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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.
  • 2.2 TiD SE 5dr

    Neil Jenkins , Kent . Date: 12/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The hatchback attracted me to the 9-3 instead of the usual rivals. The huge boot and huge legroom in the front has made it perfect for everything from the weekly shop to Continental holidays.

    The seats are comfortable and the cabin is packed with kit - the addition of leather seats and climate control make you feel you are in a luxury car.

    The diesel has proven economical, but it will still keep up with the petrol version once you are on the motorway. The engine is noisy at low speeds, but that soon disappears past 1500rpm.

    There have been some problems with rattles from the air-con and the central locking has played up, but these have all been replaced under warranty.

    Saab City, the central London Frachised dealer is excellent and has been very helpful when dealing with the warranty work, as well as the annual service.

    Repair costs seem to be high and I am not looking forward to the warranty running out.

  • 2.0 Aero HOT 3dr

    Jeremy Smedley , Staffordshire . Date: 11/10/2004
    • Overall 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

    My car

    I purchased this car from new and ran it for two years.

    As it was soon to be replaced by the current 9-3 Sports Saloon, it was loaded with extras.

    Special leather, electric seats with memory, climate, cruise, etc, etc.

    The seats were the most supportive and comfortable I have ever sat in. Plenty of support and you could travel for hours and still not feel stiff. You can tell Saab spent a lot of time designing these and they look beautiful too.

    The performance was very impressive, 0-60mph in under 7sec. However, this was mainly due to the flimsy lightweight chassis which simply was not designed for this sort of power.

    Torque steer was a problem when accelerating on the straight and pulling out to overtake slower traffic was always a challenge.

    When you went over a certain speed on windy days the wind would actually break through the door seal!

    In the end it was the on start of rattles in the rear and the constant scuttle shake on our poor tarmac, which made me swap the car.

    It will always stay in my memory as probably the quickest car I will ever own and it will take a lot of car to beat the comfort of those seats.

    If it wasn't for the poor chassis I would probably still have it now.

  • 2.0t 5dr

    Paul Hill , Gloucestershire . Date: 09/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    If only the drive and owner costs were as good as the image.

    The steering goes light when accelerating. Gearbox has been very temperamental - problems with sticking selectors. The cabin is cramped - I can't even get a child comfortable behind a 6ft driver.

    The cabin plastic is of a very poor quality and has scratched easily. The seats are comfortable but have never stopped squeaking. The climate control is quirky - look for wet patches on passenger footwell carpet.

    The computer digital display packed up after 2 years or so.

    Front brake discs are £500 fitted by Saab dealers, and £200 by an independant garage. Master brake cylinders cost £432, a replacement air-con compressor £900. All this and more went wrong on my two-year-old 90,000-mile 9-3.

    Depreciation is horrendous. Saab garages offer poor part-exchange values. Saab UK have been unhelpful.

    I will NEVER buy another Saab.

Saab 9-3 Hatchback

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