I've had the Saab since Feb 07 and average 20,000 miles a year. It was 11 months old when I bought it from a Saab main dealer. I'm surprised by the reviews here. No faults 30,000 miles later. Average 33mpg. ( 300 miles motorway at 85mph to 80 miles local driving in between refills. ) If I stick to 70mph I get 37mpg ( measured - not the optomistic trip meter ). Good points are the cheap servicing and good looks of the car. Bad ponits are limited to the poor handling. I would like it to be faster , but it can barely handle 210bhp. I fly long haul aircraft into Heathrow and then drive 2 hours back to Shropshire and this car is as good on the motorway as the Jag S type I had before. The only fault I've found that I was unaware of when buying the car is that the ipod connector in the centre is a bit hit and miss in terms of quality of sound. I would certainly buy another at the right price.
I must say that I am dismayed when I read other people's reviews of the Saab Convertible! I bought a 11 month old, 11000 mile TiD Auto for my wife 12 months ago and we both rate it really highly. It has to be one of the most comfortable & responsive cars that we have ever driven. Sure, some of the interior plastics may not be up to Audi standard and it really ought to come with parking sensors, headlight washers, bluetooth etc as standard for the price but in terms of feel-good factor, general quality and so far reliability it really is as good as it gets. Roof up or down - every time we drive it we feel good - and we've had Audis, Mercs, BMWs, Alfas etc that haven't done that. And lastly - 55MPG on a 75mph cruise over 140 miles - from a quick auto...........beat that!
I have always driven a SAAB convertable but never been in a position to afford a new one until last year, I thought I hade done my homework looked up all the pro's and con's and test drove a petrol & diesal models before buying. I left the showroom convinced, or being convinced I had made the right choice, diesal/ leather interior etc being told that I should expext a much better performance with the diesal to my old petrol convertable that I was only getting 33mpg out of. Well 1 year on and I must say I love driving the car and it is comfortable, but thats about it! I have had an oil leak after 6 months, the car keeps stalling but the garage cannot find any fault with it and on a good day I can mangage to get 32.8mpg. So its time to chop it in and say good bye to a once loyal SAAB driver..........
I have owned my Saab 9-3 convertible (1.9 tid) for just over a year. Having read previous owner reviews of this car I feel that I must relate my experiences.
I have had no problems whatsoever with this car, it is pleasant to drive, economical with excellent performance. However I do have a couple of criticisms!The gearbox could be better it does tend to be 'notchy' especially when changing from 1st to second gear. The dealers are very helpful but the cost of servicing is far too high!
Summing up I would probably have another one but would also try the Audi convertible before deciding. At least a Saab has some individuality!!!
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!