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2004 Saab 9-3

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disappointed and shouldnt be
11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By whatever21
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2004 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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bought this one used in 2009. cd player broken. headlight wire harnesses broken. front spoiler fell off.
paint peeling on control buttons. comfort fan replaced-$600. driver side spring broken-replaced- with new tire $1000. lock system always malfunctions.
key fob disintegrated in my hands. cover on third brake light fell off. seat belt retractor just broke-recall item. i am waiting for the next thing to go wrong and i shouldnt be.
the engine has been great.
the ride is fun although the seats are uncomfortable.
have
been able to get good gas mileage 31 - 38 and thats what keeps me in it.
if I had to do it over I wouldnt.
if you're looking at saab used be careful


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Happy camper in Wisconsin
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By sdettmann
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Purchased used (off lease) late in 2008 when Saab looked like it might not survive. Great buy. Car had been very well cared for, and dealer was able to provide a complete service record.
Car is solidly built and remarkably quiet with the top
up. While no sports car, it is quite peppy and fun to drive. Some turbo lag, so it is important to keep the RPM's up around 3000 if you want to go fast.
Comfortable interior in the front. I am 6'2" and have plenty of room above my head, even with the seat elevated to its highest position.
You can put adults in the back seat, if they have no feet or legs (good for children in car seats though.)
Have driven the car 30,000 in two years, with no problem


Best Features

Still a head turner after 7 years. Comfortable and quiet. Easy one button top operation and can even put two bags of golf clubs in the trunk with the top down. (owners manual has specific instructions how to do this) )


Worst Features

Short reach of low beam headlights.


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Great car
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By mplieber
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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My 2004 Saab 9-3 convertible has been wonderful. Fun to drive, with an amazing acceleration on a 4-cylinder turbo engine. When going out with the family, we use the back seats which seat adults comfortably, although a bit cramped, but this beats a 2-seater any day. Reliability has been good, and the car has been well maintained. Only complaint is occasional problems with the electrical system: windows, convertible top, radio, ignition. None has been fatal but I have experienced 2 incidents where car would not start.
Note: I have the automatic, not manual, model.


Best Features

Convertible Acceleration Simplicity Comfort


Worst Features

Electrical system needs to be more reliable.


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Electrical issues
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By tonyb
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2004 Saab 9-3 Aero 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Overall, I love the car, but problems with electrical. Latest is left blinker won't go off. 1100 at the dealer to fix.


Best Features

top down


Worst Features

fix electrical problem and way too much brake dust.


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80% Fun, 20% Headache
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Marshall H
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Excellence: Good looks without being flashy. Superb power delivery, very smooth for a small displacement turbo. So quiet inside you forget its a convertible, comfy seats. Acceptable: "premium" sound system is mediocre at best. Tires break free pretty easily when accelerating from a stop into a turn, but with FWD kind of expected. Unacceptable: Spotty build quality results in buttons and interior surface's paint rubbing off. Electrical gremlins are a constant threat. Complexity of common tasks like resetting oil life monitor is way more difficult than it has to be. Saab-ness: Saab is often different just for difference sake. Like the "night panel" function.


Best Features

Convertible top is fully automatic, no boot, no manual latches, just a button and it works great. Easily the quietest convertible we tried with either the top up or down.


Worst Features

Make menus in information center easier to navigate. Use decent materials for the interior.


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