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Pros: I love the chic look of this vehicle
Cons: The front bumper is so low that you have to CONSTANTLY be aware of not scraping it while parking, or going out of driveways.
Advice: GO FOR IT!This car is fantastic! It has so many features and is very luxurious. The quiet motor and quick acceleration makes driving this car a lot of fun. It handles really well. The seats are very confortable. The sound system is excellent, although it takes a bit getting used to the controls. There are a lot of bells and whistles that make this car such a joy.For example....cooling glove box, water jets on headlamps, small pass-thru from trunk to back seats.
Pros: acceleration and handling
Cons: computer/radio controls
Advice: get it with heated seats and moonroof.The car is nimble and quick though there is a very slight but brief lag from the turbo when you step on it. The car feels well put together, sturdy, compact, and safe. The radio and computer are not simple to work but most of the features are not really necessary anyway. The car has a tight feeling both in terms of steering, control, and general cabin roominess. The option to shift manually is a welcome feature especially when you want to stop more quickly. The brakes are excellent as well and the downshifting and braking together brings the car to fairly quick and sure stops. Although slightly noisy when accelerating hard especially when the air is also on, the car is generally quiet enough. Great car overall.
Advice: Do not buy a SaabThis has been the least reliable vehicle I have ever owned. I do NOT recommend this car. I have 20,000 miles on my 2004 9-3 and I have had it in the dealership for service 17 times. I have had fuel pump, locking system, driver's power window, trip computer, steering column lock, and starting system replaced. My recommendation...stay away from SAAB!
Pros: All Windows Are One-Touch Down!! The back windows go all the way down!
Cons: Sound System
Advice: Get the 300W sound systemThe car is excellent! It does not have much rear seat leg room. The power in the car is great. I have not had any problems with my car. The sound system could be better considering the sticker price of the car.
Pros: Turbo rules in the mountains
Cons: Never been able to program the housed garage door opener
Advice: consider stiff suspension26,000 mile update: Dissapointments: No more SAAB loaner cars in Colorado at dealers when they are fixing yours. This was a major selling point for me, now I get a Chevy Malibu. Noisy brakes. I'm learning the soft brakes stop you quickly but produce excessive dust and parallel parking always means enough noise from the brakes to annoy your passengers. A few rattles in the doors came and went in the last 2.5 years. One of the rear safety belts stopped buckling, covered by warranty. The positive is I still love driving my SAAB in the mountains. Its great on ice and will run with any street legal car out there,once you get to 3rd gear. Test drive a SAAB and you will probably buy one. I just hope my small problems stop when the warranty expires at 50,000 miles.
Pros: The apearance
Cons: All of the problems that I had with it and the dealer
Advice: DON'T DO ITThe test drive and after getting the car were great. It was all the problems that came with the car and the fact that the dealer would not own up to the responsibility of fixing the car. I do not recommend this car. This is from an owner of this car.
Cons: stereo sucks
Advice: besides the stereo and the confusing and not so friendly buttons on the dashive driven vw's most of my life, from a vintage 62 bettle to a 2001 1.8t jetta, never even thought of buying or driving a saab. i bought a 2003 93 2.0t used and the car feels like i just drove it out of the show room. saab has just won me over. cant wait to buy a brand new one!