2006 SAAB 9-3

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$4,599
$1,005
below average
124,348 Miles
6,238
Miles above average

Vehicle Details

Mileage: 124348
Color: BLACK
Body Style: Sedan
Interior: Gray
Transmission: Manual
Engine Type: 4 Cyl
Drive Train: FWD
Fuel: GAS
Location: Rancho Cordova, CA
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Recalls & Defects

VIN YS3FD45Y361022140 may have been recalled. Check full report for more information

A VEHICLE CRASH COULD OCCUR SHOULD THE ENGINE STALL WHILE IN USE.

TI AUTOMOTIVE IS RECALLING CERTAIN FUEL PUMPS, PART NUMBERS TU456 AND TU303, SOLD UNDER VARIOUS BRAND NAMES AS AFTERMARKET AND REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT FOR THE MOTOR VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE DEFECTIVE FUEL PUMP MAY SEIZE, STOPPING THE FUEL FLOW TO THE ENGINE CREATING A STALLING CONDITION.



Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
4.6
  Based on 186 reviews

I love my Saab

4
carol benton on 04/13/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 4

Never had a problem with this car. I would buy another in an instant if they still made them!

Best Every Day Driver I Have Owned

5
Matt on 01/25/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

I bought my 2006 9-3 with a manual transmission 5 years ago with 70k miles on it. I now have 130k miles on it. It is by far the best every day driver I have owned. It handles great in all weather conditions and is extremely reliable. I have not had any breakdowns, it gets good mpg, has good acceleration, and again handles great! I have done regular maintenance using the recommended Mobile 1 full synthetic European blend oil every 5k miles as well as some normal wear and tear items on a 100k mi car ei: brakes, rotors, and a clutch. All electronics and mechanical items on the car still work like new. If you are looking for a used vehicle that is reliable and fun to drive, I would strongly recommend the Saab.

My Saab

5
Jpser 05 on 12/24/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

Saab 9-3 2006

4
Keenan walker on 10/16/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 4

Loved my Saab 9-3, 2.0T 06. This car was easy to maintain DIY for basic stuff like plugs oil brakes struts etc. sensors can go haywire if u tool around in the wrong places so be careful while working around any electronics. I disabled my traction control when I lowered it by shorting one of the abs hub sensor wires, was horrible. Turbo lag is not bad at all, keep it on the pipe and you will be good. Very controllable chassis especially after strut upgrade and lowering springs. Bottom line, if u want something extravagant and pretty go by a bmw or an Audi, this car handles I've smoked RWD cars after their drivers talk a bunch of crap about oversteer this and blah blah that. Great car, sensor faults will happen, get tech 2 or obd2 with CAN to scan the ecu and see where any problems might be. Major repairs are costly , so be warned have a wad of cash to own one of these. Cheers

I miss my Swede Racer =*(

5
aeropower on 04/23/2014

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

sold my '06 9-3 Aero Aug 2013 & replaced it w/a 2009 2.0T for fuel efficiency & I regret it every day. The 2.0T is plagued w/sensor probs that throw the car into limp home mode. Bought my 2.0T in Nov w/69k miles & it's been in the shop 2X & will be going again next week. I've only put 2500 mi on it. But I digress, this review is for the '06 Aero. The car was perfect for me. Sold it with 116k mi & it was still running beautifully. Needed a new radiator & some minor suspension repairs but the car still moved like it did when i bought it w/31k mi in 2008. Selling the 2.0T to look for another '06 Aero with the button dash. Feel like I gave up a child in August. haha

2006 Saab Aero

4.1
neuchy on 02/12/2013

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

The car drives beautifully. The ride is firm, sporty firm that is. Some may find it uncomfortable on the cracked roads of Michigan. Performance wise, the car will provide more power than you'll ever need. Don't be surprised if you find yourself driving at 110mph the first week or two you get it. The ride is so smooth you don't even realize you're driving at high speed. The acceleration is simply astonishing. Whether you're already driving at 70 or 30mph you'll feel the same phenomenal pull! I have been able to drive the car on all surfaces and I must say it handles horribly on the snow. I ended up facing the wrong direction when I took a Michigan left (at only 5mph!!!)

OOPS Wrong car.

3.3
notstock on 10/31/2011

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

Well I got suckered by the lure of a 'Good deal" I needed a cheap family vehicle and I found a 2006 SportCombi Aero with 56K miles for only 11.5K, paid cash and now I know why it was so cheap. It started having problems on the way home from buying the stupid car. It's got this weird surging hesitation under partial throttle. A grinding clanking from the engine, and a weird high pitched whine from the audio system even if it's turned off. This is a one owner dealer maintained car with full service records, so I know it was taken care of. I'm really disappointed because I liked the performance in a car that I don't see dozens of every day. UNIQUE, I like that. Unreliable and broken NOPE.

Not Safe

3.1
brijitte on 10/20/2011

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

While driving at 11:30 pm on a small country (paved) road with my high beams on, my warning system indicated "Left High Beam Failure. About a minute later the left head light was in flames. Within 15 minutes the entire front half/engine of the car was in flames and subsequently burned/melted the entire front half of the car. There were less than 80,000 miles on the car. After month and a half Saab still has not investigated this issue and refuses to acknowledge the issue. I have pictures of the fire that I am happy to share. It was a horrible experience, and I am not sure how Saab can have such reputation for safety.

Disappointing

2.4
psbob on 06/17/2011

Performance: 2 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 3

I have had three SAAB's and am currently still driving my 89 900S. What an utter disappointment. I know on paper this car is much better than previous models. Sitting down in the car, my first impression was that I had lost my best friend. The car has none of the charm that my other SAAB's have had. It felt like a gussied up cavalier. None of the materials in the car seemed first rate. With the current financial problems (and I see why, it doesn't feel like a SAAB SAAB) coupled with the not so nice feel of the car, guess I won't be bringing home the next one. I drove the new S60 and it felt more like a SAAB than this car.

Aero Convert

5
neal747 on 08/25/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this car used a year ago and it has been great fun. Sporty and luxurious with lots of convenience features. A solid performer the v6 turbo packs a nice punch and the 6 speed automatic shifts better and quicker than I could, so I never feel required to use the paddle shifters. The variable valve timing really opens up the motor under full throttle as it lets out a ferocious scream. Yet quiet and extremely smooth in typical driving. And Saab stands behind the product, they did a free major repair for me even though the car was 5,000 miles past the warranty period! Massey Saab of Orlando is the best.

Best car for the value

4.3
Surprised Saab Owner on 08/10/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

After looking at similar class cars nothing beat the value of the 93 Aero. Cheaper than the competition with little difference between featured and performance. Fun to drive. It is terrible in the snow, I was expecting better from a front wheel drive car.

LOVE MY CAR

4.6
Lori on 06/26/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Memorial day this year I hit a deer head on at 65 mph. Grateful no one got hurt, but concerned the airbags didn't go off. I am still waiting for it to be fixed-over $8200 of damage. I miss my car, as it has been fantastic to drive. Never any problems not even in snow. But getting parts for a Saab I find isn't easy. I am told I am #123 in line for the radiator mount, and no clue on how long it takes to fill the back order. Ugh! But hopefully it is before summer is over, as this is why I bought the car. To put the top-down and go for my long drives. This car has been worth every Penny I paid on it.

Best Car I've ever owned!

5
boomer47 on 04/02/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my Saab new in 2006 after quite a bit of due diligence and it has been best vehicle I have ever owned. It is fun to drive, economical, reliable, and very functional. It's great in the snow and the turbo gives it great acceleration.

2006 SAAB 9-3 Aero

5
B on 03/16/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The turbo V6 has more power than you’ll ever need without sacrificing power over fuel economy. Love the buttons, once you get used to them the entire car is extremely convenient to operate. Love the white with black trim leather sport seats, extremely comfortable. Great car in the city with the blind spot pass. mirror, drivers information center up top on the dash – quick glance and your back to traffic, acceleration, compass, display rear parking sensors, and the car itself is easy to see around you. I love driving in the snow, traction control is set perfectly for ice and the tiptronic shift is easy to slow down. The car is a ton of fun driving through the mountains. Cool keys!

My Jet

4.5
Islah on 03/03/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I saw the Combi in 07 and i fell in love with the car, it looked like a Red jet coming from the other side, It looked beautiful and since then i was trying to buy this car but they seldom come out for sell, used that is. I finally bought the car last week, and in love with it. can't stop thinking about it. I didn't know, driving a car could be this much fun. I also have an 02 525i, and it delivers its own fun, but the sheer driving pleasure that this car provides is out of the ordinary. There is plastic all around is because the car needs to be light on its feet like Acura RDX.

A great car, but some complaints.

4.4
volunteerals on 02/10/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

This car has been really excellent, but not perfect. As the first new car I bought for myself out of college, I wanted something that would last me for years, get good gas mileage, and was fun to drive. So far, so good! The gas mileage is pretty good, I average about 28 mpg in the winter. The styling is nice, but the interior is a little bland. My biggest complaint would have to be the brakes. I had to replace them far too early in my opinion, and was told that Saab had changed the braking ratio without changing the brakes. Not cool. The top speed in first gear is also quite low, little oomph until 2nd. Otherwise, none of the problems others have had, such as electrical and whatnot.

Solid car

4.8
kpdgo on 02/02/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Excellent car. I don't drive everyday, but when I do drive, I often take trips from 100-200 miles in a day. The car is very comfortable, even after a couple of hours. The mileage is very good on the highway (30+mpg); decent on country roads (22-26mpg); not as good on short trips (20-21mpg). The sound system is good, but not great by any means. The radio reception is very good, especially by SAAB standards.

Long live my SAAB

5
B on 02/01/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Love the car. Fun to drive. More than enough power that you could ask for. stylish inside and out. Warranty has been great

GREAT CAR

4.3
saabian on 01/23/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I recently got this car for a Christmas present from my parents. I'm seventeen years old and previously had a 2005 accord. So far I loooove the Saab. It drives like a dream and has wonderful gas mileage. All my friends love my car. It doesn't take long to get used to the ignition in the console but leaving your sunroof open while raining it could cause a problem.

My third saab

4.5
saab1216 on 01/05/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I find this car so much fun to drive not matter what the weather. It drives great in the snow and handles those mountain roads in the summer.I love the sharp looks and attractive interior. I just had to take it into the shop as my radio/control center stopped working. I know that saabs can experience some problems but I never drove a more enjoyable car.The acceleration and braking are superb and so is the c.d.player. The radio doesn't sound as well.If you buy Saab,get a warranty for peace of mind...then enjoy the ride!

Awesome Summer Car

5
michluce on 12/18/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a VERY fun car to drive. I think the exterior style of the 9-3 Aero convertible when the top is down is an absolute beauty. This car handles very well and the turbo engine kicks in phenomenally. There is sometimes a slight delay in the automatic, but I have observed that it depends on the temperature outside. Great car hands down.

