I got tired of the car and it's been sitting for a year now. GM ruined what was once a great vehicle. Hopefully Saab will go back to it's former glory now that GM is out of the picture.


Best Features

Seats & handling


Worst Features

Build quality. No GM materials. Go back to a unique styling.


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lovely car
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By sweatheart
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2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Ive had the Saab 9-3 4 door linear sedan for almost two weeks now i absolutely love it! Its very fun to drive. Stick shift is smooth. The only thing wrong is my emergency brake gets kind of stuck when trying to take it off. The car is very clean inside and out. Trunk size is good its pretty big for a sedan.


Best Features

Turbo, stick shift, sports wheels, sunroof


Worst Features

Parking brake. Dashboard is kind of bulky.


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2003 Saab 93
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By sideorder
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2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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The engine has performed very well. All electronics and interior design has failed often. Engine Check light due to Gas Cap design triggers often. Traction control fails on and off again. Drivers window came off track. Side mirror adjustments needed replacement. Water Leak issues from Pollen filter design, door leaks due to poor rubber seal and interior door seal. It goes on but this should be enough. Car noise is non stop. Something always rattling.


Best Features

Engine Performance


Worst Features

Improvements would be to interior quality, electronic computer module and all associated issues that cause faults.


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