This came in via email just this morning from Paul R and he’s OK with me posting it here for your consideration:
Love the site, even though I know less-than-nothing about Saabs. What are the primary differences between the 9-3 and 9-5? My wife’s interested in one, so I’m thinking about getting her one for Christmas. However, I can’t figure out this ostensibly simple question.
My initial response was “Welcome to the question that has hamstrung Saab for the last 5 years.”
We have a whole bunch of recent model 9-3 and 9-5 owners here on the site, so I’ll delay posting my answer in deference to those that own the cars.
Comments are open….
One quick qualification for Paul’s sake….
The Saab “9-3” name was first used in 1998. This vehicle was a 3-door or 5-door hatchback and was replaced by the Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan in late 2002 (as a 2003 model).
I think the assumption here is that we’re talking about the Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan vs the Saab 9-5.