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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.
  • 1.9 TiD Vector 2dr

    DAVE TURNER , NORTH YORKSHIRE . Date: 15/02/2013
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      44.8

    My car

    I have had convertible cars in the past, a beautiful Mazda MX5 and an even more desirable Alfa Romeo, however for sheer stateliness my 93 Vector beats the other two hands down. I use it daily for my long commute of 47 miles averaging 45mpg which for a car this size if good if not outstanding compared to more up to date engines of BMW Audi and Merc's The roof mechanism is fabulous, very dramatic but cool, and the snug feeling with the roof down in the depths of winter is lovely I live in the Yorkshire Dales and driving on the B roads is a real treat, the handling majestic if not overtly sporting, a real GT car I plan to take the ferry to the Netherlands in Spring and look forward to driving on good surfaced roads, my 19" wheels are not well suited to Leeds potholes! The heated cream leather seats are sumptuous and very comfortable, but the cheap plastic on the dash is less attractive I am aware this car is based on the lowly Opel but SAABified to make the car more desirable, the unpretentious exterior raises admiring looks and I feel much more at home in this than my previous BMW 3 series I recommend the diesel engine, a mechanic friend told me is originally a FIAT GM collaboration, well it's great! I had I think the same engine in my Alfa 147 without the turbo?

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 2dr

    noel harris Date: 02/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    During the last 18 years I have had audi, vw, ford, honda, renault, peugot, bmw and ford cars. In 2005 I switched to my first saab and in 2007 took my first step into the convertible world. The time since then has been my most enjoyable period of driving. The seats are the most comfy in any car I have been in, the dash layout relaxing, and the drive is lovely. This is an open top tourer, not a pocket rocket, and it drives like a grand tourer. I always feel like a millionaire driving this car. Watching the rood go up or down still makes me feel like a boy with a new toy, and thrills anyone who watches it from across the whole age spectrum. It feels safe, solid and I have never had a car that draws so many genuinely good comments. It is totally my dream car, classy, not vulgar and above all a peaceful statement of true style in a world of very brash looking german cars. The mpg of the diesel engine is great on motorways at 48mpg but around town it drops to 29mpg which is not what they say in the books. But i can forgive one slight imperfection in such a wonderful car that makes me feel good every time i drive it.

  • 2.8 V6 Aero 2dr

    Mark Adams Date: 18/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    I have owned my 9-3 Aero V6 Convertible since new in March 2007. I previously owned a 9-3 2.0T Convertible.

    I have had no problems at all with the car, it is a dream to drive, ample power and a real eye catcher with it's black paint and cream leather interior. Am still on my original set of tyres with plenty of tread left. My previous SAAB used to eat tyres for breakfast.

    It's not the cheapest car to run, but if you want economy you don't buy a car like this.

    The residual value of the V6 is poor considering I paid over 30K new and it's about £16K on a current part-x value. Added to that the rip-off car tax bracket for next year!!!

    Summing up, if you looking for an individual great looking car, with plenty of power and are not too concerned with the slightly higher running costs then this is a fantastic buy...

  • 1.9 TiD Vector 2dr

    keith mellish , hertfordshire . Date: 06/09/2008
    • 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

    My 2006 black with creme leather interior SAAB 93 covertible looks the business and people often comment how nice it looks. I have had it from new and had two years trouble free motoring with it so far (touch wood!!). I chose a manual box for added fuel economy, but that turned out to be a mistake. The gear shift is notchy (my watch clinks, evertime I change from 1st to 2nd). I complained to SAAB, they recognised the fault, and changed the oil in the gearbox....alas no difference. Other little gripes with the car include...the position of the light in the boot (bottom left), as soon as you put something in the boot it is pitched into darkness...very annoying during the winter. I always struggle to plug the seatbelt in due to the position of the centre console box and the very low setting of the plug. Quality of stereo sound is poor, my previous car was a BMW 5 series so it's a hard act to follow !!!. On the plus side, i am always amazed by the quality of the roof to keep the rain out (and my word!!..we have had some rain since I bought the car...perhaps we only notice it more with a convertible ?!!). The mid range power is very responsive, and on the few summer day's we have had its been a delight to drive. Overall excellent economy (44mpg), reasonably comfortable and desirable looking car.

Saab 9-3 Convertible

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