I have just gone over to an x reg Saab 9-3, and I really love driving it. The acceleration in phenomenal-pins me to my seat everytime . The bad side is the temptation to drive very fast is almost overwhelming. After a few years of gorgeous old Betty the 5 series BMW and her slow but steady climb and brute force, this car feels light and beautifully dexterous. If you need to move to get yourself out of trouble the power is there and more than willing to be used, if you want to sit at 70 the cruise control takes over and you are free to concentrate on the road. The sound system is integrated and powerful, more than capable of handling the bass abuse that I give it most days and the boot size is fecking massive. I may not have the love for this car that I have for dear old Betty, but I enjoy it on a mechanical level; it is really well made - the doors clunk in a lovely way, the dash curves beautifully, the seats are soft leather - I could go on The ride is better than an Audi but not as good as a BMW, but its not a bad looking car, and if you get the Aero you get 255BHP and a sore neck from it being snapped back as you steam onto the motorway in 3rd apparently faster than some Porsche's. I do think however it is a girls car, which is fine, as I am a girl, and my 'not interested in cars at all' husband prefers the BMW, mainly because it is more manly. But if you have kids as I do, the seats are wipe clean!! Nuff said.
I bought this car in July 2005 with 86000 miles on the clock and can honestly say it is the best car I have owned so far. My previous car was a Passat TDI 110 which I thought was good,- until I got the 9-3. The build quality is excellent with no rattles or squeaks even though the speedo now reads 128000. I have had the odd problem with the car, O/S/F spring broke (replaced all 4 with Eibach Pro Kit-which transforms the handling) also replaced the rear anti roll bar with an uprated one. Intercooler pipe split which wasn't cheap at £107 just for the part but easy to fit. Eats front tyres if you happen to fit the wrong brand, (I find that Michelins wear best, (a set of Dunlops only lasted 9000 miles, Michelins are just coming up for 18000 miles and still have 3 or 4 mm left on them). Seats are fantastic-really supportive, no back ache after a long journey. Fuel consumption isn't bad considering the weight of the car and my right foot, averages about 38-40 mpg. Engine is responsive, mid range torque is impressive, good for overtaking. General servicing costs are reasonable if you shop around and the car is very easy to maintain for the DIY mechanic. I would definitely recommend this car to anyone considering buying one, general servicing costs are reasonable if you shop around and don't be frightened off by high mileage, I know of one person who has one with over 250000 miles on the clock - and still going strong.
This was my first proper car, i bought this after several years of driving older vehicles since passing my test a while back. Wasn't originally looking for a Saab at all, after seeing one on a showroom forcourt we had a look at, after discovering the massive amounts of space and comfort decided to take it for a test drive. Only complaints about it are that it does suffer from severe torque steer under hard acceleration. My air conditioning doesn't seem to cool much although i am suspicious of the cabin filter. Power steering whirrs when turning although that may be due to a few air bubbles after the fluid was low. I have had a rattle from the rear brake since a pad change, however replacement of the pad retainer plate helped. Economy is far better than i have been told it would be, 2.0t 154bhp engine gives me easily 32mpg on the short trip to work and i have has over 43mpg on the motorway. in traffic the economy can suffer but never dropped below 28mpg (a long way from the 20.1 the manual promises!) Although some parts are expensive searching around will yeild good prices, a couple of online saab specialists offer very good prices and many aftermarket parts to allow fitment of any saab optional extras not on your vehicle. Build quality is far superior to any other vehicle i have driven including a 06 plate vauxhall zafira and a 55 plate VW Touran TDi 150. Absolutely love this car and i can see i will be keeping it for some time.
What a car! My wife insisted on us buying the car to my disgust. I had ideas above my station. I picked it up tonight, and what a car!
It's got comfort, performance and affordability. My mates have suggested that it's an old person's car - what do they know, as I go motering past their Audis and BMWs?
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