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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.
  • 1.8t Linear 4dr

    Jerome O'Mahony , Cork . Date: 02/02/2009
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    After reading some of the reviews on other similar 93 models, I am now fearful of replacing my current 1.8t which has done 70,000 miles on Irish roads. I have had the car since December 2002. At 4 years old and beyond, wecars undergo a National Car Test(NCT). For the first one, all I had to do was buy three new tyres and give it a wash. For the second, I bought four new tyres and gave it a wash.

    The reliability has been uncanny, all I do is put in petrol and have it serviced at the correfct interval, or once a year, whichever is first. Given the age, I no longer feel bound to take it to a SAAB dealership and have a local mechanic do the work instead.

    I have been known to drive quickly, and I am impressed with the car's acceleration, braking and general handling. The 150 BHP model may not be as fast as some expect, but you have to bear in mind power to weight ratios.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 4dr

    Imran Qamar Date: 02/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    I wanted a Saab 93 for a few years now but they were a little out of my budget, however, when they came down in price i brought one in August 2008 in Metallic Black just the one i wanted. I have to say it was really disappointing and my previous Mazda 6 (2.0 TD) was far supreior in very aspect.

    I have to give it to the Saab for its looks but for me it ends there as the ride qulality is terrible and you feel every tiny bump in the road. Although the interior looks pleasing it is real poor quality as the rubber bits start peeling off for no reason. Poor fuel consumption is also an issue as i was only getting 350 miles from a full tank.

    I sold this car and i can honestly say that i wont buy a SAAB again!!

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 4dr

    Steven Kinnear Date: 25/01/2009
    • 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
      50

    My car

    I got the Hirsch performance upgrade which I highly recommend. Increases this car's output to 175 bhp and 370 Nm. Makes it even more driveable. Great for overtaking on B-roads. Very comfortable car - everyone who travels in it comments on the really comfortable seats. I now have just over 58000 miles on the clock. I've had relatively trouble free motoring. Any issues have been efficiently dealt with by Ivan Wilson Saab in Coleraine. The car hits 60 mpg on motorway cruises and b-road cruises. Still returns mid 40's when the Hirsch effect is called into action. I like the intuitive dash layout, everything is easy to see and easy to reach. Good spec on the Vector Sport trim. I would avoid the lower trim-levels.

  • 2.8T V6 Aero 4dr

    Chris Hughes Date: 09/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Just over a months ownership and so far all is good.

    I came from an '03 2.2 Vectra and I am a little surprised that this 'top of the range' SAAB Aero Sport isn't as well equipped as my base model Vauxhall.It has no auto dimming mirror,no rain sensitive wipers and no 'one-touch' close on the windows.However when I hear that glorious V6 kick in I can forgive it.

    I went for the auto and the engine/gearbox combination is superb.This thing pulls really well,but with 250 BHP it ought to.The downside of course is the sub-20 mpg fuel consumption if you use the power.I have yet to try it on a long run but I don't expect to see much over 25 mpg.

    Handling is very good,however the ride can be a little 'bumpy' on poor roads due to the sports suspension.The seats are the best I have ever sat in,giving good support whilst being very comfortable.

    Overall I am very pleased with it.The best points are the engine and looks,the only niggles being the equipment levels.

    Time will tell with the reliability side of things,but with 15 months of manufacturers warranty left,hopefully any problems will be sorted by my dealer.Fingers crossed!

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