Gas mileage is pretty lame considering the 4 cylinder engine. An electronically controlled five-speed Saab Sentronic automatic is optional in the 2. Once again, get an American car, or get a Kia if that's what you want. In Britain, the extra strength makes the cars that extra bit stronger in rollovers and under-truck crashes. Every 9-3 Sport Sedan has a standard leather interior and OnStar telematics.
And a big, tall trunk. But if for any reason you have to use lower-rated fuels, the engine management system will recognize it and adjust spark timing so no damage will be done. Model year 2003 Year of manufacture 2003 First year of ownership 2014 Most recent year of ownership 2014 Engine and transmission 2. But whatever the taxonomy, youll find that driving or passengering these Swedes feels really good. Everyone is comfortable, with firm, supportive seating, better legroom in the rear, power seats right and left Arc and Vector , and 2-zone heat and air. Vector has 17-inch wheels and the serious look of matte chrome trim. Exhaust gases, usually nothing more than a waste product, are used to spin a turbine which then forces more air and fuel than usual into the cylinders.
Attention to detail is exemplified by little ideas like the cupholder that does the Saab dance. And there are other thoughtful things like door handles that can be gripped from top or bottom and opened with gloves on. The top spec 210bhp 2. The C Class is dearer and is only just getting its new high-tech supercharged 1. The computers will be permanently hooked up on broadband so that the terminal next to the car is always automatically updated with the latest technical service bulletins even if they were only issued seconds previously. A funny fact is that the check engine came on one day, and the code pointed out a failure on the boost control valve.
The company estimates calendar-year 2003 sales of 25,000 units. If you want a fast, comfortable Q car that you can blow idiots away with in Beemers, Audis etc, that's cheap to buy and well specced. If enough buyers prefer Saabs combination of looks, sounds, features, colors, comfort, and feel, theyll have a winner at the box office. The 9-3 Aero is fitted with a 2. So the new Vectra is vastly better than the old Vectra because of their input. So my first day I bought the car, it needed regular maintenance; disk brakes, rotors, new tires, new things under the hood. Youll also appreciate the heads-up display in the drivers line of sight that shows audio-system settings and which gear the automatic is in.
For the same money, a 9-3 2. Its difficult to not be sarcastic about cars that steer themselves where they want to go last years models. Very, very comfortable seats, great aircon, nice and quiet engine, and even though it's the sports setup, it has a comfortable ride. Speaking of safety, Volvo no longer owns the personal security field. One day, while driving on the freeway, the check engine light went away and the car runs normal again. Stereo system intermittently cut out. The Arc and Vector wont be available until 2003, but for the remainder of 2002, there is a promotional package on Linears, featuring 10-spoke 16-inch wheels, a 150 watt audio system with 6-disc.
Unless someone is in something very quick, they'd struggle to out accelerate you! I've had the older shape 9-3, which actually wears better inside. It's not a drive me until I can't spin my wheels anymore; if that's your case, get a Kia then. Faster, smoother, tighter, more luxurious, and. And the floorpan was already designed with their own special tweaks in mind. Well at 100,000k miles cars tend to need big parts replaced. By the stopwatch, the Saabs belong there.
And, last year, they also transformed the 9-5 into a vastly better car than it was before. The rubber subframe mountings themselves are laterally stiff for good steering response but longitudinally compliant for good ride comfort and isolation of road noise from the cabin. These new guys have crisp handling and sharp reflexes, much like the other members of this competitive class. Good thing, because the sound system was so bad, I wouldnt use it even to drown out noise. One of the main causes of single car road tragedies in Sweden is hitting an elk on a forest road. The seats are just fantastic.
Yes Review Date: 19th February, 2013. If you hurry, you can take advantage of a promotional package on Linears, featuring 10-spoke 16-inch wheels, a 150 watt audio system with 6-disc. Pick of the bunch is the 175bhp 2. Coolant leak sorted with Radweld!. Any opinions or experiences ofyour own? In a tire-smoking-and-screeching tight course, the rear-wheel drive entry from Munich and the front-wheel-drive Swede were equals using two different ways to achieve the same end.
Model year 2003 Year of manufacture 2003 First year of ownership 2011 Most recent year of ownership 2012 Engine and transmission 2. And through suspension modifications and traction control, these Saabs dont involuntarily pull to one side or another under hard acceleration from a standstill. General Comments: What a fantastic Q car. All you people who are looking for low maintenance cars; well Saab isn't your type of car, if that's what you're looking for. Improvements and Upscale Details This year, the company also seems to have smoothed the power curve.