What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For The 9-3 has understated elegance, turbocharged performance and decent practicality

Against It looks much better than it drives, and can consume tyres rapidly

Verdict Still looks classy, but needs regular maintenance

Go for… 2.0t 185 SE

Avoid… Diesels and autos

Saab 9-3 Convertible
  • 1. Turbos need the right oil to run at their best. Sludgy oil can indicate engine problems
  • 2. Timing chains have a habit of rattling and can eventually fail, so ensure they are checked
  • 3. If the car’s handling is particularly sloppy, the suspension bushes may need replacing
  • 4. The convertible can take four adults and has a decent boot
  • 5. Rev the engine when the car's stationary - if you get blue smoke from a hot exhaust, the car probably needs a new turbo
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