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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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15 reader reviews for Saab 9-3 Hatchback.
  • 2.0T S 5dr

    christian baker Date: 09/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have a 2000 car that I have owned for 6 months. I have covered 4000 miles in it.

    The car has been totally reliable and extremely comfortable to drive. Saab seats are legendary and the cabin is a very pleasant place to be. The boot is huge and it turns into a great load carrier if needs be with a large boot opening and split folding seats.

    I have found the car handles very well with plenty of grip, though I have the less powerful Ecotech model so handling the power is less of an issue maybe than with other models.

    On the downside the servicing costs seem quite high (the big 66,000 mile service cost £850 at a main dealer though this did include a new undertray as a result of a wandering badger).

    The engine is not particularly torquey from low engine speeds, (typical turbo I guess) but once the power comes in is certainly not slow. For a model whose design goes back a long time it still feels and looks contemporary, and as a second-hand buy gives fantastic value for money.

  • 2.0i 3dr

    Steve Moran Date: 17/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    An excellent car to own and drive, the only problem I seem to suffer from and talking to dealer service crew, a known problem is front wheel bearings moving in the hubs when on full lock at low speed.

    It is possible to acheive 35+ mpg around town, a more likely figure is around 25mpg. Although, when on motorways 40+ mpg is easily achievable.

    I own the LPT version and, even though this is the lowest-powered variant, there is power to spare throughout the rev range.

    The only downside to the car, mine is a coupe, is the lack of rear window opening. Strange really as the convertible does have rear opening windows.

    This is my first Saab and I wish I had bought one earlier and would certainly buy another one.

  • 2.0t SE 5dr

    Steve Nichols , Norfolk . Date: 02/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned a Saab 9-3 2.0t SE 5dr for nearly three yaers. It was my third Saab, but probably my last.

    It isn't that its a bad car - far from it, but the heavy depreciation, high initial cost and a rubbish dealer have put me right off.

    The 9-3 is a beautiful car to drive on long distances. Virtually slient and with a great cabin. The seats are legendary! But take it on twisty A roads and you feel as though you are along for the ride. The ride is choppy with vague steering and too much roll.

    Build quality is superb with a stonking great boot... and that leads me to why I won't buy another.

    The 9-3 is no longer available as a hatchback. Why? Saab must have realised that more than 50% of 9-3 buyers bought the old car because of the boot.

    With saloons you suddenly have the choice of a 3-series BMW, Audi A4, Jaguar X-type in that price range - the list goes on.

    Back to the gripes. Depreciation is in free-fall - from £20,000 to approaching £7,000 in less than three years.

    The other problem is that other dealers don't particularly want them, so trade-in is very difficult, unless you are buying another Saab.

    My car's reliability has not been good - two sets of front wheel bearings, a new front strut and a gearbox rebuild in 25,000 miles.

    This was all under warranty so hasn't cost a penny, but I will not keep the car beyond three years.

    My dealer make Laurel and Hardy look serious, and the next nearest one is miles away.

    So sorry Saab, but it just d

  • 2.2 TiD S 3dr

    Michael Grantham , Herts . Date: 22/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned 3 Saabs. My 2.0 auto (non Turbo) was a lovely car but sluggish with air-con on (it was an automatic). My 2.0t convertible was VERY quick and very nice but lousy for boot space and rear legroom.

    My present car is the 2.2 TiD turbodiesel. It is very economical, returning about 43mpg on mixed driving, and is good to drive. It's surprisingly quick when pushed, even in 5th on the motorway. The engine is noisy at low speed, especially when cold, but you get used to it and you can forgive a lot for the economy.

    I have never had a problem with any, except the turbo diesel, which developed a few minor problems shortly after I bought it, which resolved themselves.

    Continental cars supplied the TiD under the approved used Saab scheme and were superb! A very good no pressure sales team and excellent after sales service.

    I will stick with Saabs. I think the chap who gave it a 1 star was very unlucky.

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