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Pros: nice handling
Cons: quality of parts
Advice: this car is not reliableI am on my third waterpump after 50K, one replaced under warranty by the local Saab dealer (this speaks poorly for Kuni Saab in Oregon. Have had a couple of computer modules replaced, one by Kuni under warranty. I can only hope they did that one right. I am starting to get electrical problems (a rear window opens some of the time). I just had the air-conditioning fan replaced, after Kuni Saab did the same job 18 months ago. So either Kuni Saab has lousy service or the quality of Saab parts and overall reliability of the car is dismal.
Cons: wind and road noise
Advice: it's exactly what you think a Saab, an European car, should feel likeSince buying the car in the fall of 2002, the car has been trouble free and very good in the snow. There is ample smooth power from the turbo I-4 and the trunk space is amazing. One thing I do wish for is a quieter interior when compared to the Lexus and BMW. There is also too much lean in on turns initially. So far pleasantly surprised since I read a lot of negative reviews of this car before I bought it. My Saab has proved most of them wrong so far.
Pros: UNIQUE STYLING
Cons: TORQUE STEER. LACK OF COMPARTMENT SPACE. CUPHOLDERS
Advice: NOT TOO MANY LEFT OUT THERE. BETTER HURRY IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN THIS CAR. SAAB GIVING GREAT DEALS KNOW.THIS CAR IS FUN TO DRIVE. EXCEPTIONAL POWER FROM THE 230 HP TURBO. THE TORQUE STEER IS SOMETHING TO GET USED TO. ALSO, SEEMS TO PULL OR JERK TO EITHER SIDE WHEN DRIVING ON UNEVEN ROAD SURFICES. NEVER FELT ANYTHING QUITE LIKE THAT ON OTHER CARS DRIVEN. LOVE THE UNIQUE STYLING OF THIS CAR. I ALWAYS LIKED THE IDEA OF HAVING SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER GUY. TOP NOTCH SPORT LEATHER SEATING AND INTERIOR TOUCHES.
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: 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: Turbo, speed alarm, gas mileage, ACC, sunroof, cockpit feel, hatchback
Cons: lack of cup holders and center console, No headroom in back for people over 6 feet tall
Advice: buy one now if you want a hatchback, 5 speeds are hard to getWanted to get rid of my 2000 Blazer 2 door 4X4 because of gas mileage and suspension. I always like the Saabs unique look and when I saw what they were leasing for I had to check one out. I am glad I did because they had $3500 in rebates until the end of July (Something BMW will never have). The car fits me like a glove. It is quicker than everything else I have ever driven. The suspension is stiff but still compliant. The gas mileage of 22-32 will be much better than 11-22 I got in my Blazer. Very little torque steer unless you get on it when pulling away from a stop when making a left or right turn. I bought a midnight blue 5 speed Saab 9-3 SE 4 door hatch with the premium package and heated seats. Tons of room in the hatch area for storage. Excellent fit and finish, compare it to only the best of sport luxury cars.
Pros: The turbo blows all other cars out of the road
Cons: Cup holders and the lack of a center counsel and rear center head rest
Advice: Drive it and compare it. SAAB is on topMy 9-3 is incredible. The only problem came recently at 15,000 miles. Throttle body went out, but SAAB service took care of the the 200 mile tow to the nearest SAAB dealer as well as all other repairs. What other hatchback can hit 140 mph and still ask for more. Very unique.