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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 Vector 2dr

    Kevin Bolton , South Yorkshire . Date: 09/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've read the reviews on these pages and common faults are apparent. I've owned my Saab for 9 months, never again. To summarise my thoughts and troubles: Appalling suspension with terrible creaks & groans. This is embarrassing, especially with the roof down. Terrible fuel consumption, struggle to get above 23 mpg. Very notchy gearbox, poor ratio's aligned to an underpowered engine and as per previous reader comment 5th gear a waste of time. Traction control - what traction control! Tyres wera unevenly and told by SAAB to switch them around regularly as this is a common fault!!!! Poor quality stereo which you need to drown out the rattles. Customer service - SHOCKING - numerous problem, particularly with suspension, they didn't want to know stating it was fine and if I wasn't happy I should pay for a second oppinion. I don't need a second oppinion, SAAB are hopeless and I won't be buying one again or indeed any other car from General Motors.

  • 1.9 TiD Linear 2dr

    David Smith Date: 09/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A No-Star Car. The car, the dealer, and especially Saab themselves get no stars at all. Problems from the start: a side light stopped working, an airbag warning light came on, the stereo went dead, the electric windows wouldn't close with one touch on the switch, left the car for 4 days and then it wouldn't start. The dealer couldn't find any fault.

    This car is clearly defective. The response? They said that no faults were recorded in the computer management system, so he couldn't find anything to fix. Saab said they "Beleived the service agent 100%". So, here's the deal with Saab:

    - The manufacture of the car is defective and sub-standard; - The engine management system (conveniently) doesn't record the faults; - So Saab say there are no faults; - Therefore, the customer is a fantasist, or a liar, or just plain stupid for spending £26K on a Saab in the first place; - Whatever; you chose it, so just take it away, put up with it, and shut up.

    Oh, and their advice when we said that we didn't want to find it wouldn't start when we are on the other side of the country, late in the evening, and about to try and get home? "Well there's always the AA".

    We've rejected the car, and are getting an Audi A4 Cabriolet instead.

  • 1.8t Vector 2dr

    Robert Ayley , Kent . Date: 07/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I took delivery of my 1.8t Vector in May 2007 and enjoyed what little summer we had with the roof down.

    The roof system is as good as it gets for a rag-top. Now winter is here and the roof is up, I am left with a noisy, heavy, underpowered coupe and have begun to notice the cheap interior e.g. very noisy, cheap-sounding central locking – not good enough for a premium brand.

    Other corners have been cut, the most annoying of which is the gearbox. The 1.8t is the only model with five rather than six speeds; the ratios of which are very wide as a result.

    The gear change is very heavy and the final drive is way too high for the 150hp engine - fifth would deliver 200mph at the red line! In reality, fourth gear is an overdrive in which top speed cannot be achieved and fifth is 'ultra' overdrive.

    When not on the motorway you are stuck with a four-speeder that cannot overtake anything safely without selecting second and screaming the car to the red line.

    The traction control is never needed other than in first gear but it seems not to come into effect until 20mph, resulting in 'tramp' out of right hand turns.

    The suspension and tyre choice deliver a harsh ride with not a lot of grip and add to the road noise.

    Finally, because the car is desparately underpowered, fuel consumption is normally in the mid-twenties.

    Overall, it's a good cabriolet but a very disappointing car in most other respects. The 2.0t or TDi (both with more torque and an extra ratio) w

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 2dr

    Greg Quinn Date: 15/11/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Took delivery 13 days ago and have clocked up 2800 miles already! (company car).

    Delivered direct from Saab in perfect order, everything works...well...and new look being admired by all on M25/6/1/etc!

    Great compromise between practicality, low tax, easy commutes and fun. Heated seats mean top down +++, and extras of Xenons/Sat Nav good news.

    Averaging 45mpg, though I am still being kind to it & 18" wheels great for everyday use (hear that BMW/Merc owners?).

    Only drawback is slighlty low rent plastics inside.

    5/5 in terms of expectations being met.

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