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2002 Saab 9-3

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Information shown for entry-level Hatchback.

Fuel Economy:
City 20/Hwy 30/Comb 24 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, Turbo, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Sweden Country of Assembly: Sweden

2002 Saab 9-3 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 228 Ratings for the 1999 - 2002 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    7.9/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

One of my favorite cars ever, sporty, cute, fast

By on Monday, March 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, cool and fast"

Cons: "Expensive repairs, uses premium gas"

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

"Bought this Saab after leasing first, never regretted the decision and am very sad to give it up after 14 years and many happy drives. The loss of the Saab brand has been a major loss for car lovers everywhere."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Fun! Fun! Fun!

By on Friday, February 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

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

Pros: "Great gas milage, hold its value & a blast 2 drive"

Cons: "Small inside not much leg room"

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

"The 9-3 Convertible is a Great car! Don't let someone talk you out of an import. I always hear horror stories about having to put cars like these in the shop or no one will work on them..ect. Just not true, Saab makes a great car! And for a 4 cylinder this thing will move! The 205hp Turbo engine doesn't hurt! My Saab has run perfect for me, but i also regularly maintain all my vehicles. As long as you don't neglect your car it will return the favor."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Proceed with Caution!

By on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 109,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Sassy, great size, trunk fits a set of golf clubs"

Cons: "Expensive to fix, always in the shop"

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

"One of the cutest cars I've ever owned. Super fun to drive, zippy, full of fun and personality. However when something goes wrong it's REALLY expensive (think 3x what it would be on a Honda/Toyota/etc). I feel like this car has been in the shop more than it's been out. I would highly recommend figuring out if you have a dealership or know of a garage that knows Saab's well enough to fix it in a timely manner. High quality car, amazing amount of trunk space for a convertible, mine has a turbo which makes for some really fun road trips! Lots of bells and whistles on this car but amazingly enough only one very poorly placed cup holder."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Shop Job; Economic; Enjoyable

By on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Downsized to a one-car family; Honda more reliable.

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Enjoyable; Economical; Unique/Quirky; Capacious"

Cons: "Upkeep; Cost of Parts"

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

"Caveat to this entire post: Saab was known for its enthusiasts (pejoratively called 'Snaabs'). I am a Snaab, yes; I am also a pragmatist and realist. The reality is: Saab, as a company, is no more. This will likely translate to a drastically declining price of obtaining a Saab; this will likely translate as a drastically increasing price of upkeep on you Saab. Bottom line: Saabs need work. Not major overhauls (driving chain in lieu of a belt; bullet-proof engines, turbos, and transmissions; sturdy, yet lightweight frame), mind, but they will still require upkeep. Comparable to any other European entry-level executive auto, Saabs were pioneers in engineering. They were highly fuel efficient: my 2002 9-3, 4-door, SE [non-Viggen] hatch-back boasted 27 commuting, 32-34 on long road. They were sporty: standard of 205hp, tight handling. They were well advanced: the internal computer communicates with you every step of the way. This 'communication' is often done in the form of the check-engine light. The internal electrical system of most Saabs was such that the check-engine comes on. Often. Do not fool yourself: you will need to replace chips, electrical parts, and other parts. Because Saab is no longer in business, we have seen the nadir on prices; upkeep on your Saab will only get more expensive from here on out. This is why I rated the car where I did, and why I would not likely recommend purchasing one – as a Snaab. If Saab were still in business, I would own no other platform of vehicle. Add to this that I would not own a post-2002, GM-owned/operated Saab (quality of parts, design, and reliability took a nose dive under GM oversight). When you own a Saab, do NOT use/trust/listen to anyone who offers you non-OEM parts. Aftermarket parts are not worth your money, time, and potential upset to supporting devices. When you MAF goes – and it WILL go – spend the extra money to get an OEM piece. Your mechanic may say that there is an aftermarket piece that may work. If your mechanic suggests/strong-arms you into that choice: find a new mechanic."

14 people out of 14 found this review helpful

500 miles shy of 200,000 miles and this baby rocks

By on Thursday, September 26, 2013

I owned and sold this car

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great mileage, performance, pleasure w top down"

Cons: "NONE"

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

"love the convertible. Nearly enough room for 4 people and a great deal when bought used. Has known issues and problems, but when you fix them expect the car to be pretty reliable...most poblems come from people that want fancy luxury, performance and controls without extra repair. You want a vanilla car with bare minimum then get a Honda civic. You want performance and luxury, then expect to have some complicated systems break on you. Helps if you do the work yourself or have a reliable mechanic knowledgable in these cars. these cars were ahead of their times...saabs first 2.0 liter turbo was on the 900 in the late 1980s, now everybody and their brother has a 2 liter turbo...what an idea"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I am grateful to have a car.

By on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
1/10

Cons: "Nothing works consistantly. need anger management"

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

"Something went wrong in the factory that wrong. electrical system is all wrong. High maintenance, dis-functional vehicle Perhaps Saab and Ikea traded employees in the 9-SE department to test a theory of environmental effects on cognitive learning and imprinted knowledge. The results were submitted as 'Seriously, I don't know what we were thinking.'"

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