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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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DRIVER SIDE MIRROR EXPLODED
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By JenniferJimenez
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I was driving vehicle hit bump and turned black. Left brake light indactor states is inop. But brake light operates.


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Still Love it After All These Years....
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Still Love It
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Versatile, luxurious, and quick. I drive this car for business--bringing clients along, making long trips, etc. and it's a comfortable and faithful performer. Given the choice between a 1 hour flight and a four hour drive, I drive. Great on the highway, quiet, powerful and safe. Oddly, I also use it to haul things. The roof rack goes on and off in minutes and can hold 220 pounds: that's a few sheets of plywood, or enough 2x4s to stud a new playroom for my kids. I also installed the towing hitch (myself) and occasionally hook up a trailer to gather/move antiques and such. And there's room for actual adults in the back seat for trips up to an hour. What more could I ask for?


Best Features

Versatility Low end torque Performs well in the weather LOTS of standard features Can fit a whole bottle of windshield washer fluid in the reservoir. Safest car on the road.


Worst Features

Sound system is substandard. I had to install bluetooth phone and aux port myself, but it wired in without a problem.


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Nothing else is even close
14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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By senko555
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2004 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I am a used car dealer and like cars a lot but cannot compare anything else with my Saab. Bought used one with 60k and now at 120k cost of my repairs are $0. When driving cars like accords or Camry from auctions I just cannot understand way people like them so much. Will never own any other brand for sure. I am sorry to hear that other people have some problems. Just change oil every 8k and transmission oil at 90k with coils and be happy that own one of best cars around. There is no timing belt to worry about either (timing chain) good for life time of vehicle. Still original battery after 7 years and 120k. Last year one Saab was retired because of over 1,000,000 miles. I hope this will be helpful.


Best Features

speed.reliability, style,


Worst Features

dashboard quality.


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Love it when it's working
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Kim
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2004 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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It is a beautiful car that is fun to drive...when everything is working which is seldom. The sunroof works when it feels like it as does the radio and CD player. Have replaced the master cylinder twice in a year and a half. The stability control went out to the tune of $700. The locks constantly malfunction. The brakes are always spongy. Have replaced a wheel bearing also. This is all in less than two years of owning it. I am considering trading it even though I owe money on it. I would never buy another Saab. I walk up to it and love it then get in and something isn't working again and I get angry. SAAB - Something's Almost Always Broken.


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Body style, fun to drive.


Worst Features

brakes electrical reliability


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