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Unreliable!
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By Unhappy Saab Owner
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Bought the car used towards the end of February, problems started within 3 months of owning. Some of the problems I experienced: fuel pump breaking, the radiator needing to be replaced,the security system failing not once but twice, battery dead, and the transmission failed at 60k AND 66k. Not only that but in the summer I got into my car and notice the floors were soaked. A pipe had backed up into my car, flooding it and ruining the electrical box under the seat. I brought it to Saab and they fixed the problem or so I had thought. The car is still damp and smells like mold. This car has been in the shop more than I have used it in the last 10 months!


Best Features

Turbo(when it worked), exterior design, comfort of seats, gas mileage.


Worst Features

Better transmission, electrical problems, and rattles.


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Do research before you buy one!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Taylor Gray
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2004 Saab 9-3 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Loved the car. Had every option that cars do now except nav system. Even had 6-speed manual! Had MANY problems. It was always driven on the highway and taken care of so it was about the quality of the materials. I had to replace lower left ball joint, both struts (and mounts), springs, the entire car computer, rain sensor, radio, seatbelt, & ignition. Don't get me wrong the car was a great car but I am a college student and it was difficult to pay for repairs. I suggest not buying one unless you plan to have repair bills & you KNOW you CAN pay them. Saab's going out of business & the company is only required to make parts 10 years after the car was made. Plan on not finding any parts by '13.


Best Features

LOVE the xenon headlights, alloy wheels, fuel economy (29 on average), 6-speed manual, steering wheel, radio was alright, 6-disc cd player, comfortable seats, very sporty, computerized everything including keys! iPod connector, exact heat control, moonroof, and heated seats.


Worst Features

Having a real spare tire, better leather seats that don't stretch (and I'm a small guy), less buttons, better exterior metal/less plastic parts, better interior plastic/less fade and peel, quality parts, electrical system, stronger turbo (mine wasn't peppy), road noise, cup holder, ignition.


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Great Value
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By Dr. Indianapolis
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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A wonderful value, handles like a champ in the snow. Very comfortable and fun to drive. Best seats I have ever sat in, HVAC is powerful. Only downside is the interior look (plastic), but that is superficial. Drives fast, turbo is cool, the car is very safe and a winner for value among all other makers (pay more for wood interior and nothing else). Indy Saab on 16th street is a great dealership with wonderful service.


Best Features

Seats, HVAC, turbo, safety


Worst Features

Interior quality (dash), but not if it adds too much to the cost.


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An underated fun car to drive
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By anthony
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2004 Saab 9-3 Aero 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Unfortunately Saab gets bad press here in the States. This is a fun car to drive, handles well and the one fact overlooked is it's a safe car with many safety features for a convertible. I've owned many cars over the years and drove as much. The seats (where you spend most of your time) are extremely comfortable unlike the BMW convertible. A virtual maintenance free car that's a pleasure to own and drive.


Best Features

Interior layout, seats, safety features


Worst Features

upgrade on the stereo system recommended


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Good Value
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By KCE
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2004 Saab 9-3 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Bought my 9-3 Aero 4 years ago with 9k miles on the speedo. Now have 81k and I'm very surprised at how much I like this car. It's been very dependable, drives great and gets amazing gas mileage. I average 28 miles to the gallon and easily get 33 on the highway. I think these cars make a good value on the used market. Buy a used one with an extended warranty and you won't be disappointed.


Best Features

Gas mileage, looks, comfortable seats, handling, spacious interior and trunk.


Worst Features

Rough ride (aero package), cheap interior bits, Low chin spoiler (Aero again).


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