Stay away

3.1
JD on 12/04/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

My recommendation would be to stay away from saab. I have had it in the shop for major repairs of about $5,000 twice already. Thank god for my extended warranty. Multiple electrical issues with stability control failures, and steering wheel lock malfunctions. Also the plastic inside and emblems outside crack and fall apart. The car is fun to drive but could be better if it were AWD. Don't get me wrong BMW, Mercedes, and Audi have their share of problems and cost a lot to fix but at least they aren't going under, and dealerships can still be found. My car is currently at the shop being fixed again, and once repaired will be going to a dealership to trade on a reliable vehicle

GREAT Car!!!!!!

4.9
RandyV on 11/11/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my 2006 SAAB 9.3 Aero with the optional touring package and 2.8l Turbo engine. I love it. At the time of my purchase I shopped around and bought a top of line platinum warranty for the car, covering all repairs, from bumper to bumper...Great choice. Although to date I have not had to use the policy it, but it certainly removes any concerns about expense repair costs in the future. Now let's talk about the car. I have looked extensively at BMW, Audi, Lexus and Acuras but settled on this car. It drives well, looks fabulous and no matter how bad my day is at work....settling in my SAAB for the ride back home, reminds me of Christmas day and playing with my favorite toy!!!!!

A Sweet Swede

4.8
Sold on Saab on 11/09/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought it new and it's still under warranty. Love the design and utility. I've driven it across country and back twice in great comfort and safety. Superb handling allowed me to avoid being rear-ended by another driver. Handled a blizzard in Chicago in February. Routinely get 33 mpg on freeways using cruise control. Great buy compared to BMW or Audi - thousands less. HID headlights are the best I've ever seen with. Real red walnut trim is classy. Only issue is self-locking doors; they sometimes engage/disengage/engage several times when starting; dealer can't seem to correct this. Will definitely consider another Saab when I'm ready for another new car.

Review after one-year of ownership

4.8
Ryan on 10/28/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I am an aggressive city driver (Washington, DC). Overall, an amazing improvement from my 1999 9-3 SE, which was a disaster. The only reason I bought another Saab is because I was deployed with the army for all of 2008 and returned to my hometown (Detroit area) to a completely depressed economy. Bought this car at 12,000 miles in MINT condition for $16,000 out the door. A year later at 25,000 miles, it has not let me down. 100K / 6 years from inception bumper-to-bumper. Failures thus far have been minor. No warranty claims yet, but will drop off soon for a center console arm rest that slides too freely. My #1 gripe is the sub-par sound system and iPod input jack.

1st Time Owner - Not the Last...

4.4
victor824 on 10/27/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Nice car! I was very impressed with the performance and handling. The interior worked well for me and the power delivered by the 250 hp engine was exhilarating! The windshield washer reservoir had to be replaced twice - then they came out with the recall. The back brakes created a tremendous amount of dust compared to the front. ???? Finally replaced the pads with EBC reds - problem solved. The Saab emblems peeled off after just three years but the dealer replaced them free. The turbo blew a gasket at 75000 miles and the dealer originally quoted it at $3700 but when I declined they talked to Saab and could get it done for $900. ????

Buying Saab was the worst decision of my

3
Nataliya on 10/14/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

I can say now confidently that buying Saab from GM was the worst decision we made with my husband so far in our lives! The car design is simply put flawed, the car is constantly breaking and each morning you are praying that your 3-year old nice looking car will start. I had 6 battery problems – each time it is something new around the battery: faulty switch, wires, corrosion, alternator, throttle motor is draining it... 5 issues with coolant system, my AC was passing smoke into the cabin since antifreeze was leaking into AC system, ESP failure, faulty gas cap, etc. Not mentioning constantly peeling exterior, cracking knobs on the dashboard, leaking washer nozzles and tank...

Don't Buy!

2.4
Saab Stinks on 10/10/2009

Performance: 3 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

Do not buy a Saab! This car is riddled w/ electrical problems! The ECM has a known defect which causes the ABS, Stability Control, Traction Control, brakes all show as failing, then the speedometer and all other dash components stop working! Only fix is to pull over and restart! Talk about dangerous. Saab knows about it and has no fix in sight. Stay clear of this junky car. Bought used 8K and have had it in the shop every month or every other month. Warranty is up in a month and so is my ownership. Time to buy a quality car. All service people at the dealer know be by name- no joke.

My 20 cents

4.9
Ricky Sein on 10/08/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought the 2006 9-3 Aero in 2009. It had 22,000 miles. The car looks very nice, it's lots of fun to drive. It is faster than most of the similar priced European makes (which are usually more expensive). The 2-tone leather interior with silver trims look sporty and modern. The 2.8 V6T does consumes significant amount of fuel, which can add up, specially if you follow the owner's manual requirement of premium fuel only. Overall, I love it!

Power, Style, and Prestige

4.6
Juice22 on 09/22/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I bought this car after looking at BMW, Lexus, and Audi. We chose the Aero with the Six-Speed manual tranny after testing out the 2.0 automatic, which was great, but a little twitchy in response for me. The Aero definitely has a better low-end and the manual tranny means I get to control it exactly as I want. This is by far one of the most enjoyable cars to drive. The Turbo is better than most other cars I've driven. It always turns heads and gets a lot of compliments. It's nice not seeing so many on the road as well. Just had Coolant reservoir replaced via recall. Saab service has always been strong and quick to fix any issues...of which I've had very few (replaced stereo amp).

77000 Miles and No Problems

4.9
RogKel on 09/10/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Still a quiet, smooth ride. 2.0t has more than adequate power. Summer mileage 26 to 28 mpg on regular; winter mileage 23 to 25 in NH. No mechanical or electrical problems other than H7 low beam bulbs have a 4-6 month life expectancy. Exterior and interior have held up well. Highly recommend.

Details, details, details!!!

3.9
CMC on 09/08/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

Bought used in '08 w/20k miles. Has everything but nav. After 16k miles/12 months, car feels like development stopped at 85%. All the pieces are there, just not fine-tuned the last 15%. Strong drivetrain performance (2.0t w/5-speed auto), but average gas mileage (mid-20s on highway). Steering is light/fast, but ominous popping/clicking noises from front end when turning at low speed. Smooth road ride is exemplary; rough road ride is jittery/harsh. Seats are comfortable/durable; rest of interior has too much brittle plastic. HVAC/radio too button-intensive. Interior squeaks and rattles are starting. Well-designed conceptually, but execution lacking. Resale value plummeting even after 3 years.

Update to 10/28/2006 & 7/21/2006 Reviews

4.8
Jyerka on 08/20/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have put a few years of road tripping and hauling mountain bikes and snow boards in this car, still fun to drive. (~50Kmiles) Turbo is excellent now that I have moved to Denver (5500ft.). I can drive it in the snow easily- advantage being I grew up in the snow, I was more worried about having 17" wheels. No mechanical or electrical problems, exterior and interior have held up well against rough use. No change in gas mileage, I saw an increase when moving to CO (not sure why). Useful tools and jack, I use the cargo cover at trail heads. Only worry is brakes are weak for about 30 seconds after starting car, weird.

My second Saab, still love them

5
NedSlc on 07/15/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Got it with 28.000 on it a year ago, has 45.000 now, 0 problems so far (I did replace Death-Cool with Pentosin G12) SID is showing 35 Mpg (50% of my driving is freeway), not as fast as my old 9000 Aero, but I am very happy with the way it drives (took off-ramp with speed limit of 45 at 90 Mph few times). We have some snow in Utah (SLC), and I think it handles as well if not better than my old Subaru Outback with all-season Michelins, guess you have to know how to drive in the snow. It has that 300W sound system, and if adjusted right, sounds better than Bose in my friends 2007 Maxima (he himself said so), so I don't understand all the complaints.

Love my Swede Racer!!!

4.9
Aero Power on 07/04/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased this car in March 2008 after many months of research. I wanted something upscale but not the same thing everyone else had (G35, 3- series, A4, etc). I found myself leaning toward the Swedes so it was down to the 9-3 or the Volvo S40. I drove the S40 and the turbo lag was scary so I drove the 9-3 and was sold. The only problems I've had were the coolant reservoir needing to be replaced (under warranty) and my ignition switch failed after a few drops of coffee spilled in it. The dealership replaced it free as a courtesy but said the next one is my expense ($700). Everyone loves my car and they say it's perfect for me! I hope Koenigsegg can help Saab survive!

Great Value @ 60K Miles 9-3 Aero

4.9
John L on 05/25/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just hit 60,000 miles on the 9-3 Aero after 2.5 years - bought new. Mostly highway miles in the desert heat. Just replaced brake pads at 57,000 miles - first time the brakes required any maintenance - be careful - no squealers to alert that your brakes need replacement. Coolant tank replaced twice. Only other problem - unable to start - dealer fixed a switch that had "popped open." Car is worth the money and is fun to drive - quick, comfortable and reliable. Getting 25 mpg on highway and about 22 mpg combined city and highway.

Update

4.9
NEPA SAAB on 03/18/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It's been about 10 months since I submitted a 1 year review so I figured I'd provide some more info. First, my 9- 3 just hit 40k miles. Outside of oil changes the only things I've had to replace is front brakes, tires and headlight bulbs. So in my two years of owning the car I've spent about $800 in repairs. I am extremely thankful for this but I do take very very good care of my Saab. I bought this car out of college after doing a good amount of research. I wanted a nice, sporty car that that offered a little luxury but didn't cost a fortune to buy or repair. The car has delivered in all aspects. If Saab pulls through, I'll buy again.

Without Regret

4.6
M. Coon on 02/22/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I was looking for a high class car that wouldn't cost me too much (like BMW). This car is definitely the right car. I paid about $14,500 with 37,000 on it... worth every penny too. The car drives really well and has great pickup because of the turbo. I should also mention that I get 27mpg in the city on a regular basis... really great!

Could be better

4.4
CP on 02/16/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

It is a great car, but have had problems with steering wheel locking and key not working car at all,this has happened a few times, they said nothing could be done about it .. problem for that year? Have had electrical quirks, and had to have key reprogrammed. It has speed unreal, can go so fast in seconds. Seats are extremely comfortable, and the gas mileage has been fantastic. It is like the car that keeps giving in the fuel department! The quirks are annoying to say the least for such low mileage, but if I had not had a problem with the above mentioned, the car would rate a 10 in my book hands down.

So far so good

4.6
maxedsaab on 02/03/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I hope that this will provide a bit of a longterm insight. My SportCombi has 32000 miles now. It is still a blast to drive. Always leaves me with a smile. Tested multiple cars prior to this choice. Traded in a 2003 Passat wagon. Love practicality of this wagon and it has a great profile. Drove A3, A4, BMW 325x, Mazda6 wagon, and none were perfect. Chose Saab for a couple of reasons, cost, fun to drive, practicality and style. No major headaches, just some minor quirks, such as the keys needing reprogrammed. I was afraid at first that the interior may not hold up, but it has. Original Pirelli tires stunk, have new Potenzas and it is night and day. All and all very pleased.

