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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.
  • 2.0T Aero 4dr

    George Cook , Essex . Date: 06/03/2005
    • 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

    The car has a firm ride but excellent road-holding abilities, I feel perfectly safe driving it. I've had one or two minor but annoying electrical problems but Saab usually resolves them fairly quickly. The most annoying feature is the electrical switches controlling the windows. A better design to stop them being accidentally activated would be good. Otherwise an excellent vehicle from a driver's point of view

  • 2.0T Aero 4dr

    Andrew Watling , Hampshire . Date: 03/03/2005
    • 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

    Performance is stunning for a four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine – it still brings a smile to my face when I get a chance to open the throttle (safely, of course).

    A family of four fits in easily and safety was important when making the choice. The car feels solid and sound. Climate control is good and all the controls are easy to use and feel of a reasonable quality. I went for an upgraded sound system as the entry-level was weak and lacked depth.

    Economy plummets when you push it, but if you can rein yourself in, mpg is OK. The ride is firm and at low speeds can be bumpy. I have a had a few niggly faults – in the old car, the steering column needed replacing after a couple of months and the computer display gave some odd readings when I changed fuel. In the new car, the petrol filler cap stuck shut, which caused the alarm to malfunction and the in-dash CD changer skips when cold, but these are irritating exceptions rather than serious annoyances. My local dealer has serviced both cars and hasalways been great to deal with.

    Overall I love the car; I like the fact that there are fewer on the road than German rivals (A4 & 3 series) and I think it looks better than both. The Espresso Black paintwork attracts a number of compliments and adds to that feeling of being an individual.

    Once a Saab driver, always a Saab driver? On current form, it'll take some beating. There is nothing out there in the 'small executive' market that would move me.

  • 2.0t Linear Sport 4dr

    Mark Odell , Northants . Date: 23/02/2005
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    As I had driven a BMW 3 Series for two years, I decided that I wanted something a little different.

    So instead of a Volvo, VW or Audi, I opted for the Saab, and unfortunately I am a little let down.

    The car is fast and in my opinion good looking, but the build quality is shocking. The car rattles and shakes and is not on par with the build quality of German vehicles. The suspension creaks and what with car currently needing a new wheel bearing, whines aswell too.

    The worst thing mind you, is the shocking standard stereo system. It is absolutely rubbish so upgrade if you're buying new.

  • 2.0t Vector 4dr

    Steve Large Date: 01/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 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

    The car is not of the best build quality (been back to dealership six times).

    Eats tyres like there is no tomorrow, 9000 miles two new front tyres. Good dealerships are few and wide apart.

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