I honestly have no complaints about this car. It is powerful, fuel efficient, stylish, tasteful, sporty, and elegant. When you have a car as well-rounded as this, people often dig around for any little excuse to put her down. For instance, I see people bashing the interior or claiming that the handling isn't good enough. That's a load. This car's interior is fantastic. It is practical, minimal, and elegant in true Swedish style.
Saab was an uncompromising company with high standards and a progressive attitude. They simply didn't fit the mold of consumer sameness and that may have been their downfall. They made safe, fast cars with idiosyncratic personalities. They will be missed.
Bought this car with 22K miles and now have just over 100K.
Overall the car provided great value for the money spent, under 20K.
Over the span of 6 years, had to replace 1 crank shift sensor 300$, 1 power window 300$, and a brake line 200$; rotors with brakes with run 500$ for a pair.
One dealership tried to con me out of a radiator for another 1K, so careful where you take it.
But if you can find a reliable place that does good maintenance work, you are in for a pleasant daily commute.
Before I bought my 2.0t I drove all europeans/japanese under 40k. I truly enjoy the handling and styling and the turbo performance, also the MPG. The free maintenance is awesome and then the National Hwy Safety top pick made me think that I bought the safest car on the road. I am very pleased with my Saab and really enjoy driving to work. Being 6'4 I fit very well in the seat and feel very relaxed. Best car I've ever bought. Hope this helps!
When I drove a 9-3 Linear in 2003, I was very disappointed with what Saab had done to 900. I owned a 1998 900 S Turbo, and I felt it had many pluses over the new 9-3. Four years later, the changes to upgrade the model are startling, and I was sold. The new 6-speed is the best manual trans. Saab has ever had, and the driving dynamics are superior to my old 900 in every way. The car is buttoned down and feels smaller that it is. I also really like the interior, which they've now made lighter and brighter. The best thing I can say is that I started shopping feeling that I'd owned my last Saab, and after sampling the sub-$30,000 competition and the 9-3 2.0T, I fell in love with Saab again.
I bought my 2007 in 2009 with 22K on the odometer. I now have exactly 55555miles on it. It has an automatic transmission with manual mode. A few days after purchase at a local GM dealer the wind deflector (plastic cover under the front of the car) disintegrated taking out right fender cover with it on the highway. Same day I had bought all covers and hardware at different local Cadillac dealer. Installed it myself and noticed that the old cover (pieces of it) was new (paper still attached to it) and had only half the required screws installed. I already knew the dealers are criminals, so I do my own maintenance on all of my cars. This was the only problem I had with my saab 9-3. I love it!