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Cons: cup holders
Advice: to buyExcellent car for the money.Superb accelation,very good handling,excellent braking, little oversteer/due to front wheel drive/,very good driving position. Low profiles tires look good, but bad on potholls,somewhat noisy,but 2003 Saab switched to Michelin which is big improvement. Overall score 90/0-100/ in my humble opinion Alex
Cons: cup holders and needs an in dash six dish CD
Advice: Test drive itThis is an awesome driving machine. It handles great in the city during rush hour (great breaks) and when set free on the open highway you better set your cruise control. The sound system (200 watts) has plenty of power and very clean for acoustical instrumental jazz and classical recordings.
Cons: one rattle
Advice: buy itSaab 9-3 has great power for accelerating. You can feel the boost come on at any time and it's just smooth sailing. The brakes are powerful too. Seats are very comfortable.
Pros: uniqueness (ignition NOT on the steering column, among others).
Cons: some cheap looking plastic trims in the interior.
Advice: test drive the aero! you won't be disappointed.there are 3 9-5 models - linear, arc and aero. i test drove all of them in that order. the fun factor ascends in that order. at the end of the test drives, i got blown away by the aero. enough firmness/sportiness without sacrificing comfort and power that amazes. i also considered the BMW 330i, and the Infiniti G35. the Saab had the 'most' personality.
Pros: Automatic/Manual Transmission
Cons: Quirkey Cup Holder
Advice: Drive the car -it will speak for itselfHaving read the review of the new 93 sport sedan,we decided to take a test drive.I really wasn't expecting anything boy was I suprised!Opon looking the vehicle over I was pleasently suprized at the workmanship of the body,how the doors fit,the paint finish I haven't seen this kind of attention to detail in a long time.The saab engineers sure earned their paychecks.The test drive was equally suprising.The car handles like a sports car.I just love that transmission(Automatic/Manual)It shifts like a Champ Car Push the shifter foward to go up a gear and pull back to go down a gear.Compared to the 2002 Nissan Altima we have now, there's just no comparison.I never concidered a Saab before but I bet we will be trading by spring.
Pros: Very responsive, turbo engine
Cons: The convertible top, while up, has too many loose fits and squeaks.
Advice: test drive with the top up, not as fun- but you'll find that most of your driving will be with the top up.The car exceeded my expectations in it's performance, but I've been disappointed in the quality. The convertible roof is loud, very loud. It squeaks at every turn, and the dealer hasn't been able to do much about it. I drove a VW convertible that felt more solid that my Saab. The electric seats make so much noise that I find myself sitting in what is the quietest position, rather than what is the most comfortable. I'm hopeful that the dealer can solve what they're calling 'easily fixed' problems. The car is very responsive, and is a treat to drive. It's interior has been improved to include things like On-Star as a standard feature. Almost everything you could want is already standard on the SE model. The backseats are so deep that it feels roomier than other convertibles in it's class- looks are deceiving.
Pros: 250 hp standard transmission that really cooks
Cons: lack of all wheel drive
Advice: If you love to drive a standard transmission, this is the one!I am a die-hard manual transmission lover. I test drove both a manual 185 hp Linear and the 250 hp Aero wagons. I found the Linear adequate but not exciting to drive. The seating position was comfortable and firm, acceleration was okay, but when I took it up a local steep mountain, it hovered between 3rd and 4th gears. I also took it over a very bumpy backroad and found the suspension wonderfully smooth. I loved the ride and feel, but felt it was underpowered compared to the Allroad. The extra hp in the Aero manual made up the difference. This wagon wants to leap forward out of your hands from the minute you put it into first gear. It is as much fun to drive as my Jaguar X-Type manual 3.0 5 speed. For $10,000 less than the Audi Allroad 5 speed, this car really delivers! Even the 270 hp W8 VW Passat wagon doesn't even come close to the 250 hp Aero. It is comparable to the Linear, however. As a footnote, my kids are excited about the heated rear seats in the Saab--a feature I have not found anywhere else.