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2007 Saab 9-3

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2007 Saab 9-3 Review

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In the highly competitive compact premium sedan market, Saab's 9-3 may not be on everyone's radar screen, but it is an aggressive competitor worthy of a test-drive. Built to take on such strong market competitors as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, the 9-3 seeks to match those cars in power and performance for thousands of dollars less. On the other hand, competitors like the Volvo S40 seek to play the same game with the 9-3, and while both the Audi and Volvo offer the option of all-wheel drive, the 9-3 is driven solely by its front wheels. The 9-3 also has a ways to go to match the excellent repair records and high resale values held by many of its European and Japanese rivals.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want European design and handling at well below $30,000, the Saab 9-3 delivers both. Also, Saab cars are known for exceptionally comfortable seating, excellent safety records and road-hugging performance.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're seeking all-out driving excitement, you may be somewhat disappointed. The turbocharged four-cylinder model provides plenty of power, but Saab's front-wheel-drive system is not as satisfying to drive as a similarly-powered rear-wheel-drive BMW or Lexus. Also, there is no all-wheel-drive option available in the 9-3 lineup.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 9-3 receives a minor interior upgrade, with a revised instrument panel and additional chrome accents.

Driving the 9-3

Driving Impressions The 9-3 is solid as a rock, stable at all speeds and sports a sense of newfound athleticism. Though pulled by its front wheels, the new 9-3 exhibits none of...

the torque steer suffered by its predecessors. The driving dynamics are not as good as those found on rear-wheel-drive cars like the BMW 3 Series, but they are not far off. The 9-3's steering exhibits good on-center feel and very little play.

No matter which model you choose, you'll enjoy brisk acceleration with only the slightest hint of turbo lag in the lower rpm ranges. The excellent passing power of the four-cylinder model can have you well into illegal speed ranges before you know it. You'll also enjoy one of the best manual transmissions ever to be fitted to a Saab.

Sport Seats
The Aero Sedan's sport seats are extremely comfortable and uniquely styled.

Blackout Dashboard
Saab's blackout dashboard allows you to cut off all the panel lights except for the speedometer.

2007 Saab 9-3 Details
2007 Saab 9-3 photo Interior

Inside the 9-3 you'll find the signature Saab oval dash has been neatly integrated to suit the new car's more angular appearance. If you like seats you sit in rather than on, you'll love the 9-3's front buckets. They have a nice feel with solid side and lower leg bolsters and a head restraint specially designed to reduce the incidence of whiplash.

Exterior
2007 Saab 9-3 photo

All the traditional Saab styling cues are visually in place, though the 9-3 Sedan shuns the old hatchback design that was the calling card of previous generations. The fastback-like rear end still looks as though it could be a hatchback, adding a sporty flair not found on more traditionally-styled sedans.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 9-3 comes with a six-speed manual transmission, traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), electronic stability control, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, remote keyless entry, power driver's seat, dual heated power mirrors with turn signals, front side-impact airbags, head-curtain airbags, AM/FM stereo with CD, split folding rear seats with pass-through, leather seating, cruise control, leather-wrapped tilt wheel with touch controls and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Aero adds a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6, rear fog lights, power passenger's seat, metallic trim interior and 17-inch wheels and tires.

Optional Equipment

Options include a five-speed automatic with manual shift control (2.0T), six-speed automatic (Aero), Cold Weather Package that includes heated seats and headlamp washers, power glass moonroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, six-disc CD changer, GPS navigation, Bose audio, XM Satellite Radio, rain-sensing wipers, Rear Park Assist, xenon headlamps and OnStar.

Under the Hood

Don't be upset if you can't afford the Aero model. Sure, the turbo V6 is a screamer, and the Aero seats can't be beat, but the base car's 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is plenty quick and easy on gas.

2.0-liter in-line 4 Turbocharged
210 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
221 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (manual), 21/30 (automatic)

2.8-liter V6 Turbocharged
250 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 (manual), 17/28 (automatic)

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2007 Saab 9-3 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 590 Ratings for the 2003 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Just as good the second time around

By on Thursday, April 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,999

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Speed, Luxury Feel, Sexy Look and the Feel!"

Cons: "Not being made anymore :("

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is nimble and comparable to the BMW 3/5 Series and Audi. I previously had a 2008 9-3 2.0T and got around MPG 28 City/32 Highway at 50K miles (2011) I traded it in for the same color and model and it was equally exciting. I find the car to be very reliable with a classy and sporty feel. I can maneuver in tight traffic situations because the turbo is quite nimble and quick from the takeoff. As a result I plan to keep this one as Saab's are no longer being made and they are a niche vehicle type."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Oil pan fryolator

By on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great mileage, fun to drive, prices are very good."

Cons: "Possible motor oil starvation, cowl shake"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Educate yourself on the catalytic converter/oil pan/crispy bits/blown engine situation. Mine blew, motor was replaced (at my expense), and the oil pan was replaced with a specially modified pan which gives more clearance between oil intake screen and the pan bottom. Also, a heat shield was placed between the cat con and the oil pan cutout. No problem since. Oil changes done every 6K since and only a few crispy bits. If these mods have not been done, be prepared to change oil very often, or wait and change your engine !"

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great fun car in excellent condition. Clear title

By on Saturday, March 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great price for a beautiful convertible"

Cons: "Manuel transmission"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Sporty, classy convertible. No accidents and no refurbishing. Low mileage and has a transferable warranty. Have to see to appreciate."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

GREAT CAR I OWN 2

By on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had two saab 9-3's for over two years they really are great no problems just oil and tire changes love them and don't plan on selling them anytime soon!!"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Fantastic car - can't ever see myself selling

By on Friday, February 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable, lots of storage room, unique, vroom"

Cons: "No flip forward hood! nothing else really"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I'm one of those Saab people I guess. Had a 1990 900 prior to this, sold it when i bought the sportcombi. Mine is the 60th anniversary edition, sky blue metalic, 17" wheels, anniversary leather, a real looker in my opinion. Have never seen another one like it, much less another Sportcombi, in my area. Turbocharged four cylinders are the ticket - nice mileage, plenty of power. Only issue was having to replace the rear brakes&rotors at 20k miles, pads gone and worn through, how(?)i don't know, odd for sure, but something to look out for you Sportcombi folks."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love this car-my favorite by far!

By on Friday, January 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car handles so well. I tried every car on the market to find one like this and I kept going back to the SAAB. I am so happy that I bought it-I have had it for 4 years and I cannot imagine driving anything else."

14 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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