The funnest car you will ever own!!

5
martinj281 on 01/29/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is fun fast and slick. It has great handling tire traction is awesome! This car is great and turbo is a great feature. This would be the best car you will ever own!

Excellence

5
tank96 on 01/16/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the best car that I can think of. Has styling elements of a BMW without the cost. It can hold its own against V6 competitors while saving gas with a V4. This is my first car that I bought and am very pleased with what I got. I am in college and was still able to pay for it in cash. I have the nicest looking car of anyone I know. Saab is easily the best value car on the market. I can compete with other sports cars and save gas. I got 28MPG when I first started out while driving Very aggressively the whole time. The interior is spacious enough to fit larger people (I'm 6'3")and is very well designed. Saab does its job making you feel like you're in an airplane cockpit. Comfortable car!

Blast to Drive, Blast in the Wallet

4.1
Ryan on 01/14/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

This car is a blast to drive. I bought this car used with about 47,000 miles in 2007. Because most of the miles were highway, I figured I'd only have a few maintenance issues. WRONG! I've easily spent close to 1,500 on this car so far (including the pricy 60K maintenance). So far the horn and both power windows have broken, along with the temp. gauge. The front of the car/wheel well is currently squeaking. Regardless of these issues this car IS A BLAST TO DRIVE! I paid only about 20k for this car and there is no other car at that price point like it. So, if your looking for a great car to drive and don't mind putting in a little maintenance, this could be the car for you.

So Far So Good

4.8
Tim on 01/13/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought this car almost two months ago. Too early to know for sure, but so far best car I have owned. It has snowed every week since I bought it, so I haven't been able to "joy ride" much, but the Front Wheel Drive handles snow well. The interior is my personal favorite. I liked the interior more than the 3-series and the C-class at the dealer. The trunk is huge for a little car. Overall we love it.

Attractive and fun midsize wagon

4.3
ChrisJ on 12/29/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

The Aero Sportcombi is a car that gets overlooked too often in favor of the 3 series and the A4 Avant (both more $$). Which is too bad, this is a great looking and performing little wagon. I had the opportunity to drive the 2.0T and Aero quite aggressively at the Aero Academy and was impressed with the cars dynamics. Power from the smooth turbo V6 (a Wards 10-best engine) is plentiful, and I find myself shifting 1-2-4 or even 1-2-6 as the speed builds quickly. Very minimal turbo lag and torque steer. Cargo room is on par with many mid-sized SUVs. Fuel economy is good for a V6: high 20s hwy, low 20's city. Throw some cross bars onto the roof and you've got a capable home depot runner too.

Great convertible

5
Rich on 12/07/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We bought our 93 2.0 turbo 4 cyl standard transmission convertible used with 33,000 miles 2 months ago. The previous owner kept it in excellent condition and I think we got a terrific price at less than 1/2 of it's original price. The car is solid, the doors are heavy, outside noise is minimal and the road noise is less than our Volvo S60. The stick shift is smooth and the steering tracks very tight with minimal lean in the turns. The top is a marvel to watch and is water tight while driving. The trunk space is flexible so if you need more space put up the top. I am 6'2" and I can fit in the back seat fine. The seats are more comfortable than our previous Mercedes.

Very reliable with great gas mileage

5
Sam on 12/02/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had to drive a lot more the last four months with a job change, so I am now putting a lot more mileage on my Saab than I did initially. Only have 26,000 miles but expect to have 36,000 by next May when the car turns three. So far, it has been trouble free except for the decal coming off the hood once which was fixed under warranty. Otherwise, this car gets great gas mileage (29-36 on highway, 18-24 in city - beating EPA estimates of 19 and 29), is completely reliable, and has the acceleration of a new V6 Honda Accord with about 10 mpg better. No smoking engines, no batteries, no rotors - none of the problems others report. I guess I live a charmed life.

Wanted some fun

4.3
cubanindesmoines on 11/13/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

Traded an 05 Subaru Legacy-i for the 9- 3. The Saab's seats are very comfortable and there are a lot more features in the Saab. Acceleration is great and overall very fun to drive. The vehicle does have unique look to it without being quirky or gimmicky. Hwy mileage has been excellent at 29- 31. City is good at 24 mpg. Mileage can be worse if you really step into it. I was concerned about overall reliability so I did purchase the service contract with it. Huge amount of features and adjustments for the sound system, climate control, and information systems. Keep the rpm's over 2000 and it runs well. Keep them over 3000 and there is no turbo lag.

My first Saab and probably my last

4.1
RJR on 11/13/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I always liked Saab, so I leased this car in 2006 for 27 months. It's a very nice car for the buck, but I wouldn't buy one. That's just my personal preference but my sixth sense told me that this car would cost a lot of cash to maintain for the long haul. Drives great, handles great. The turbo 2.0L engine is sluggish with the A/C on full blast, but otherwise very quick and great on the highway when you need some extra power. The exterior is very high quality, interior is the same way. Not sure why Saab put a completely useless 3"x2.5" screen on the dash. It has an integrated phone, but it only works in Sweden, not in the US, so all those buttons are useless unless you live in Sweden.

Everything seems GREAT to me!

4.4
Theo on 09/06/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Not certain about some critical reviews here but I've had no problems so far and am having a great time driving this vehicle. Plenty of headroom (6'3"), which was one of the main selling points for me - had trouble with just about any other car/vehicle (even my brother in law's Escalade). This vehicle has superb ergonomics and comfort with handling and performance that does not disappoint. I was cross shopping against an Audi A3 but honestly, there is no comparison (other than the Audi's superior DSG transmission - would have loved one of those in this car). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a great handling, powerful and good looking "wagon".

Frustrating/Disapointing Experience

3.6
HK Pearson on 08/20/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

Bought the car 20 months ago and it has been in the shop 12 times. Most were warranty items. Replaced the coolant reservoir 4 times and the coolant temp sensor 5 times. Very disappointed in the car. Love to drive it, when it is running. Other warranty items have been stereo cuts in and out, wiring in door loose, replaced the tires 3 times in 37,000 miles, and replaced struts and shocks already.

No sobbing with this Saab

4.8
Doobie on 08/11/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My Chili Red 9-3 2.0T has been a joy to own. With a daily commute of 90 miles round trip, I wanted a car that that drove and handled well without the need for a stiff suspension and low profile tires. It also had to have good gas mileage, decent acceleration and run on regular gas. This car does it all. One of the most comfortable cars to drive that I have ever owned. The engineers at Saab have geared this car perfectly. At typical commuting speed, the engine pulls about 2300 RPM. This is the cars sweet zone. At this speed, the engine is responsive, road feel is fantastic, steady and there are no vibrations or annoying harmonics. No service issues and I am getting 29.5 mpg (hwy).

Update to 10/28/2006 Review

4.9
jyerka on 07/22/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Follow up to original review. Saab 2006 93 SportCombi Aero 25K miles- Still fun to drive, no major problems. No changes in acceleration, steering or braking. Warrantied service included tightening some bolts on rear door (after driving over road construction for three months, lots of vibration). Cargo space is very useful, the folding seats have saved me many times. I actually use the retractable cargo cover, when leaving valuables in the car or groceries in the sun. Everyone loves the seats, very comfortable (I am 6'3") I also have the Thule roof rack- low profile aero bars mounted on factory rails and Big Mouth bike racks, excellent.

Wish we'd bought Japanese!

3.4
UVAGirl on 07/22/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

We choose the Saab 9-3 Aero over the Audi(we previously had a new A4 with reliability issues), Mercedes, Volvo, and Acura (big mistake). In the past year, we've had to trek to the dealership monthly, weekly, even daily with issues like: radio, emblem falling off, multiple fog light replacements, tires, brake pads, repeated coolant issues, and today the engine started smoking (while driving home from the Saab service dept. after they 'fixed' the engine yet again!) We didn't pay this much for a car to be driving a cheap Ford Focus loaner all the time. To those lucky souls who haven't had reliability issues yet, I say 'wait until your mileage gets a little higher and check back, we're at 50k mi

Sticking By It!

4.1
Rhonda on 07/18/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

OK, so the driver door of my Aero Sedan may have a prickly little habit of coming loose and nearly falling off unless I tighten the bolts every few weeks, but I'm chalking it up to charm. Really. I've owned Acuras up until buying this Saab, and sure those will get you where you want to go, but they just don't have the same kick and flair of this car. I truly love driving it and that counts for something in the trend of mundane cars and dull driving experiences.

Gorgeous but unreliable

4.1
MrStrutt on 07/08/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 2

I chose the 9-3 convertible from 2006 based on the fact that it was *more* reliable than the 2004 and 2005 models (according to Consumer Reports). However, after barely two months driving it, I have had to take it twice to the dealership -- recent failures include the alternator and the clutch. I know that Saabs weren't the most reliable cars out there, but I'm still surprised! The beauty is the 50,000-mile warranty which turns into 1) free repairs and 2) free loaners. In the end it only costs me trips to the dealership, plus a few parts here and there. A small price to pay to drive such a beauty!

Great little wagon

4.9
CA Saabi on 07/07/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a great wagon, which offers a great deal of cargo room for its size. Also we have averaged 23 mpg (blended), which much better than I expected given the amount of city driving I do.

Have had great experience with this car

5
Chuck on 07/01/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The car is very safe, and drives like a dream, with mileage like a little Honda and performance that is out of this world. I could not be more happy with it! I think it is a shame that more people are not aware of what a great car this is for the money.

Inconvenient

4.3
Michelle on 05/30/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

I love to drive this car. It is fast, it responds well, and is very comfortable. However, I have had many problems since day 1. It came with a bad battery which died the day after I bought it. There was a recall on the coolant tank which I wasn't informed about; had to wait until my hood was smoking to find out. The saab service agents don't care and fail to inspect my entire car when I bring it in, so I have to keep going back. Speakers are fuzzy. Just replaced another battery and a corroded switch. Seems like there is always something wrong with it. I now have to replace the front and rear break pads and rotors at 36,000 miles.

9-3: a noisy ride

4
tennisman on 05/14/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

Won't be buying another Saab; after living with the excessive road noise and poor stereo for 2.5 years, it's time to get a quieter car. Wears me out on a long road trip. Awful stereo, with no bass in the back parcel shelf. All bass is in the doors, which makes everything rattle that is in the door pockets.

Awesome Car!!

