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Overall reader 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

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134 reader reviews for Saab 9-3 Saloon.
  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 4dr

    Jay Norris , Ceredigion . Date: 17/11/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    I'm 21 and at university 250 miles from home. Despite being young I've already had a few cars, most of them with minor faults making them cheap cheap to buy and easily corrected by mechanic friends / family. Whilst most of my friends are scurrying about in their fiestas, c2s, corsas and so on, I looked to something a bit more comfortable, and remembering dad's various company cars over the years i looked at mercedes, saab, volvo and bmw. I ruled out mercedes because i don't like the handbrake they have, bmw are terrible on ice and the v40 1.9 is the renault unit, which i am most certainly not a fan of. Saab it was then. I began looking round and was surprised at how cheap they were, and knowing that anything less than 150,000 on the 1.9 unit would be good that became my upper limit. I dropped on my saab at an auction and won it for only £620. £30 of fees added and 155,000 on an auto vector sport i was incredibly happy. Sure it's a bit beaten up, but it is mechanically superb! (just exteior scuffs and scratches).

    I've been running it for a month now, and i still can't believe the power it has, the comfort or the mpg! As i say, it's auto and i'm averaging 48mpg on welsh roads, which I'm very happy with. It's easily a more logical car to buy than what most people my age have, and insurance isn't even excessive (450 / year. fully comp). The scratches don't bother me as a kayak and it's probably going to have more by the time i've finished with it. Biggest problem: dad wants i

  • 2.2TiD Vector 4dr

    John Bould , West Yorkshire . Date: 27/10/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42.8

    My car

    I bought this car as i needed something a little more economical than my Previous VXR. I read many reviews both good and bad but money for a new car was in short supply. The car is ten years old, the older generation 2.2 diesel with 80,000 miles on the clock. Now for me i came to this car open minded, i have gone from a 280bhp 2.8 V6 dual stage turbo to a 125bhp oil burner so performance wise it is nowhere near but i was nicely surprised on how well it does pull when its needed. The handling is fine and suits the car really, the car is not built to be a racer but is good enough for everyday driving.

    The seats are the most comfy standard seats i have sat in and are near to giving the Recaro's in the VXR a run for their money! I have no squeaks rattles or anything of note inside the cabin, it is a little low on spec but that is because of its age i suppose.

    I have had a couple of faults though, firstly the EGR valve packed in, limp mode and engine management light as soon as the engine became fully warm. This was quickly fixed by the garage at no cost as the car had 3 months warranty. Secondly after having the EGR valve done the intercooler packed in, this apparently is common. I found my MPG down from 44 to 28 and loads of black soot coming out of the back end. Again garage fixed with no charge.

    Other than that its fine, small miss fire when accelerating from 50 to 70 was cured by some good engine cleaner and has run as sweet as since.

    Good car for ten yea

  • 1.8t Linear 4dr

    Simon Cooksey , West Yorks . Date: 17/02/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    I have a Jag XJR which is a bit leggy and used on fine days only, recently lost my job and my company car was a merc c220 which I utterly detested, noisy, souless, anodyne, dull, junk.....I think it is the only vehicle I have ever shut the door on and wanted to kick it....However..this is probably because it just did what it said on the (very expensive) tin..OK to the Saab, I bought this as my fuel bills up and down the M1 to London from Leeds were getting rather excessive once I lost my job and the free Merc...So I decided to buy a runabout and the Saab it is......two and a half grand on an 06 plate with starship mileage (140K) and I love it to bloody bits...It's a 1.9 TiD basic poverty spec but blimey its good on fuel, beats the Merc hands down, comfy, the ride is brilliant, cornering erm who cares I am on a mnotorway and comfy, great radio and the buttons are great! What other car has "Customise" written on a button? What does it do? Dunno! looks good and for the money is half the price of the German offerings with the added cahet of that people think you are sensible, so I drive the Saab to work and go mental in my V8 Supercharged Jag....best of all worlds...

    Buy one, they are great, get the cam belt done at regular intervals though (Fiat Engine)

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 4dr

    James Wellings , gloucestershire . Date: 15/05/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      22000

    My car

    What does this car say about you? I dont really know or care i know it supposed to be a thinking mans car and i thought long and hard about buying it and dont regret it one bit! What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car? All like it thinks it posh with met back paint and cream leather. looks like its worth alot more that it is. Definatly the best car ive owned to date and ive had alot, BMWs, Mercs, Volvos, Vauxhalls, Fords ,Mazdas and it beats the all hands down. Would you buy this car again and why? I they were still making them i would love a new shape 9-5 i will see how we get on over the next few years together before i make that dession. What's it like to drive? brilliant corners like its on rails, No really its great ive even tryed to unstick it and she just carried on. Its very comfortable which is a prob on the Mway as you can find your speed creaping up without you realizing. The only problem with the car i the slight Turbo lag if you feather the throtel between changes its hardley noticable. Mines got 150ps so she will pick up her skirt and run when asked and has all the power you really need on the roads these days, that being said im having it remapped soon to 207ps it doesnt really need it but i want to see if it will sort out the Turbo lag and give me alittle more MPG. Favourite gadget, option or accessory? Probabley the see you home light option. There is a button on the key remote with a line on it press this and the front drls ligh

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