"Purchased this car in 2006 9-3 Aero v-6. Every option except navigation. The vehicle is a drivers car. Very sporty inside and out, firmer ride and outstanding engine. Engine made Ward's 10 best for the year. I think if you are interested in this car, make sure you get one from the plant in Sweden, that's where mine came from and not anywhere else. oil change every 10k synthetic, original brake pads at 50k and still going, incredible torque and handling. Car purchased new.
Minor issues-not impressed with front end paint durability more bug paint chips than expected for this car. Mediocre sound system, and cheap steering wheel adjustment lever. Original tires were not that good only got 17 k out of them.
Everything else on this car is surprisingly durable and solid construction. Car has the highest safety rating of all vehicles of that year, 60 minutes did a national auto safety special and the Saab 9-3 was the best car by far.
Everyone who has driven this car is surprised at how smooth it shifts, how much power and the ease of handling. This car is a great sports coupe and if you can find one-grab it."
"Very efficient vehicle at 33 miles per gallon.
Handles better than a BMW.
Very Safe and extremely reliable.
Owned for 4 and a half years and counting.
Never broke down even after 90,000 miles and counting."
Pros: "Fun to drive, good on gas, holds together well"
Cons: "Hard to find someone to work on them"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have owned my Saab for a couple of years and love it! The only problem I have is that since they quit making them it's a job sometimes to find someone that will work on them or even change the oil. The only issue I've had is the alternator went out. I bought the alternator myself and finally found a shop that would put install it. I've been told they are hard to work on because most everything is either hard to get to or it's covered."