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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 4dr

    james day , uk . Date: 18/04/2005
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    What a great car. I have pushed this car to the limit in Germany, and I can tell you this is one great car. I have covered 5000 miles from new, without any problems. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants quality, safety and class, all in one very underrated car.

    This car is as good as any 3 Series or C-Class Mercedes, and you will save yourself a big heap of cash. Go and have a test drive, you will be amazed. The new 150bhp diesel engine has real pulling power.

    I just love this car.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 4dr

    Rich Nichol Date: 16/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The 1.9 TDI engine is exceptional. It can do 135mph, has super acceleration and uses hardly any fuel. The sport suspension is first class and it is the best car I have bought. I would also recommend getting the sport pack (reversing beeper etc).

  • 1.8t Vector 4dr

    Paul Charlesworth Date: 18/03/2005
    • 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

    While the car is very lively during acceleration, it lets itself down mainly when cornering - the car feels twitchy and unstable.

    Due to the weight of the car, the engine consumes a considerable amount of fuel, rarely returning more than 350 miles for a full tank.

    This is my second Saab and, although I like the car, I shall be changing to a different manufacturer when I swap, due to the loss in value that I am facing.

  • 2.0T Aero 4dr

    Paul Sutton , Cheshire . Date: 09/03/2005
    • 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

    Bought a 53 plate Aero last week having had a Volvo for 6 years. Love it. Yes it's bumpy at low speeds on poor roads but the cabin is comfy and very well laid out. Driving position is good and the engine excellent, especially from second upwards.

    Cruising and country roads are good fun, and personally I think the handling allows you to go to as quick as you like - flat in corners and loads of grip. Steering is light but managable.

    Can't comment on the running costs or reliability yet although clearly others have mixed experiences. All I can say is that the service record indicates no major issues over its first 12 months or so.

    Compared with its rivals it seems to be better looking than an A4 and better value/power for money. New 3 Series looks great but it's a BMW, and it costs much more.

    Having let somebody else take the hit on the first year depreciation, I'm delighted with a car that's quick, comfortable, well equipped and a bit different.

    For me it more than holds its own in this class.

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