5
NEPASaab on 05/08/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've owned my 9-3 for exactly one year, just hit 32k miles, and i love it just as much as the day i got it. I picked my silver 9-3 over an Accord, Legacy, TSX, S40, and Mercury Milan. I purchased the car used/ certified with 20k miles on it from a local Saab dealer. Some have mentioned that Saabs aren't common however where i live they are very popular due to the dealers rapport with its' customers. The car is a wonderful value and there's very few, if any, cars in this segment that compare. The car is a blast to drive has great fuel economy, and i love the styling both inside and out. I treat this car better than most treat their kids and it loves me back just as much.

Well rounded tourer

4.4
Paul Guinnessy on 03/24/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The 9-3 sportcombi is an excellent tourer that keeps the driver well connected to the road without fatigue. The seats are great, the safety features are best in class, and the car is nimble in traffic. Currently averaging 26 mpg in city/highway driving. The interior could be improved, which apparently happened with the later versions of the car. The car also feels more balanced that the sedan version, because of the better weight ratio (52/48 instead of 60/40 in the sedan). This has an impact on the feel of the car and how the suspension performs. The reliability has been rock solid since we leased it. Its very likely we will keep the car when the lease is up.

Good car for the price

4.8
Chris on 02/18/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Overall, I am happy with my Saab 9-3. The car is fun to drive and comes standard with several whistles and bells that others charge for. The car is stylish and very fun to drive. However, I have to agree with others who make mention of constant service. There is always a rattle or some little piece of cheap plastic that falls off of something. A total pain. The electrical has been an issue too (Headlights and power locks). However, our Saab service department has been great to work with!

Saab FUN

4.5
mschae on 02/17/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Fun and exciting to drive. Recently had two rather large rocks hit windshield. However, on further inspection not a mark was noticed. This car has very rapid pickup in the 70-80 mph range.

Fun to drive - pain to service

4.5
spidaman on 02/05/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 3

Fun to drive, but this car has had some significant service issues. The engine was replaced because coolant was leaking out the tailpipe. The car went into "limp home" mode because of a problem with the transmission. Both of the above were fixed gratis under the warranty (with loaner Saabs included). Beyond the reliability issues, the car is a dream to drive - fun, responsive and handles all weather and road conditions with aplomb. The seats are not as comfortable as past Saabs I have owned, but still a cut above most other cars I have driven.

Disappointed with vehicle

3
2006 Saab 9-3 on 02/04/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 2

From our purchase date we have been very disappointed with this car. You would think for the price of the vehicle it would hold up better. The car constantly has problems. Problems with the windshield wipers, windshield sprayers, headlights, gas tank cap, doors locking, ingition switch, sunroof, and it rattles. And the problems re-occur. We take it to the Saab dealership service department and two weeks later it is back in the shop for the exact same problem. The front leather seats are very uncomfortable. There is no support in the seat. When you are riding in the front you have a tendency to slip forward almost coming off of the seat. Cheap leather also. Very disappointed w/car.

Great car

4.9
TJN on 01/29/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I traded my 4WD SUV the day a nasty ice storm came through. Slid all the way to the dealership, thought I was nuts to trade that day. Drove home 35 miles on the same ice in a car I knew little about. Performed aewsome, never missed a step. Since then my Saab has been the BEST vehicle I hav ever owned. None of the issues others note, great hwy mpg, fast, safe, stylish, reliable, exclusive (see very few SCs on the road), and tracks through snow and ice w/o the need for AWD. I needed car I could "bond" with, and this is definitely it!

I wish I never bought it

2.6
Topgun on 01/15/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

One of the first problems is poor support from the dealership. Within the first few months the leather seat split. Not in a seam but across the leather itself. Dealer couldn't tell the cause so they wouldn't stand by it. Front spoiler is so low you can't turn into a graded driveway without it scraping. I broke mine going through snow. So far the sunroof, Stability Control (ESC)have required repair. The windshield wipers have gone bad twice. To add insult to injury the colored plastic part of the front and rear medallions have come off. Top this off with a paltry 19 MPG and you'll find that IKEA couch you bought was the best thing to come out of Sweden.

Nice

5
Saldoman on 01/07/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Overall the Saab 9-3 has delivered as expected with no complaints. The reliability, quality, performance and economy are all where there were advertised to be. I have received as high as 30 mpg on the freeway. I have 15,000 on the car and nothing has failed or needed service. The Saab is just simply fun to drive! All with a very good price on a car that is all it is advertised to be.

2.0T is the way to go

4.3
Daddydriver on 12/27/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had this car for almost two years so I have good perspective on this car and have had no issues. The turbo charged 4 cylinder offers plenty of power, especially at higher RPMs. Even enthusiasts will enjoy the base 2.0T engine. For max performance and control, I suggest using the manual shift feature with the automatic transmission. I have really pushed this motor to the max and it is equal to the task. The handling is decent for a front driver. The suspension is a little on the soft side during hard maneuvering but is stable. The Saab is a great commuting car, but the backseat is small, especially with an infant car seat.

'06 9-3 SportCombi Aero

4.1
boutteman on 11/01/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I have owned this car for one full year and have had an overall enjoyment of my experience with it. It has suited me, as well as my growing family, in many environments and situations. It's handled traffic in Houston, TX, snow/slush in Pittsburgh, PA, and mountainous terrain in Reno, NV. It has performed well in some huge cross country road trips (sometimes getting 33 mpg). I love driving in manual-mode (it not only helps with the gas mileage, but it is a bonus when traveling across the Sierra Mountains on a regular basis. This is a straight-up fun vehicle to drive! I am a mechanical engineer, I did a lot of research, and I picked the Saab over the BMW 3-series and Audi A4 sportwagons.

Exceeds expectations, "expert" opinions

5
NJ Bald on 10/22/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

At 16,000 miles and 18 months, the car has been trouble free and all maintentance has been covered for free (one oil change). This car is more reliable than the Toyota and Honda I previously owned. Car handles very well, and although the controls are a little complicated, figured out how to use the car after a couple of days of ownership. This has become my favorite car and willing to replace with a new one in 10 years when this one needs replacing.

Poor Poor Quality, Do not recommend!!!

1.3
kelley5 on 09/10/2007

Performance: 1 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1

Have had it at the saab service center for several electrical issues, windows, radio controls on steering wheels. Brakes and Rotors service. Coolant Reservoir has had to be replaced 3 times in 1 year! Now the suspension or something is wrong with front end contributing to wear on both front tires. I'm back to the Saab Service center!

Better Than A BMW!

4.6
Mallfada on 08/10/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had 2 BMWs in the past, and after my last experience with BMW, decided a change was necessary! I truly love this car! It has these tiny features to be grateful for, like a rear fog light, a glove box to keep items cold, the manual buttons on the steering wheel, and the pockets for storage on the front seats, along with many others!! The back leaves little space when the driver and passenger need more room in the front. Overall, would never go back to a BMW! GM please don't change any body styling, it's perfect as it is, thank you for a great car!!

Saab 2006 2.0T

4.9
allyson on 07/21/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love the car. It is nice and quiet when the windows are closed. Compact but not too compact. I also like the huge amount of trunk space. I like how the car responds and it is so easy to drive.

I thought there was snow in Sweden

4.5
HeatherVT on 07/10/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Although the 9-3 wagon is sporty and comfortable, the snow performance leaves much to be desired. The ground clearance is so low even a dusting of snow made driving treacherous (despite studded snow tires). The front wheel drive did little to propel the car through the mountainous roads in Vermont, leaving me stranded in driveways and scared on the highway. The seats are comfortable but close together, allowing my toddler to kick my elbow while driving. The trunk is small, not able to accomodate a bike trailer. Although the seats are comfortable they are very close together so my toddler can kick my elbow as I drive. The trunk was too small to accommodate a bike trailer.

So far so good

4.8
marcellolf on 05/27/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I was a bit skeptical of buying my first Saab. I have read of reliability issues but so far this car has been perfect.

Saab repair

2.6
Mark on 05/22/2007

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 1

10K miles summary: - coolant reservoir broken - ABS pump replaced - air bypass valve replaced - software that control windows updated - HID leveling system replaced The car cannot survive a week without having to spend another week at the dealership. we made more miles on the courtesy cars than on our 9-3.

Aero Pleasure

4.4
AERO PLEASURE on 04/21/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I compared many cars before ultimately deciding on the 9-3 Aero V6. It would have cost me $5,000 more to buy a comparable car from another manufacturer. I was extremely pleased with the overall value I achieved, having purchased every available option and not breaking the $40K barrier. I have to say, the audio quality of the 300 watt stereo is disappointing & the navigation system is extremely poor! The navigation unit in a Honda Civic is far better! I understand that both the stereo and the navigation have been improved and this makes me wish I had waited to buy the 2007 model. I had a problem with the coolant system and after 6 service trips, I think it has finally been fixed!

Two Years and Still Love It!

4.6
TRT on 04/17/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I am just now adding my review after two years into my three year lease and I still love this car. I find the car to be a great performer and very comfortable. I tested the BMW 3 series, the Audi A4 and the Infiniti G35 and have never had a second thought about my decision. A couple of minor things (mostly electronics related) have caused the car to go into service but with the warranty and free scheduled service it has been an easy car to live with. I find the car to be quite handsome in the euro way and is unique on the road. Many friends who own BMW 3 series comment how they get tired of seeing themselves at every street corner. A solid buy/lease.

Great GM Car So Far

5
lance20 on 02/14/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I'm just about to turn 3,000 miles in my 06 Aero and so far, so good. I come from a GM family and have previously owned two Chevy S-10 Blazers. So, the switch to a Saab has been pretty radical. I first noticed the car on the road and thought it was beautiful before finding out it was a GM product. The 06 model is still very Saab oriented whereas the 07 model is adopting more of the GM DNA on the interior. Overall I have been very happy with the looks, performance and value of this vehicle. I very rarely see any other Aero models on the road... mostly 2.0s. If you are lookng for an affordable entry-level luxury sports sedan, the 9-3 is tough to beat.

Good Choice

4.3
DH on 02/07/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Extremely pleased so far - handling, styling, and power meet my high expectations from Saab. Enjoy setting the automatic controls so the radio & heat come on the way I want them to. Love the "heads-up" display atop the dash, but why do I still have a big screen in the middle of the dash with nothing to display? The basic audio system is a bit bland - I'm sure there's a subwoofer in there someplace, but my ears haven't found it. The engine has nice perky pickup, although the delay while the turbo kicks in was odd at first. Still, I find myself doing 80 without realizing it.

Saab convertable, 2006

4.9
Peter on 02/03/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great car. Not one problem to report. Car is quick, agile, comfortable, great features. I've added Sirius radio and GPS. Also, snow tires. I looked at a lot of cars, many convertibles. It came down to the Saab and Mazda6 (not a convertible). Both great cars, but I'm very glad I went with Saab.

