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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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27 reader reviews for Saab 9-3 Convertible.
  • 1.8t Linear 2dr

    R Williams , Cheshire . Date: 16/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had a new Saab 9-3 1.8t convertible for four weeks, and I just want to warn other potential buyers about the problems with my new car.

    It may well be a rogue car (I certainly hope so for Saab's sake). Thus far I have encountered the following problems.

    1. The wheels were misaligned on delivery. The car pulls to the left when braking. I took it into Saab (not the dealer who supplied it) who said this wasn't covered by the warranty. Amazing for a four-week-old car. Eventually, they agreed to get the tracking done at Saab's cost. They did, but it isn't fixed.

    2. The rear seats were stained with oil on delivery.

    3. I closed the boot and the lock fell apart and disintegrated into the luggage compartment spewing springs and screws everywhere and into the boot cavity.

    4. Having fixed these faults, the fan has now packed in and doesn't work at all (another trip to the garage).

    Having previously owned an Audi, I was used to reliability. My impressions of Saab are very poor so far. The car would be good if it wasn't for these faults, but it is such a pain having to keep going back to the garage to fix it.

    My experience has put me right off Saabs. Thankfully, it is on lease and I have only got it for two years. Who knows what will go wrong next.

  • 1.8t Vector 2dr

    Mark Fincham , Essex . Date: 07/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having driven this and its competition, I consider this car to be good value for money and a credible alternative to the stigma of owning a BMW (which, although a great car, is a little like owning a Burberry cap in this part of the world).

    Saabs exude quality without pretence and deserve far higher residuals and more respect. I agree that the trim could be better quality and the trend for metal-look embelishments is a little gawdy, I believe started in the German brands.

    Saftey has always been a Saab strong point and this car is no exception. In my opinion, an Audi or a Saab is the only question when looking in this sector. BMW and Mercedes, while admirable products, have become victims of their own success and I think BMW has just got too big for its boots and too common to be desirable or classy.

    The Saab is comfortable, competent and you won't have a heart attack when you go in for a service. While you wait for your car you are more likley to be reading the Independent not the Sun!

  • 1.8t Vector 2dr

    John Simmons , Lancashire . Date: 05/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Sporty, sexy, chic on the one hand and cheap to run, practical and safe on the other.

    I have owned no other car that combines such values as comfortably as my Saab. 'Daddy take the roof down' is the most used phrase in our household since we got it and I have to confess that I'm almost as excited as Hannah (5) is at the prospect. My 1.8T Vector is a delight to drive and own and makes me feel 10 years younger after a lifetime of repmobiles.

    HOORAY for SAAB and SUMMER!

  • 2.0T Aero 6sp 2dr

    Robert Bates Date: 28/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Where to start? Covering 30,000-40,000 a year, I have now owned two new model 93 Aero convertibles and I have to say they are consistent in both the good and not so good areas. That said, it is mostly good.

    OK, so looks are objective but I and most agree it is a stunning-looking car. The finish and quality of the body itself is very very good. The powertrain is excellent. It is very reliable with good punchy mid-range torque that makes overtaking a doddle and leaves others a bit startled with the ferocity with which it is capable of accelerating in a right gear.

    The handling is excellent and any further ability would be academic unless you want to take it on a track day!

    So who the hell made the interior plastics and that hood/wiper combination? The plastics are ill-fitting and bendy.

    The hood? Well, yes it's a very clever design and it goes up and down very quickly. But the wind noise! The seals between the side windows emits a constant low whistle above 50 and in certain conditions the wipers make a huge whooshing noise and the disturbed airflow make the hood act like a giant pair of bellows!

    Interestingly, with the hood down, the wipers still make a huge whooshing sound at anything above 60mph. This really is a pity because it spoils an otherwise very good car.

    Apparently this is a charcteristic. Great, but it's one I could well do without.

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