What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Classic Saab with understated elegance

Against Not as desirable as German rivals

Verdict A viable alternative to a BMW or Audi

Go for… 2.0 t

Avoid… V6

Saab 9-3 Convertible
  • 1. With the roof up, you'll notice wind noise over 50mph, but it’s not excessive
  • 2. Room in the rear is acceptable, and luggage space is decent
  • 3. If you get blue or black smoke from the exhaust, there’s a good chance the turbo's failed
  • 4. The hood is generally reliable, but there was a recall related to it, so check the work has been done
  • 5. The turbo engines need a particular type of oil, so check it has always been used
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