Wonderful car

4.9
JL on 01/19/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a lovely car to drive. The performance, ride, handling, versatility, and comfort are all top notch. I have the automatic transmission which is the best I have ever driven. Fuel economy is very good for the power and size of the car. The radio is a bit confusing and has way more features than I need. It can be extensively customized but it takes a lot of patience and help from the manual to figure it all out. The front seats are very comfortable, the rear seat is also nice, but a little too low for tall people. The hatch takes tons of cargo, the look of the car is lovely. Especially with the incentives Saab offers, this care is an incredible value!

GREAT SportCombi

4.9
Philip Reid on 01/15/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Saab is getting closer and closer to hitting it on the nose with style, performance and comfort. This SportCombi is nothing short of fantastic - driving and comfort. They still need to work out the cheap plastic dash interior but I hear they made huge strides in the 2007 model. If you are in the market for a nice European car with lots of cargo space, don't skip looking at the Saabs - you'll not regret it.

Value Priced, Modest Design

4.8
Jared on 01/10/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Overall, I have been very happy with my 2006 Saab 9-3. Coming from a late model BMW, the differences were dramatic in ride, handling, computer interface and interior design. I have been more than satisfied in all areas. My primary concern with the car is the road noise inside of the cab, however; putting everything that could be a concern into perspective, road noise is really not a big deal.

Finally got it - Saab Aero Sportcombi

5
Jerry on 01/06/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

When I first saw the pictures in the 2005 Geneva Auto Show, I knew this was the Saab I had been waiting for. The SportCombi provides the utility I need, the luxury appointments I desire, and exclusivity that flies in the face of homogenized convention. I finally picked up my vehicle Jan 2007 and feel safe, secure, and proud.

SportCombi - More than a Sedan / Minivan

5
BikeFit on 01/01/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We have just crossed the 500 mile mark and the car has performed great. Out on the highway the car does well for a midsize car (e.g. semi trucks that went flying by us didn't move our car as much as our minivan) and around town the car is a blast to drive. The safety features are second to none and car has many luxury features with impressive build quality - no rattles. Back seat comfort and cargo area exceeds the rest of the cars we looked at (Volvo, Audi, Honda) and meets our needs as well as the minivan does during arond town drives. The controls and radio are simple and easy to use. Speed warning feature is very nice and provides another safety feature (i.e. no speeding tickets).

Best car i've ever owned!

5
Metodi on 12/31/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This Saab is incredible! Enormous fun to drive, very comfortable, very beautiful car. The Swedes definitely put their heart into this particular design. No problems yet with drivetrain, engine is strong and the turbo sure adds to the fun, step on it and you may not know you're doing 100 already! We lived in Germany for 9 months - our Saab is Autobahn tested and believe me, it's passed every test, up to 235 km/h. The aerodynamics of the car are hardly matched by any other auto maker, it's quiet and it's very steady! I would buy this car 10 times over!

Worth considering strongly

4.6
divyesh on 12/23/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased this car last year. I have been searching for a small sporty sedan for a while. This has been as close to perfect a choice for me as I have found to date. I traded in a VW Passat for this and don't regret it yet. This car is worth a serious look. There have been no major problems so far at 15,000 miles. Minor problems include: a 6 disc cd changer that jammed and had to be replaced, many of the parchment interior body panels were slightly discolored on delivery, and there are a few rattles predominantly in the door panels (a bit disappointing for a $30,000 car).

Great alternative to many SUVs

4.6
UH2L on 12/20/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've owned the 2.0 T manual trans., my 3rd Saab, about a year. It has been almost perfect. Some latches have needed lubrication, but no other issues. I've averaged 28 mpg with about 40% highway miles. Sound system is more than sufficient, the car feels stable at speed with a great compromise for ride and handling. Even if you don't like this car, it's worth buying just for the safety and efficiency! You don't need a Subaru; they're not efficient because of the 4WD and unless you drive in really bad conditions, all you need is the stability control that the Saab has standard. Controls can be a little confusing but seats are amazing. This car is a steal and holds lots of stuff.

Great car

4.8
Mark on 12/04/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I got my 9-3 SportWagon Aero (2.8L) two weeks ago. The car is very sharp - accelerates great, handles great. Interior quality is not Lexus level, but beats my other car (Honda Accord).

Fun, but if you like audio, avoid '06

4
cptab on 12/04/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I found this car fun to drive. It is peppy and corners well. Great torque/power. Unfortunately, the overall fit and finish is not great. If you like buttons and knobs, you'll love the '06. Though I like the heads up display on the '06, it renders the dash's radio display almost 100% irrelevant. Apparently, the H-up display was removed for '07. The 300w Infotainment system (w/o nav.) on the 2006 Aero is a joke. The power is placed towards the front which renders the rear speakers and 'subwoofers' powerless. The bass is muddled and there is really nothing you can do to replace the system.

Easy on the Plastic

4.1
disappointed on 12/03/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Overall, this car is a fantastic value - great styling, fun to drive, very safe, nice handling, surprising power. I get compliments constantly about how great the car looks. However, I am very disappointed with the interior build quality. Can a car have any more plastic than this one? The arm rest on the door, the steering wheel, underneath the steering column, the gear shift, you name it. Because of all the plastic, there is a lot of rattling noise.

20 years and getting better

5
normb359 on 11/26/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my 5th Saab. I just have driven nothing but saabs since 1980. This car is by far the best yet. I am getting 30 mpg on hte highway and the preformance is great. Remembering this is a midsize car and not a sports car. Drives and handles very well.

It's a great car, with a few quirks.

4.8
IllinoisSaab on 11/08/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

My previous car was a Subaru Impreza WRX. I wanted something a little more comfortable and upscale, but also unique. The 9-3 Aero fits the bill very well. It's extremely comfortable, very sporty, and gets amazing gas mileage. I'm getting 29 mpg on the highway. Midrange power seems limitless. It's every bit as enjoyable to drive on twisty back roads as the WRX was, but with a whole lot more luxury. I've had a couple of common minor problems over thee past 3 months, but all were fixed by the dealer - their service dept has been second to none. The stereo in the Aero is pretty good but not quite up to the level I expect from a premium brand.

Hard to do better

5
SShukovsky on 11/08/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought the car since three neighbors had them (as old as 900 series from 10 years ago). All relatively reliable. Mine has been great on gas mileage (26 city, 34 highway), has good acceleration, and appears well built. After 6000 miles and 7 months no problems yet as a few have reported. Car rides well and like the sport suspension. Would not choose differently.

Pretty awesome

4.8
Sanjay on 10/31/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just bought a 2006 9-3 sedan two weeks ago. Everytime I drive it I end up going over 90 mph because I can hardly tell how fast the car is moving. I am going twice the speed limit on on and off ramps to the highway just to feel the car handle. It is an incredible ride. My only comments on improvement are: (1) the radio is terrible, and I have the premium package with an "upgraded" radio; (2) road noise - for a luxury sedan, it is a bit loud on the highway, even when you're only going 55 mph; (3) the steering wheel should be wrapped in leather, not the plasic/rubber material; and (4) the bottom of the front seats are too squishy. Otherwise, I am in love with my new car.

5000 MIles - Better Than Expected

4.6
Jyerka on 10/28/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have driven this car enough to know that I am very happy with my choice. The car looks sharp, it handles great, and is well engineered. I had previously heard that the suspension is too soft and that the turbo doesn't feel right. I'm fairly picky, and I think the suspension is perfect for casual or "aggressive" driving. The turbo seems fine to me, though this is my first car with turbo. The cargo area is very useful - I needed this for work, and it holds plenty. The folding seats, cargo cover, and nets are logically set up and functional.

Second Time Around

4.9
Pete on 10/26/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Although I've only put about 500 miles on this car (has cold weather & premium packages) I must say there is an enormous difference between it and the car it replaces, my 2003 Saab SE convertible. The handling, style, fit and finish are all superior. The added weight combined with improved responsiveness to driver inputs give this vehicle a much more "european" feel. Simply put, this car is fun to drive.

Sweet Car / Good Value

4.8
jackpinewi on 10/05/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

We've only had the car for a short- time so take this review with grain of salt. Really like the vehicle. Nice power off the line that gets better as the turbo kicks in. Very solid on the road with nice road manners. Nice look to 9-3 Aero. Interior comfort is good. Seats are supportive and comfortable. Headrests are functional and lower back support of the seats is excellent. Back seat is usable even with decent sized adult in front (6- 0). HID's are excellent. Finish and fit of the car are very good. No annoying rattles or other noises. Car makes commute more enjoyable. Daughter thinks the car is cool!

Much improved 2006

3.8
Frank on 09/24/2006

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

We had a 2003 9-3 sedan. This 2006 model feels more rigid and the steering feels tighter, which makes it more fun to drive. Suspension is a bit smoother but still is firm. Overall a lot better car than our 2003. If you want a good looking and fun car to drive, the Saab Sportcombi may be what you're looking for!

Love my car!

5
jcp on 09/23/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great car. Fun to drive. Good mileage compared to similar luxury sedans. Leather seats are firm and comfortable.

Excellent value, fun to drive sport/lux

5
J on 09/19/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love how this car drives. Very sporty and fun yet not hash. 2.0T has good power even with automatic. Excellent styling!

Sundays-only car

3.9
ej on 09/11/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

Beautiful when you're single or dating, or married with no kids. Not a family car. Fun beyond belief to drive. However, way too many little annoying problems, rattling noises all over the interior after 25000 miles. Electrical problems day in and day out (radio, windows, sunroof, blinkers). In a few words: I regret buying this car and I do not recommend it. Don't forget, all NEW cars ride nice at the beginning but not all stay that way.

Didn't settle for less

4.8
BILL .P on 09/08/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Having gotten my fill of Mercedes (c and e class) I decided to try something different. Looked at the BMW and Audi and then test drove the Aero. Boy am I glad I did. I got the six speed, wow this car can move! And not only in a straight line either. It corners great, steering is very responsive, great visibility, great brakes and the lower front end makes you feel like your part of the road. The reputation this car has for safety was the deciding factor for me. A car that can make me grin like this and have such a great safety record is just what the doctor ordered. By all means if your looking for a sports sedan that’s fun to drive test drive the Aero, you wont regret it.

Excellent car!

5
N Duck on 09/07/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Having two small, sporty cars (Contour SVT and Focus SVT), I had been looking for a car with more room that still had a sporty feel to it. This car has it all. Lots of room, plenty of power and smooth torque from the V6 twin turbo, and great handling. Added bonus - no torque steer, (and very quiet, especially compared to the Fords). It is very easy to go faster than you think in this car, so watch out! Fusion Blue paint is really good looking, and the seats are extremely comfortable as well as attractive. EPA estimate is 18/28 for this car (6 speed manual). So far I am getting around 18 in town, and got about 29 mpg on a 1000 mile trip. No quality problems after 1600 miles.

Sixth Saab - best ever

4.9
brandedsaab on 08/27/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great car and so much fun to drive - comfortable, fast. Engine purrs. Top goes down and up quick. Just under 2K miles - no problems at all. 22.4 mpg - and not broken in yet, and city driving.

