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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

    Neil O'Gorman Date: 30/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 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

    My car

    Sounds to good to be true, my car is two months old and has been back to the garage 10 times for major electrical faults.

    In my opinion, the great SAAB assist is not worth the paper it's written on.

    Neither Saab nor the dealership has offered me an adequate explanation as to why my new car has had catasrophic failures with the the engine mangement systems. Even when I picked up the car for the 9th time (more fool me!) it only lasted a few hours, despite having been in the garage for eight days.

    Tomorrow I will be demanding a full refund from Saab, something the dealer and Saab UK should have pre-empted about six weeks ago, given the track history of my particular car.

    If anybody would like know any further details, feel free to ask the angry bloke at your local Saab dealership!

  • 2.0T Aero 4dr

    Mark Anderson , Wirral . Date: 29/01/2005
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my second 9-3 Sport Saloon (having previously owned a 1.8t Vector). For me, the Aero offers much more pound-for-pound than its major rivals.

    It's extremely comfortable (I've not come across any other manufacturer with the same understanding of ergonomic design as Saab have!), fast and understated. Fuel economy isn't too bad either - in fact the Aero is proving more economical than the Vector.

    I can't say too much about the servicing costs yet, but my previous Saab was a bit above average in those respects. I've always found my local dealership to be friendly and helpful.

  • 2.0T Aero 4dr

    Julian Powell Date: 21/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Very smooth to drive with an excellent driver layout. Loads of gadgets and these do tend to go wrong, especially the electric windows and the dashboard-mounted 6-disc CD player tends to jump when cold.

    It does tend to use fuel like it's going out of fashion, especially around town. Unlike most cars I have driven, it as taken me over six weeks to feel safe behind the wheel and driving at speed on bendy roads.

    Once you have got over its light steering, it's a joy to drive. As a family car, it suits four of us very comfortably but would be uncomfortable with five.

    The boot has housed both our large suitcases and bags. It performs best from third gear up and the brakes are sharp and responsive.

    Although the standard seats are half leather/cloth, I would recommend the upgrade to full leather. The cloth tends to be light colours, which stain easily and is difficult to clean.

    The tyres at best will last about 12,000 miles and a service can set you back around £300 -£500.

    It doesn't like speed humps, pot holes and man hole covers.

    Overall I'm happy with this car.

  • 2.0T Aero 4dr

    Barry Stockton , Cheshire . Date: 17/01/2005
    • 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

    This is the first Saab I have owned, it is a 2003 03reg 9-3 Aero. I have now covered 38,000 miles and it has been a pleasure to drive and own.

    The cabin is outstanding, the performance is superb for a 4cyl 2.0-litre engine. Economy is around 30mpg on motorway, but drops to 25/26mpg around town.

    I have had no reason to return to my dealer other than for 2 service visits at 19,000 and again at 38,000. Costs were £180 at 18,000 and £231 at 38,000 miles.

    I had to replace my front set of Pirelli tyres at 17,000 miles with a pair Goodyear F1 GDS3. and have only 3.5mm left on them, so replacement will be coming up again soon.

    The rear Pirellis still have 5.5mm left. Handling is great, my only criticism is low-speed ride, which picks up bumps and potholes and can be uncomfortable.

    My wife's BMW 3-series rides like a Rolls Royce in comparison, however the Saab beats the BMW in every other department. In particular the clutch on the Saab is very light, whereas the BMW's is so heavy it gives me pain after only an hour's driving.

    What else can I say? It's a winner - well done Saab.

Saab 9-3 Saloon

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