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I don't get it.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By magikarp5
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Just purchased a used 9-3 2004 arc
automatic. It has a 100000 miles on it. This is by far the nicest car I have ever driven. I don't understand why the reviews are so mixed on this car. Now you can get a $40000 vehicle for under $10000. All I hear is people complaining about little things on this car. Performance, ride, and looks, three great reasons to buy it. I test drove others in this price range of $8000, nothing came close!


Best Features

Performance- top speed, 147 mph on a 4cilinder! Ride and looks! Oh yea and mpg and cost!


Worst Features

Interior some things are cheep compared to rest of car.


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disappointed and shouldnt be
13 of 18 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
17 of 17 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
9 of 9 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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