GREAT CAR

4.9
SAAB OWNER on 08/26/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I got this car about 2 weeks ago, and it's great. The Saab is very affordable considering all the standard options that are equipped standard. It's fun to drive and very nimble which surprised me being that it has only a 2 liter engine. The European styling cues make it interesting and unlike any other car on the road. Also, the Pirelli tires that come standard are an excellent feature meshing well with the cars responsive rack and pinion steareing system. Great car yet would like to see more contoured seats particularly in the lower back area.

Polar Bear White

5
Joe Scibetta on 08/25/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car. It is agile and nimble on the road. It looks different from the other coupes on the road. I am so happy with it that I have already forgotten about my Mercedes-Benz. I feel you get a very versatile and SAFE vehicle for the dollar.

Very Impressed!

5
mjbcl1 on 08/23/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Never having owned a Saab before, I was a little apprehensive at first. That is, until I got behind the wheel! the performance is captivating and the drive is a whole lot quieter than expected (via other reviews on other websites). Fuel economy is fair to well in city driving and terrific on hwy. I love the interior gadgets and ability to connect my iPod. We've had it for over a month now and I continue to be impressed with every aspect of this vehicle. Sound system is terrific and the power moonroof is an absolute MUST!

Disappointed

3.6
Unfortunate on 08/18/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

I hate to have to write a negative review. I have 4200 miles on my '06 SAAB 9-3 Aero and had to have the engine replaced in the car. Engine coolant light to leaky head gasket to engine replacement. Unbelievable!! I love the car other than that. The V-6 has a problem that they wanted the engine back to the factory to investigate. Beware folks!!

Fun car, but needs a little arm room

4.4
Scott on 08/17/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Love the gas mileage! Love the acceleration, and optional manual shifting on the fly. I do wish there was more room or padding on the door where your elbow naturally sits during a long drive. My arms get sore after an hour of driving from having to place to comfortably rest. I also miss my auto-dimming mirrors from my previous vehicle. Otherwise the seats are very comfortable and the position of the headrest is the best I have ever found. My wife calls it "the fast car" and tries to steal it whenever she can.

Great when not in the shop...

4.1
oomps on 08/16/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 1

I purchased this car on 07/18/06. Up to now (08/15/06), the car has been to the shop 4 times for a/c problems. This car has NOT been reliable and has turned me off from the brand. The few times I've had it, it has been fun to drive. It's a great little luxury/sport sedan. It drives rather well and is fast once you are above 2000 rpm. Tire noise is audible. The 300 watt system needs improvement. Seats are great and all the controls are with in reach. Fuel economy has been pretty good with about 22-24 mpg.

Great car for money

4.8
TennisMan on 08/13/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Great car to drive, powerful 4-cylinder engine, nice fit and finish, terrible audio system. We leased our 2.0T automatic for 2 years and so far it is great fun to drive. Wish it had memory seats standard, though. Stereo is crap, with poor sound quality and aggravating RDS scrolling which is hard to fix. Gets about 30 mpg on hwy, 21 around town. Auto-stick works well with the 4-cylinder turbo. A little tight in the rear seat quarters for adults.

2006 93 Aero Review

4.9
cervids on 08/11/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Former BMW and Audi driver. The 93 Aero is powerful; 250bhp/258lb-ft available for real life driving conditions through most of the power band not just near the redline. 90% percent of maximum torque is achieved at 1,500 rpm! Not enough power, buy a simple plug–in engine control PPC upgrade ($850) which enables 285bhp/358lb-ft. The rock solid suspension and superb road manners allow you apply that awesome power as if gliding rails in addition to the legendary Saab safety, utility, spaciousness, and functionality. The interior is abundantly quite, however, the car is tuned to provide the enthusiast with an addictive amount of engine and turbo sound.

Love it!!!

4.9
Kerri on 08/09/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Absolutely love my 9-3 Aero! It's fun to drive, has a lot of power and love the look!

Great value, excellent performance.

4.6
Colorado Saab Owner on 08/08/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I had no intention of owning a Saab until I stopped to take a look at a 9-3 Sportcombi at a local dealership. I have owned Volvos for over thirty years, but never a Saab. The 9-3 Sportcombi comes in at about $10,000 less than a Volvo XC 70 wagon. Yes, the Saab has less room and is slightly smaller, but it also gets significantly better mileage and is noticeably more nimble. This car is a real sleeper -- when you look at what you get for the money it's pretty hard to beat. I'm thinking of getting a second one to replace my Ford van. Also, there is virtually no turbo lag, and a lot of get up and go when you need it. Mileage is outstanding for a car of its size.

Understated and underappreciated fun car

5
SH on 08/08/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We started with every foreign-built sedan under $30K and test-drove nearly all 13 on our short-list. Wanted something more unique than what we see all over the roads. My wife and I left the 9-3 test drive with the first smiles on our faces. A refined ride as the TSX with added turbo boost and comfortable seats. Just had my first service - at 10,000 miles - and love everything about the car.

Awesome car

4.9
saabfan on 07/30/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Only three weeks with the car, but loving every minute. Once you take this car home, you'll think of any excuse to take it out for a drive.

High Value Alternative

4.8
IL Owner on 07/24/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Recently bought the car, with just a couple hundred miles in, I really like it. Low torque steer, good cornering stability, quiet ride, and decent economy.

Great car... BUT

4.5
MJM on 07/21/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 5

Have had this car about 4 months and have been mostly pleased. Great mileage... about 35 hwy. Good power, nimble handling and comfortable ride/seating. Controls required me reading the book for an hour to fully figure them out. Easy access for the 2 car seats and ample cargo area. We are struck though by minor complaints re:cup holders. 2 separate and peculiar locations, when it appears only some small engineering changes could 've made these much more user friendly. Limited console storage area as well. Overall a great car w/a few minor convenience issues.

Much better than I expected!

4.8
S.C. on 07/13/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

This is a great car for the money. My last lease was an A4 quattro, nice car too but much to expensive when you can get a 9-3 for $4000. less. I really enjoy the Saab dash and display format. The 2.0t is an awsome engine with hardly any turbo lag. The exterior looks great and I love the new iPod hook-up feature (smart move). All in all you won't go wrong with Saab.

Incredible sedan !

4.8
Santanu on 07/10/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I tend to buy cars that are uncommon, Saab was a natural choice, knowing their history also made me curious. When I test drove a Saab 9-3, I couldn't believe people haven't "found" this car yet. Saab 9-3 is the most ergonomically designed car around. Extremely well designed car, so beautiful and stylish outside and inside... my friends (having M3, 5 series, Merc etc) were wanting to get rides in it for a month! You will feel the difference the moment you sit in the driver's seat. You feel euphoria when "turbo" kicks in. Incredible dash, controls, cool features and very comfortable seats. Huge trunk and glovebox. Officially safest (not Volvo) vehicle on road today... sidebags galore. Just love it.

Saab #2

4.6
RT on 07/07/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Leased my 9-3 Aero 2/06, previously had '03 Arc. Although the Arc was fun to drive, this Aero is a totally different car. The new turbocharged V-6 has significantly less turbo lag, way more satisfying exhaust note, tons of torque. This car absolutely loves to be driven fast, bummer given the number of speedtraps around Seattle. Looks are greatly improved with dual exhaust, lid spoiler. 4k miles so far without any real issues. Only thing is moonroof wanting to stick in tilt mode. Fit and finish not quite up to BMW/Audi/Benz standards, but then again, this car was a hell of a lot cheaper with comparable equipment.

Better Value

4.8
aero_joe on 07/05/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my first Saab after owning 2 Audi A4s. I've always loved the exterior styling of Saabs but never thought about owning one until this year when my lease on my last Audi was nearly complete. I looked at both Audis and BMWs but chose the Saab because it provided me the power, performance, styling and comfort for a lot less than the comparable Audi and BMW models. The real factor was the new 2.8 turbo V6 engine which gives this car the performance equal to the much more expensive 330i and the 3.2 A4.

Better than the reviews by CR, Edmunds

5
Mike on 07/01/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A very understated car. It almost looks like a combination of the positive characteristics of bmw and volvo, along with Saabs traditional design. Handles well, I like the fact it takes REGULAR GAS! You can't get that on any other european car. But I believe my mileage is more like 20-22 city 25hwy. The interior could be a bit larger, stereo and controls could use a little work. Moving flexible armrest on the center consule can be annoying. I think that the reports about the reliability being poor are not fair. Look at mercedes, bmw, volvo, volkswagen, audi, they are all about the same or worse. I previously had a 900 which ran over 165K, with no major concerns. These are good cars

Enjoying the car

4.8
BF on 06/29/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have the black Sport Combi, and everyone agrees - it looks sharp! The upward rake makes it look very sporty and unique from other wagons. Tne leather interior is beautiful, and the car feels solid. The Turbo 2.0 provides a lot of power to a 4-cylinder engine - more than my previous V6 car.

Just love it!

4.9
Ozzysmom on 06/28/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've owned my Saab for almost three weeks and man do I love this car. It's gorgeous. I got the steel grey metallic. Love the two tail pipes. It's smooth, very easy to drive, very fast. You will feel the bumps, but it's a sportscar afterall. Love the rear parking assist. I like the dash, but feel like they could have offered the chrome detail on the dash. Love the steering wheel design. Hate the passenger side view mirror. It's hard to see out of it. The front-end is VERY low. I have already knocked the front fender out, but because it's a Saab, it's incredibly durable and the dealer was able to pop it back in like 30 seconds. Overall, it's stylish, fun to drive, and reliable.

It's been great!

5
Dave Hecht on 06/25/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After 6,000 miles, the car has been absolutely perfect. Nothing has gone wrong. It has averaged 28.1 MPG with only one long trip. It handles well and is very distinctive... gets lots of looks at stop lights. It is more comfortable than I would have expected and rides much better than I though. My last car was a 2002 BMW 525i so that was a tough car to follow. It is my 3rd Saab in the last 20 years... the best of the bunch.

Fantastic Drive!!!

4.9
? on 06/24/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After attending the Aero Academy, I realized this car has excellent handling and is built for fun driving AND safety. It's got a sporty ride & a nice interior. It was obviously built with comfort in mind & attention to detail. It's my first Saab, & I will never buy another type of car if I can help it. Go to the Aero Academy if you can! It's the most fun I've had in I don't know how long! I love my Saab!!!

Great sport sedan

5
saabguy on 06/24/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car. It handles great and has plenty of power for passing carving up twisty back roads. This Saab is very comfy and feels solid when driving. It doesn't hurt that this car is one of the safest cars on the road.

9-3 convertible

4.9
B. Rich on 06/22/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my second Saab, but first convertible. I absolutely LOVE it. 2006 engine much smoother than my 2003 Sedan, both 2.0 Turbo. It is so much fun to drive, and the seats are a perfect fit. Had a slight rattle with the top down, and my dealer solved the issue within a hour. I am now a confirmed Saab owner.

