Saab 9-3 Vector 1.9 TiDS Steptronic Full Review,Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
With so many entry-level luxury car choices from Germany, Japan and
America, it's easy to overlook the Swedish Saab 9-3. But the truth is, the
Saab 9-3 could be a great match for buyers looking for a spacious, safe and
comfortable automobile with a proven safety record and a distinctly modern
Today's 9-3 lineup is the latest in Saab's long line of near-luxury cars
dating back to the 1970s. Offered in a variety of body styles, with
abundant cargo space and frugal yet powerful engines, it has always
represented a competitively priced, character-laden alternative to the
me-too near-luxury offerings from other manufacturers.
Though the unique and practical 9-3 hatchbacks were discontinued after the
2002 model year, the 9-3 family continues to be offered in multiple body
styles: a four-door sedan, two-door convertible and four-door wagon, the
latter called "SportCombi." All utilize small-displacement, turbocharged engines that extract big power while
salvaging respectable fuel economy. Recent examples have been made
available with V6s as a step up from one of Saab's traditionally lively
four-cylinders. Furthermore, the Saab 9-3 tends to be priced aggressively,
at least in sedan and wagon form. Convertible models have always been a bit
less of a bargain.
Among the Saab 9-3's chief shortcomings are its lower performance
thresholds and somewhat cut-rate interior in comparison with German and
Japanese competitors. Still, it remains a good bet for near-luxury car
shoppers seeking something different in a class of look-alikes.
Current Saab 9-3
Today's Saab 9-3 is sold in three body styles: sedan, SportCombi wagon and
convertible. Sedan and SportCombi models feel spacious, with low floors,
upright windows and seating for five, though three in the rear seat can be
tight. Legroom in particular is a sore spot. Convertible models have a rear
seat for two adults of small-to-average size. Cargo room in all models is
The 2.0T trim is only available with front-wheel drive and is powered by a
turbocharged 210-horsepower 2.0-liter
four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or five-speed
automatic transmission. When equipped with front-wheel drive, the Aero trim
comes with a turbocharged, 255-hp
2.8-liter V6 mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
transmission, and rides on a sport-tuned suspension. The all-wheel-drive
Aero XWD gets a higher-Boost version
of the turbo-4, making 280 hp and 295
pound-feet of torque. We'd suggest driving enthusiasts opt for this choice.
Another option is the turbo X limited
edition of the Aero XWD, which features larger wheels, lowered and firmer
suspension with self-leveling shock absorbers, larger brakes and sportier
trim.Inside, dramatic two-tone color schemes with lots of matte-black
finishes create an intense, distinctly Scandinavian ambience. Longstanding
Saab-isms remain, including a floor-mounted ignition switch and a "Night
Panel" button that darkens all non-essential dashboard lights to reduce eye
fatigue. However, the climate and audio controls are now generic,
ergonomically friendly GM units.
One of Saab's strongest suits is safety. Thus, the 9-3 offers two-stage
side seat-mounted airbags, curtain airbags on sedan and wagon models,
whiplash-reducing head restraints, stability control and antilock brakes
with Brake Assist.
Editorial reviews have praised the Saab 9-3 as one of the better-handling
front-wheel-drive cars on the market, while taking note of its comfortable
front seats and cavernous cargo areas, even in the convertible. The Aero in
particular, although expensive, has a lightweight, agile feel missing from
many of its competitors. Complaints focus on a sometimes harsh ride
quality, turbo lag and a sense of
quality far short of its German and Japanese competition.Shoppers
interested in a used Saab 9-3 should note that the vehicle has changed some
since 2003. Originally, the vehicle was available in three trim levels. The
base Linear and more luxurious Arc shared a turbocharged 175-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
and nearly identical styling. The Vector wore sportier clothes, rode lower
and offered a 210-hp version of the same engine, which was also optional on
the Arc. The 9-3 Convertible appeared in 2004, followed by the SportCombi
wagon in 2006. In 2005, Vector models were renamed Aero.In 2006, the base
Linear trim level and its weak motor were dropped, while the Arc was
renamed 2.0T and gained the 210-hp engine as standard. The Aero received
the 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 that year.
All 9-3s got an interior freshening for '07, including less bizarre climate
and audio controls. The all-wheel-drive Aero sedan and wagon arrived for
2008, along with the limited "turbo X"
Crash Test: 2007 Saab 9-3
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Insurance Institute for Highway Bumper Crash Test: 2007 Saab 9-3 Front
Full: ,476 Front Corner: ,076 Rear Full: ,722 Rear Corner: 69 Total Damage
in 4 Tests: ,243 The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an
independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization dedicated
to reducing the losses -- deaths, injuries, and property damage -- from
crashes on the nations highways. The Institute is wholly supported by auto
insurers. For more information about this crash test video visit:
Saab 9-3 ESP In Action
This video shows just how effective the Saab Electronic Stability Program
is on the 2003 and newer 9-3 models.
The video is in Swedish, but basically the first part is with the ESP off
and the next is with it on.
Crash Test 2003 - 2009 Saab 9-3 (Frontal Offset Test) IIHS
2009 Top Safety Pick 2009 Saab 9-3 (4-door sedan and wagon models): good
performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic
FRONTAL OFFSET TEST
OVERALL EVALUATION: Good
Structure/safety cage Injury measures Restraints/dummy kinematics
Head/neck Chest Leg/foot, left Leg/foot, right
Good Good Good Good Good Good
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles
of similar weight.
The Saab 9-3 was redesigned for the 2003 model year.
The frontal offset crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon
version of the 9-3, known as the SportCombi, beginning with its
introduction in the 2006 model year.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. The
side curtain airbags deployed, as intended by Saab (even for frontal
impacts). After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head
brushed the side airbag and its fabric cover. The dummy continued to
rebound into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure
that could cause injury.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of
any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Saab 9-3 TTiD acceleration
Acceleration of Saab 9-3 1.9TTiD automatic after map modyfication.
Basic - 179KM/4253rpm - 370,5Nm/2978rpm Temp. 9.0 'C Press:
Stage one - 202,6KM/3908rpm - 405Nm/2978rpm Temp 7,2'C Press: 99,7kPa
Part 3 05 Saab 9-3 2.0T BSR
This is a Saab 9-3 Aero SS with Stage 1 BSR PPC and BSR Optiflow intake.
This video is a series of 5 Vids I made and posted on saabcentral.com and
saablink.net This part was too big for photobucket so its on here. Enjoy!
Saab 93 Turbo X quick drive
I fall in love with this car everytime I drive it. For people who hate
Saab, drive one. I'm sure you'll change your mind.
Saab 9-3 2003-2006 AWESOME cars
None of these cars are mine, and most of the pictures are taken from
Garaget.org. Please enjoy the pictures and the music.
LINK to the car at 0:29 and 0:34 = http://www.garaget.org/?car=209998
Please comment and like my video :)
Music: Pendulum - Encoder