Saab Classic 9-3
Model Years 1998 to 2002
The Saab 9-3 was launched in 1998 essentially as a rebadged Saab 900 (1994-1997 model). There was very little to tell them apart externally, except for a redesigned grille (more similar to the recently launched Saab 9-5) and the relocation of the third “high-level” brakelight from the boot ridge to the top of the rear screen. This made brakelight visibility easier to traffic behind, therefore safer.
Internally, the 9-3 acquired the innovative SAHR or Saab Active Head Restraint system – as introduced as an industry first on the Saab 9-5. Therefore, the design of the head restraints differs slightly from the Saab 900 (1994-1997 model).
It was under the body that the changes had been made on the 9-3. Over 1,100 changes including suspension in an attempt to tighten up the handling characteristics of its predecessor, the Saab 900 (1994-1997 model), for which these new General Motors influenced Saabs had been much maligned by the auto press.