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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 581 Ratings for the 2003 - 2011 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Best daily driver I have owned

By on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 144,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Best balance of quick, little sedan on the cheap."

Cons: "Black door handles fade, radio knobs can glitch."

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

"I purchased this car used with 113k miles for $4800 at a local dealership, I've put 30k+ miles on it since then. The only problem I have encountered is a headlight going out, which did cost a few hundred $$ because it is HID. Overall I would say the car is reliable, fairly powerful for everyday driving, and comfortable. I've had more problems with my wife's new 2014 Chevy Malibu (it is in the shop getting warranty repairs now). I feel like Saab really made some quality cars and I am sad to see that they stopped production. I'd say that after 2+ years of owning the car that it is the best bang for buck purchase I have ever made, hands down. The headlight has been the only problem on a 10+ year old car, even the original leather seats have no signs of ripping. I'll keep driving this car for as long as it will let me."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

It's like the car is a part of me when driving

By on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,572

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Takes me where I want to go and fun getting there"

Cons: "not the best bluetooth"

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

"Full Control, even in bad weather. Best stopping ability I ever had in a car. Turn wheel and I am already there. Take corners faster than my old Mitsubishi Spider!! Take it for a ride if they ever export again. Happy they started up the factory in Sweden again and hope they export at some point. My favorite car right next to my Plymouth Duster 360."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

very nice mature care to drive with lots of power

By on Monday, December 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "very fun to drive lots of power"

Cons: "lack of dealer support"

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

"several saab car owner, but the 2004 saab aero is a delight to drive, lots of trunk space and interior is well sorted, power is always there and then some. Only con is that saab went under but one day these newer saab will bt hard to find."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Best 9.3 ever - finally got it right

By on Friday, November 21, 2014

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
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Many GM parts - it turned out to be OK"

Cons: "I miss the dealership culture."

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

"There was no need for the warranty in four years. Mechanics are happy to work on this vehicle. It is some Swede and some GM. This is a really sturdy car."

1 person out of 5 found this review helpful

Affordable, versatile and sporty

By on Thursday, November 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Sporty versatile and affordable convertible."

Cons: "Saab's are known for frequent bulb replacements."

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

"Very good car with excellent driving dynamics even though there is some torque steer when punched. For the most part this is a 3+ season car, good traction in the snow and a drop top in the summer. Trunk is more than adequate. I have a 60th anniversary model so there are some upgrades in the sound system and interior. Saabs are known for frequent bulb replacements, however, one can replace them with little trouble. Access is good to all the bulbs. This car has 82,000 miles on it at the time of this review. I am the second owner as it was a Florida lease car with 13K when I bought it from a dealer out east."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

I would not say this is the best vehicle I have

By on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "reliable, good styliing, gas milage good"

Cons: "drivers seat cracks in leather, fuel sending unit"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I have owned this car for four and half years, I have put just a little over eighty - thousand miles on it. For the most part the vehicle has been very little " fan fare ". Only major problem to date, has been a left front spring that broke. But reading and talking to people this is a common thing. In fact I believe the right front is also going? One other thing I have learned by reading NHTSA web site, that apparently there is an intake valve problem with excessive ware. I not sure my car has this problem yet, but it does display some of the symptoms?? Having owned older SAAB's for numerous years, it's really hard to compare the newer SAAB's. It's like comparing apples to oranges. Let's say this, In all of my years owning SAAB's I have never replaced a spring of any type and never had any type of engine issues. You can draw your own conclusions? lastly fuel sending unit went at 85,000.00, again what I have heard and read is common for this car, little over three hundred - dollar job, did go a whole year without a gas gage, add a little excitement to one's life!! -++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++"

11 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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