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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.
  • 2.2TiD Linear 4dr

    A J Burnett , . Date: 13/09/2011
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42.8

    My car

    How good is this car? Permit me to tell you a story. On the afternoon of 6 December 2010, my Saab led a convoy of three vehicles (the two beind being a van and a 4x4) from one end of the M8 to the other in one of the worst snowstorms in this country's history. From Harthill to outer Edinburgh, a distance of about 15 miles, there was nothing but deep pristine snow ahead of us. The journey took 4.5 hours, made less arduous by the superbly comfortable seats, with lengthy delays caused by weaving around broken down and bogged down vehicles, including getting out to politely push hopelessly overwhelmed RWD German saloons and their befuddled drivers out of our path. During the previous winter this car coped admirably with extreme conditions in February, in the Scottish Borders and in the Cairngorms, and managed to make it along routes that I had hardly dared hope were possible. All thanks to a combination of 2nd-gear take-off, very low revs from the torquey and robust 2.2TID engine, and a Swedish-built car (on a platform co-designed by Saab and Opel, not merely the latter) that proves that this company still delivers on its tradition of ordinary roadgoing cars that exhibit ruggedness and tenacity, delivered in style. Oh, and I upgraded the car to 17in Vector alloys and put in improved speakers to make it just right. Yes, the plastic on some control knobs is weak, the amp is poor, a few rattles, but after four years of ownership and 140,000 miles (half by me) I am delighed.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 4dr

    Nigel Todd , West Yorkshire . Date: 21/02/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    I bought the car when it was just three years old and have been generally delighted at the performance and comfort. It had only done 21,000 miles and I have added around 10,000 in the last 18 months. I have had a problem with the gearbox which had to be replaced at around 26,000 miles but this was handled to my satisfaction by Saab and the extended warranty insurance. The fuel economy is excellent (even though my right foot is heavier than my wife would sometimes like)and the fact that much of my motoring is now short hops with only occasional longer trips to Scotland. A round trip of 550 miles is easily achieveable on one tank of diesel.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Linear SE 4dr

    Steve Clipperton , Norfolk . Date: 04/02/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      48.7

    My car

    After 10 momths and 35,000 miles the car is now nicely bedded in , everything works fine , and still on the original set of tyres so i'm not sure how some people are only getting 12,000 miles out of a set .

    The 18,000 mile interval between services is far better than the 10,000 miles on the Avensis......

    Cabin comfort is great and the seats are some of the best i've had. However rear leg room is a bit tight but as i don't often have rear passengers it's no real problem.

    Dash layout is great but i do miss the rain sensing wipers.

    Handling / ride is great , takes corners as if it's on rails even rough roads are handled with ease.

    Would i have another.... sure would , mind you after 4 years it will probably have 170,000 on the clock so i might just need to look at a something else .

  • 1.8i Vector 4dr

    colin wilkins , essex . Date: 04/02/2009
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    I bought car on looks mainly as i think it stands out withouth lookin "german" I commute 130 miles a day and as much as i would like the 2.0t or even 1.8t i did some checkin and along with the tdi i keept hearing the same storys of "limp home mode" or blown turbos! so went for 1.8i in vector trim, i know its only 122hp but is a very light engine,and pulls v well! also i get 40-44 mpg!!low insurance,and as its basicly a vaxhall engine cheaper parts. the trim and dash rattles are v anoying and on a "premium" car is not exceptable. not sure if i buy another one but having done 42000 miles in 18 months and nothing gone wrong its tempting if only for those wonderfull seats!!!

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