This Saab has the 1st generation dashboard. It has the Saab Information Display (SID) on top of the dashboard. The radio has a different interface and the HVAC controls are full of buttons. I demonstrate some unique features such as Traffic Program, Automatic Station tuning mode, and how to use the control knob for the trip computer.
The mystery of the Saab headlamp switch
Here's reason #1 why Saabs are known to be "quirky"... The headlamp switch
is not typical. In this video I explain the "modes" that control the
sophisticated lighting system in a 2007 Saab 9-3. I demonstrate how to use
these functions: flash-to-pass, follow-me-home, and remote control.
How to Add an AUX Input to a Saab 9-3
This video shows how to add an AUX input jack to a 2003 or newer Saab 9-3.
Before doing this you might want to look in your center armrest and see if
there's one there already. I had one, I just didn't know it. Oh well... I
like the location of this one better anyway. My car is a 2006. I don't know
what year Saab started adding the AUX input in the armrest, but some of the
earlier cars didn't have them.
Anyway, now I have TWO AUX inputs! :-)
If your car is a 2003 through 2005, go here to see how to connect the wires
directly to the pins on the back of the stereo:
2006 Saab 9-3 Aftermarket GPS Install
I installed a Garmin 1490lmt into my Saab 9-3. There was really no place to
mount it on the dash that didn't block the view out of the car or block the
Saab Information Display on the dash, so I installed it down in the little
storage compartment that would otherwise get filled with junk and change. I
think this looks much cleaner than sticking it to the dash.
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.
LED Install On Saab 9-3
A run through on how to install LEDs on a Saab so that there is no strobing
when the car is on and the lights are off.
"Terminator" Vs Range Rover - TerraMax - Top Gear - Series 19 - BBC
James May assesses the new Range Rover at Nevada's Automotive Test Center
for the ultimate challenge against an autonomous military machine - the
Terminator of all terrain vehicles; The TerraMax.
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2011 Saab 9-5 Aero Turbo6 XWD Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2011 Saab 9-5 Aero.
Released as a late 2010 model, the 2011 now boasts a panoramic glass roof
along with the great redesign. Overall makes the car have a much more
stately appearance and further set it in a more sport/luxury sedan class.
I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this
car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique
styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details
of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough
tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.
Saab 9-3 Vector 1.9 TiDS Steptronic Full Review,Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
The front-wheel-drive 9-3 does not feel state of the art from behind the
wheel. It was facelifted in 2007, but as the company points out the 9-3 has
a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, there really was no need to change
its underpinnings. However, although it is comfortable enough, there's no
disputing the fact that rivals offer great handling and better body
control. Mechanically though, there is a highlight -- the twin-turbo 1.9-litre TTiD. The smaller turbocharger minimises lag and provides great
throttle response, while the larger one helps it produce 400Nm and 178bhp.
It's smoother than the single-turbo
1.9-litre TiD, but can still get raucous when pushed hard. As with all
Saabs, the manual gearshift is rubbery, too. The four-cylinder petrol
alternatives are feeling their age now, but the 2.8-litre V6 turbo is an impressive performer.
The facelifted 9-3 is very much of the nip and tuck variety. The biggest
changes came at the front, with a distinctive eyebrow light across the top
of the main lamp. Elsewhere, there's a cleaner look, and the new
'ice-white' tail lamps are stylish. Offered in saloon and Sport Wagon
estate guises, the Saab offers a less expensive premium alternative to a
BMW 3-Series or Audi A3. A line-up of fleet-focused Airflow, Linear SE and
Vector Sport models are easy to follow, but while there's a large range of
engines, it's the TiD 120 and 150 units that sell most strongly.
A new interior in 2006 still didn't raise quality levels to the standards
of rivals, and while it did reduce the button-count, some of the switchgear
still appears dated. The soft seats offer excellent long-distance comfort
though, and ergonomically, the safe Saab is intuitive to use. Furthermore,
while rear legroom is not particularly generous, the saloon's boot is
decent and the Sport Wagon's cargo area is well thought out. Cleverly, the
middle section of the floor can be folded upwards and used to prevent
shopping bags from sliding around. Equipment levels also impress, and the
1.9-litre diesel variants prove economical -- more so than the slightly
thirsty petrol units. Where the Saab's sub-premium status shows is in
retained values, though. They're simply not as good as those of its German
competitors. 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 attitude.
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.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 generous.