1999 SAAB 9-3 2.0 turbo 4 from North America
An overrated car, only appreciated by people who've never driven other cars
Heater control, power antenna, windshield trim, stripped bolt oil drain plug, radio tuning (AM) and 2 recalls.
Worst torque steer on earth; the car wanted to change lanes on heavy throttle.
Worst manual shifter since the 70's; vague and clunky.
Poor stereo sound.
A/C barely could cope with a Western New York summer.
Peaky engine (I don't care what the sales literature says) that made using the transmission necessary - a real chore when the tranny feels like this one.
All controls rubbery, slippery and hard to activate.
Claustrophobic and very narrow cabin.
Poor snow traction even with 4 Michelin Alpins.
Great high speed steady speed cruising capability.
Good gas mileage (30 MPG @ 70 mph).
Large and usable trunk with the hatchback.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th July, 2003
10th Nov 2003, 20:29
"Worst torque steer on earth: car wanted to change lanes on heavy throttle".
I found this to be the case with mine also. It feels like this car wants to chase every crack and slope of the road. I purchased the new 9-3 after owning a 1985 turbo. The old 85 is getting tired at 192k, but still feels better on the road than the 9-3. I hate to admit it, but the 9-3 isn't all that great.