So far, so good!

4.9
Daid Hecht on 06/14/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I've put 6000 miles on the Sport Combi, and it has been bulletproof so far. Have averaged 28.0 mpg on the computer on regular gas. Car has plenty of power, is very comfortable and looks great, because it is different. Every passenger so far has been complimentary, and at least one friend just purchased one because he liked it so much.

Very pleased with purchase

5
pixie777 on 06/13/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've only had my Saab 9-3 for a week but I absolutely love it! I think that people are negative about Saabs because not very many people own them. It comes equipped with many standard features that you pay handsomely for with the BMW 325i - which I test drove also. It's comfortable, the drive is very smooth and I love the exterior design of it. I was looking for a compact sedan with that special "something." My friends and family love it. If you are considering a Saab, please test drive one. You will not be disappointed!

06 SportsCombi

4.3
Matt Severson on 06/08/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

What a fun car to drive. Expecting our first baby and wanted safety first and foremost in a wagon. Tired of SUV. Considered the Volvo V70 and XC70 but didn't have the same "fun" quotient. We had a Saab 9-3 convertible before and had always been impressed by it's torque at low RPMs. The 9-3 Sports Combi did not disappoint. We were hooked after the first drive. The redesign suspension makes handling superb. I love that it has full complement of airbags including curtain airbags. Gets good gas mileage, is fun and unique to drive. Would like to have gotten the 9-5 but it's in desperate need of a redesign.

2006 Saab 9-3

4.9
dcoggins on 06/08/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my third Saab and it is absolutely a wonderful driving experience. Coming from a former Indy race car fan, I'm vividly reminded of the race... the engine sound & speed of the cars. It has that certain sound reminiscent of that great noise. It feels lots more powerful than my other 9-3's due to turn-on-a-dime cornering, hold on the road fast speed, the inside quiet, speakers (woofer in the trunk). I had to watch my speed with the prior car. Now I absolutely have to watch it. So fast so quickly!!! I love it the best of the other Saabs. My only wish is to have this performance placed inside a smaller but the remarkable Saab body style of the 80's. That was THE CAR!!!

Gotta get a Saab

4.6
seal8485 on 05/23/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Overall, I have been very impressed with this car. The start off the line is a little slow, but once that turbo get's going you really feel the punch. It handles like it's on rails (name the movie). For the semi-compact size of this vehicle it is still really roomy on the inside. I used to drive an SUV and the gas was just killing me so I decided to get this instead.

saab is great

5
Steve on 05/10/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Love to drive, fight over it with the wife

"Double Pick" front and side impact GOLD

5
Gerry on 05/06/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Safety #1 "DOUBLE PICKED" by the IIHS for front and side impact GOLD, even the Volvo with its well known safety features was not on the top 10 awardees. Awesome car we where looking at the Volvo S60, MB C230, Audi A4, and BMW 330i... But no one could beat the price even with all the optional features tacked on. I could not pass that up, great car, nice ride semi road noise when the moonroof is up in freeway. My wife loves all the buttons, dual control climate control w/ filter, dual power seats, roomy back seats, and cooled glove box. They have really got a winner here now all they have to do is redefine the 9-5...

Great So far

4.6
Lovin it on 05/04/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Got this car about a month ago and I can say I am very satisifed so far. It is a little smaller than what I am used to but the gas mileage improvement is more than worth it in this $3/gallon gas world. The performance is awesome for a wagon, the stereo sounds great and it is pretty luxurious inside. I liked the Aero better but it wasn't worth the extra dollars. It feels great on the highway and the only turbo lag I have found is in first gear. If you keep the RPMs high enough, you will never notice.

Saab defeats BMW hands down

4.8
car nut on 05/04/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My past two cars have been BMWs, this car blows them away! Fast, fun and roomy. Seats very comfortable, convertable top is a gem. Car enthusiasts and mags are negative on front wheel drive, BUT I live in the northeast, their is virtually no torque steer and I am much more likely to drive in inclimate weather than take a turn at 90 mph. The car is distinctive and a blast to drive.

Great Value

4.8
Kuribo on 05/02/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Just purchsed a 2006 9-3 Sport Sedan for my wife. The 9-3 Sport Sedan is very well equipped so we just added Cold Weather package and Sentronic Automatic Transmission. It is much quicker than the old 1.8 Audi and the engine has a nicer character and better gas mileage. A really beautiful, under appreciated car.

My fifth saab

4.9
Brannen on 05/02/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Fast for a Saab new 6 speed auto is great. New duel exhaust sounds good. Need to see 1/4 mile time for this car with normal test temps not in the middle of a desert like Car and Driver tested this car two mo ago and gave a very poor review. This is my 5th Saab and my third Aero. Drive it and you will buy it! When the dealer delivers the car, do not use harsh wheel cleaner on Wheels as this discolors the break calipers. D

Better than the A4!

4.8
Kuribo on 04/27/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Just picked up a 2006 9-3 Sport Sedan with Automatic and Cold Weather package. Coming off lease on a 2003 Audi A4. We've only had the Saab for a few days but it's really wonderful. Side by side, the performance is better than the A4 1.8T. Smoother shifts, more refined engine and much faster. Interior is really nice and different than German & Japanese cars. The mpg is also quite a bit better than the Audi. Priced the 2006 Saab 9-3 against a 2006 Audi A4 2.0 front driver: the Audi ended up $9000 more. Not worth it! Our first Saab and I think it's a great, under appreciated car

Fantastic car!

5
lansen on 04/19/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I own five Saabs from a 1968 V4 to my 2006 9-3 SportCombi Aero. The SportCombi is my favorite: fantastic power and torque (I can take an S bend near my house in 6th gear and have to downshift in the others); outstanding ride and handling; excellent ergonomics; and I'm glad to see Saab offering a hatch again and the SportCombi is close to the name of my 1974 Saab CombiCoupe hatch!

More Bang for Your Buck

4.8
JD on 04/16/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My wife and I drive a BMW 325Ci an Audi A4 Quattro and recently leased a 2006 Saab 9-3 Aero (manual). This car is awesome, easily the best of the bunch and the others are pretty good. The Saab offers better performance, more interior comfort and space and respectable gas mileage (28.5 mpg on a recent highway trip). The best features of the car are the V-6 engine and the upgraded seats that the Aero model offers. The engineers who put the engine together have created one of the most useable and powerful engines I have ever driven. In particular on two lane highways you can pass quickly and in confidence.

mmmmmmm

5
mainecliffdweller on 04/13/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just took delivery three weeks ago and have already put 3000k on my new Saab 9- 3 sport combi. With two 100lb dogs and me over 6'6" I was worried that the wagon wouldn't be big enough, but it fits me like a glove! There is certainly enough room and it is so much more fun to drive than an SUV. I'm a big back road driver and this car is perfect for that. Love it!

GM has ruined this car

2.5
ExSaabLover on 04/12/2006

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

I have had 2 Saabs in the past and I LOVED the cars. I think my current one is a lemon. It's been at the dealer for repair 4 times already, and I just owned it for 6 months. Very poor build quality.

Autobahn Tested/Approved

4.8
Keith n' Becky on 04/12/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We picked this car up at the Factory and drove it to our home near Frankurt the next day. This car is completely at home while cruising at the 133mph gov. The magazines trash Saab for a couple reasons that stem from the FWD. It will never have the feel of a RWD BMW, but its great for a FWD. The shifter is fine untill you are speed shifting when it becomes a little slow. This and it's at the limit handleing are not up there with the BMW, but during spirited driving you'd never know it. It is only when one thrashes the car through a small road course, like the magazines do, that one would see the difference. Interior is much "nicer" than the BMW and the rear has more room than the BMW5dr

Fly Saab Air!

4.5
Kevin on 04/11/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

A hidden gem discovered at an auto show while looking at competing convertibles! Fun to drive with top up or down, as car handles very well, slicing from lane to lane, and the 2.0T Turbo seems to have more than the 210 hp as hp and torgue is right where you need it, especially 50-70 MPH when passing. Great styling especially with top down which quickly shows its design as a convertible, not a coupe with roof cut off. And excellent value too, with options and features, out the door price makes this a better value than a BMW or Audi. If you are considering these convertibles, do yourself a favor and at least drive the Saab too!

2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Convert. Fun!!!

4.9
Raven777 on 04/04/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I was leery at first buying a Saab since many of my friends had warned me that Saabs had many problems. Well so far at ~3k miles they have been wrong. I love this car, it is fun to drive, very fast, and it turns heads. Even BMW drivers look to see, what is that car. The seats are the best ever! The confort is superb. The interior is nicely done with two-tone seats. The stereo though leaves something much to be desired. A Bose system would make a huge improvement. For this class car to not have BlueTooth is a shame, ONStar or not.

A Great Driving Experience

4.8
Jake on 04/01/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love to drive this car. I look for any excuse to get out of the house and always take the long way home. The car drives like a dream. I gave my 2005 Saab 9-3 Arc with automatic transmission to another family member for this car with 6-speed transmission. What a difference! As good as the Arc was, this car makes me feel like I'm driving again. The subtle differences with engine, suspension and tuning make a huge improvement in the driving experience.

Saab Convertible - Performance and Fun

5
Marvin Young on 03/26/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The Saab 93 Convertible is incredible! I own the Aero and the new 2.8 V6 turbo is worth the extra cash.

One of the best looking vertables

4.9
gp on 03/21/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Went from an 04 Audi S4 to this car, and although I miss the kick off the line, I realize I went with this car for a totally differant mindset. The car does have good passing power, but the turbo doesn't kick in right off the line. Steering wheel feels like a GM. Little loose, but can get used to it. Quick quiet drop top. beautiful dash with green night lights. 2 semi useful cupholders.

Most fun I've ever had in a sedan

5
Bill C on 03/09/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car encapsulates everything I want: style, speed, value, and dependability. I have a 44 mile round-trip work commute and I (almost) look forward to it.

Great choice

5
Socker on 03/05/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Was looking at BMW 3-series when I came across the new 9-3 aero...so glad I did! Amazing car to drive...so smooth and quiet on the road, with plenty of space inside for hauling people and things. I've always had a liking of "unique" cars, and the Saab 9-3 is definitely a unique car. It's all the luxury and performance of a BMW or Audi, at a slightly lower price, and you can bet you won't see another one at every stop light!

