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Pros: Sport seats and aux input for my ipod
Cons: Turbo Lag
Advice: Drive it on a road where there is no Police, so you can wind this thing up.I got a loaded Aero. This car is awesome. It is not fast off the line, but get that car on a twisty road and you have a rocket(as long as you keep the RPMs up). There is quite a bit of turbo lag, but it is fun when it really kicks in.
Pros: turbo engine, cabin atmosphere, aura
Cons: creaks and rattles
Advice: when you test drive try to see if you can hear any creaks or rattlesEngine is obviously a lot of fun to work with. Perfect for the weekend racer and weekly commuter. My biggest issue with the car is the creaking and rattling I hear everywhere. The places that creak include: driver side door panel, sunroof lining, rear driver side seat area, and dashboard. I have surround sound creaking whenever there are minor vibrations on the road. Every shift in weight causes some sort of creak. I hear these problems are covered under warranty so I'll check my car in soon. Otherwise my new car is fun to drive. CHECK FOR CREAKS IT'S DRIVING ME NUTS.
Pros: Tons of safety features packed into this little car
Cons: Very little room in rear seats
Advice: Buy the base model - it's loaded, and the next model up is another $3,000, but the features aren't much better than the base modelThe car feels light and quick. Average acceleration at first, then the turbo charger kicks in... Steering is sensitive and light - takes some getting used to, especially at high speeds, but gives the driver complete control. Overall, fun to drive.
Pros: Saab performance and unique styling
Cons: Silly 'cup holder' over the sound system controls is only good as a phone holder
Advice: Drive it; you'll love it.This is my second Saab 9-3 convertible. I am spolied and could not enjoy even a test drive in anything else. The WOW! factor is just so BIG when driving the Saab 9-3. It performs like a (fast) magic carpet, handles any twists, turns, braking, and passing so effortlessly. Plus, it doesn't look just like 'everyone else's' car. I love it. Little irritations of the earlier years' model are fixed-- no more blind spot the size of Montana, slightly more roomy up front, better small storage up front, even cup holders! Great sound system, and do get the Navigation, as it is cool and worth it when you need a detour around a highway log-jam.
Pros: Xenon Headlights
Cons: Automatic transmission
Advice: LeaseMy 2003 9-3 Arc has been nothing but problems since the first month I owned it. The first problem was a stalling issue and a computer software update fixed the problem, then I had to wait on a fix from Saab for over 6 months to correct a hesitation issue. I have also had problems with my onstar, radio (SID) freezing and not responding, brakes squealing (waited 5 months for a fix) exhaust rattles, power locks not responding, discoloration of the door handles, trasmission shifting problems, cd's skipping and the alarm sounding when I pop the trunk using the remote. The latest problem is now a groaning sound from the front end. I think most of the issues revolve around an electrical problem as they seem to be intermittent. I love the ride and handling of this car but every week I seem to find a new problem.
Pros: comfort & styling
Cons: The 6 speed transmission shifting from 1st to 2nd
Advice: check out the transmissionMy main problem with the car is the 6 speed gearbox. I've read in a car magazine that an Audi A4 with 40hp less was faster from 0-60 and I'll agree. It takes so long to shift from 1st to 2nd. I often catch the teeth of the syncros. Other cars behind me often have had to hit the brakes to avoid rear ending me when I've had to shift. The traction control is overly sensative and has come on numerous times when I didn't think it should. On a long trip from Sacramento to Portland and back I got about 36 mpg at 70 mph. Drive faster than that and the milage drops fast. I can't get a roof rack for my Cannondale bike because all the availble roof racks clamp to the frame, which Cannondale says not to do on the R series bikes.
Advice: Buy It!!!!!!!!!!!The minute I finished my test drive, I knew I had to have it. Compared to the overpriced BMW 3 series and powerless Audi A4, Saab gave me exactly what I needed. The handling on the car is exclellent as well as the power packed into the little 4-cylinder engine. Everything about the car blew me out of the water.