Back to Saab

4.9
Ted Pusey on 03/03/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my first Saab since my I owned a 1984 900 Turbo and I can only say they've gotten better. I traded-in a Mini Cooper S for my 9-3 SportCombi Aero and my new Saab is more fun to drive. The performance of the new 2.8L V-6 is all I could ever want. This car measures and stacks up favorably with the competition at much less cost

aggressive drivers beware

5
mark on 03/02/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Got the car for 28k with the automatic. Car is by far the best thing going for the price. This car will get you speeding tickets for sure. I got one the second day. reaxxs rear steering is amazing when you push the car to its limits through corners.ESP actually works great keeping you out of the ditch. Brakes are incredible, zero fade. Car cruises at 130 getting 24mpg but gets a little loose over 140, the aero ground effects would probably take of this. stereo cranks as long as you're not into heavy bass, 6 disc changer is nice. Definitely worth considering. we chose this over the subaru wrx due to styling and driving comfort. I drive all over the continent and enjoy every bit of it

What a blast!

4.5
Mike B on 03/01/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

So far I love this car, still a little cold to drop the top much, but can't wait for summer or at least April! It's as much fun to look at as it is to drive.

My 2006 Saab 9-3

4.9
Michelle on 02/26/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

When I selected the Saab, I drove a lot of different cars in the 25K-35K price range (Infiniti G35, Volvo S40 & S60, BMW 325, Accord & Solara). My Saab is great for driving country roads & highways. I get an average of 26mpg and on the highway I get up to 32mgp. Great acceleration when passing other cars. You feel like your only doing 70, but when you look at to speedometer you realize that your cruising at 110, oops! I find the 9-3 to be very comfortable. But my boyfriend, who is 6'2 finds that there is not enough legroom widthwise across the car. When driving his right leg rests against the console. The only problem I have had is that you really need to slam the doors to shut them.

Saab's best car yet?

4.9
Paul Hughes on 02/16/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my fourth Saab and my favorite. V6 is smooth and torquey, manual transmission light and easy to use. (Kudos to GM on the engine!) And best handling FWD car I've driven in a long time. Saab needs to upgrade the stereo. it is weak for 300W. Super supportive and comfortable seats, and a more unique convertible choice for So. California, which I like. I highly recommend this car.

I made the right choice

4.9
Jeff on 02/04/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I looked into the Accord EX V6 as well as the Acura TL w/Nav before choosing the 9-3 Aero. While I am not happy with the navigation system (and did not spend the money for it), the car is an absolute blast to drive, meets or exceeds ALL of my expectations and is everything I wanted. I got this as a replacement for my RX-8 after having our second child and I was worried I would be disappointed. Was I wrong! It corners amazingly, has immediate pickup, is well laid out inside, and comes with a bevy of standard features that you pay extra for in Volvo, BMW, Infinit, and others. Everyone seems to have an Acura or BMW but FEW have a Saab.

Great Car for the money

5
Mike M on 02/03/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car. I drove a 325, a Passat and an A4 and came home with the Saab. It's not quite a 3 series BMW, but for 10K less, comparably equipped, I am very impressed. I love the seats and the Saab center starter. Gets great mileage and has incredible pick-up off the line.

excellent value

5
zxcvb on 01/21/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great car. Was skeptical before I leased it for my wife. The acceleration is great. Cannot feel the turbo kick in - unlike my vw and volvo. Driver comfort is excellent. Great for new york city. Can park and accelerate easily.

Anything But a Saab Story

4.9
Wicklund on 01/20/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I went in search of a Saab 9-3 based on styling, reliability, and its impeccable safety record. I thought the car would be nice to drive, but was very surprised at how much fun it really was. I have to be careful, for it seems to really want to move. It's comforting to know that I have the responsiveness and acceleration capability from a safety-through-avoidance standpoint.

almost perfect

4.8
erich on 01/14/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Saab really did a good job with this car. The V6 makes all the difference. Thank god those 4 cylinders are gone. The car has incredible passing power. Acceleration is smooth through the entire power band. I also found it to be a MUCH better value than a comperably equipped Audi or BMW. I feel like I saved thousands. The base Aero has almost everything you'd want on it so you don't get dinged for options that should be standard.

Saab 9-3 Aero w/ Manual Transmission

4.9
Ben on 01/07/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

If you like to drive slowly, then don't buy this car... just test drive it and you will understand what I mean. All my life the cars I have driven have to be at 5000 rpm or higher to enjoy any real power. This car gives you power at 2000 rpm through 5500 rpm. It is strong, fast, responsive. I get 28 miles per gallon (with 75% freeway driving and 25% city driving). If you're looking at the Saab 9-3 Aero, you are probably a very unique person who doesn't like to have what everyone else has, that's why I bought mine.

I love my Saab

5
John on 01/05/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Saabs get a bad rap for their interiors. I love the interior of mine. In my opinion the scandinavian/cockpit inspired styling beats BMW, Acura, and Audi. I get a zen like tranquility sitting in it. The outside styling is great too.

Great entry-luxury

5
John on 01/02/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a fantastic vehicle. Well-designed, fun to drive and distinctive. I love driving something few others do. Definitely opt for the premium package - well worth the money. And if you live in a cold climate, the heated seats are a must.

Awesome, third new Saab in 3 years

5
awesome car on 12/27/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The car is awesome and the engineering is incredible. The car is for my wife and I am very confident in the safety and reliability of the car. Picked up the car and drove it 3000 miles for christmas vacation and enjoyed it totally. Lots of power and very comfortable. I am 6'3" and 320lbs and would drive cross country without any reservations of comfort, performance, handling, fuel economy, and safety.

This car makes you unique

4.4
Al B. on 12/23/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I've only had this car for about 2 months and I can't tell you how excited I get when I jump into it every morning. This is a very fun and sleek ride. It handles the turns well, manuevers with ease and when I want to kick it into overdrive I just switch over to the 5M tiptrometer. Just to tell you how well this car handles, I took it to 115 mph the other day on the hwy, and I literally didn't realize how fast I was going. Its that smooth of a ride. Yes, people told me to get a BMW 3 or an Acura TL (give me a break; but I tell you what-this car is just as good as those and the cool thing is that I'm the only one I know who owns a Saab! How's that for being cool.

SAAB most underated car

5
John M on 12/20/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is an excellent car. Great build quality, styling, handling and performance. very underated car. This car is a blast to drive If anyone is thinking of an Asian import you need to test drive this vehicle.

The best car!

5
Susan on 12/06/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I was looking at another cadillac when I saw the Saab. I was attracted to the looks and when I drove it, it was so smooth that I changed my mind in the middle of the deal to the Saab. I absolutely love everything about this car and will buy another one in the future!

Great Car

5
Chris on 11/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

i ws not planning to buy a car. Drove it while my VW was in service, and had to get it. Never thought I would have a Saab. Drove the 325i, A4, and C230 Sport and bought this. Maybe not quite a 325, but a lot of car for the price. Handles good, and is fun to drive. Car has great gas mileage for the "funness" of it. Better than the 2004 Passat I traded in.

The Love Affair Continues!

5
Michael B. on 11/23/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I sold Saab in the early to mid 90's and that is when I developed a love for these cars...all I had to do was drive one. The love affair definitely continues with this car. From the quirky center console ignition (thank's for keeping it!) to the outstanding performance, to the polished sophisticated look of the hard boot... it's all good. What a great car!

New Wagon

5
Chris on 11/21/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My wife and I were looking for a sporty station wagon. While we liked the BMW 3 wagon, no way was it worth $10K more. I thought the Saab was more fun to drive – turns out it weighs 500 lbs less with the same power. The car really feels tight and quick. The Saab quirks like the center console ignition give it character and separate it from the generic feel of the Japanese and American designs.

Great car, but no Acura

3.8
1saabowner on 11/14/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

I currently own a 2005 Acura TL 5AT with navigation. My wife traded in her 2001 Lexus ES for the 9-3 Aero with everything, for about the same price as my TL. I really like the seats on the 9-3, which are slightly more comfortable than my TL. However, we weren't impressed by all the hard, black plastic throughout the interior, especially when compared with the TL. Acceleration is good throughout the RPM range, but the normally aspirated TL is better. The Saab does shine in safety, with a BEST PICK side rating (1 notch above TL) and GOOD rear impact rating. Not a bad choice, but we like our TL a lot more.

saabjsb

4.6
Joanne Braun on 11/02/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I love the way this car looks and the way it drives. Handles very well and the convertible top is easy to operate. Has a very solid feel on the road and good pick-up. Tilt wheel lever is hard to reach, as it is underneath the steering wheel.

First Time Saab Owner

4.9
Deron on 10/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Waited a year for the V6 and so glad I did!! Power on demand, just press the gas and you are gone. Exterior styling is very sporty yet classy. Love the look of the Aero so much. Interior is first rate also. No cheap materials or cheap looking plastic. The leather seats are a dream! Driving is light on the steering, yet you feel the road. Steering response is quick and provides enough feedback without feeling it. Love the dash and the layout. DVD navigation is right on! Not a harsh ride at all and could actually be a bit tighter I think. Overall a refined ride, great looks, and excellent feel but has a wolf under the hood! Test drove a 06 BMW 330 and chose the Saab... 'nuff said!

Luxury that Stands Alone

5
Kristina on 10/19/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I recently purchased a Saab Linear 9-3 and I can't say enough good things about it. I test drove and Audi A-4, a BMW 3-Series and was on my way to test drive a Lexus IS300 when I decided to stop and test drive a Saab. Needless to say, I didn't even bother going to the Lexus dealership, and bought the Saab the next day. Having just graduated college, I wanted a luxury car that was sporty and well-designed, but I didn't want to be looking at a mirror image every time I was stopped at a stop light. That is exactly what I got and I couldn't be more excited every time I get in the driver's seat.

tight control

4.9
binx on 10/14/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is so responsive my husband wanted to kiss the tires. The pedals and manual shift are so tight the feeling of control is just unbelievable. Less body roll....wow! Spend your time driving!

Loving my '06 Saab

5
Texas Blonde on 10/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I got this car about a month ago, and am thrilled with it! It is a new color for '06 and I am glad I held out for it... Jet Black Metallic is beautiful! I feel bad parking next to regular black cars, b/c it makes them look bad... Very fun to drive, the turbo accelerates well, it is very zippy... It looks a lot more expensive than it was... Fuel costs are low, I think I've only filled it up once or twice since I've gotten it... Great stereo, the leather is a really pretty color and I love having stereo controls on my steering wheel..

2006 9-3

4.9
DetroitKid on 09/22/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This vehicle has been great. It has the ability to accelerate without the feeling that you are being thrown around the car. The overall comfort of this car is second to none.

SAAB Arc

5
Andrew McKay on 09/22/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The thrust of the turbo and solid handling of the car.

I love it

4.9
steve on 09/14/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It may not be fair to rate this car yet, as I just picked it up 3 days ago. So far, it is my favorite car ever. It is very sporty with quick pick-up. Sound system and interior design are excellent. I am surrounded by air-bags. No oil change for 15000 miles (or more) and other than tire rotation every 5000, all maintenance is covered including roadside assistance. Trunk space is excellent. I think I am a Saab owner for life.


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