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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

    Jeff Batten Date: 08/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      39

    My car

    Have owned the 150bhp TDI Vector for just over 3 years from new.

    First impressions are that the car looks great and the half leather seats and neat cabin are inviting. The performance for a diesel is pretty good and handling is OK, if not as great as some cars I've driven, but OK for a familay saloon.

    Owning the Saab has been an interesting experience, all I can say is, fortunately I've owned it from new and it comes with a 3 year warranty. The car itself has suffered from 8 separate breakdowns and failures all with unrelated components in its three years. I would like to say its probably a friday afternoon car but one of the failures was to a part that had recently been replaced which doesn't say much for Saab reliability. Watch out for the EGR valve failures which are recurrent and result in a trip to the dealer and a £350 bill each time.

    Also expect to call out the AA at least twice a year and get used to driving the vehicle in limp home mode its an interesting, if not life threatening experience pulling out on a busy roudabout without the Turbo.

    I wouldn't buy another Saab from this ecperience irrespective of the inviting styling and performance. I have had more failures and cold roadside phoning than in 20 years motoring.

    Good luck if you buy one of these.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 4dr

    Martin Armour , West Yorkshire . Date: 26/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my Saab 93 Vector Sport (150) for 2 years after years of wanting to own one now and what a disapointment. Comfortable - very, quick - extremely, handling - excellent. Reliability - rediculous. apart from the many annoying rattles, the rubbery finish on the dash board that comes off as soon as you look at it and the easily sctrached plastic. First breakdown (250 miles from home) swirl actuator switch has packed in at around 70K cost - £1000.00. Todays breakdown, leaving me stranded on the M1 - Partical filter in the exhaust, self cleaning but blocked!!?? cost to fix - £1500.00. What next? Depreciation on these cars is also terrible. Thinking of buying your dream Saab? Stay well clear.

  • 1.9TTiD 180 Aero 4dr

    James Montgomery , Essex . Date: 28/10/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    I have only owned this car for 3 weeks now, but I am extremely impressed with it. I sold my 2 year-old Mazda RX-8 since the running costs were becoming prohibitive and replaced it with the 1.9 Aero TTiD. So far, the running costs are impressive. At present it has just short of 2000 miles on the clock, but the rate at which I'm replacing diesel would suggest around 45-50 mpg combined and on the motorway up to 55-60.

    I received a cracking deal on the car from Quest in Maldon, who were very helpful and I had a whole load of extras - including the 5 spoke "V" alloys which look the business! Also the auto wipers, which I was sceptical about at first but can't do without now, electronic-memory seats and some other bits.

    There's talk of poor handling - rubbish! Though the car doesn't handle like the RX-8, it is very sharp through corners with only a hint of over-steer when you're pushing the limit.

    This is a real alternative to the hyped-up german brigade with a lot more value-for-money.

  • 2.0T Aero 4dr

    John Wadsworth , South Yorkshire . Date: 04/10/2008
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      33

    My car

    I first bought a Saab 4 years ago at one year old with 6,000 miles on the clock. I bought for similar reasons to most other reviews, it had bettter performance and equipment than any comparable priced BMW or Audi. In the 4 years that I had it the only thing that ever went wrong was that the reversing sensors packed in about 3 months after I bought it. Other costs were new brake pads all round at 50,000 and new rear discs which I feel is reasonable. I've used two different dealers for servicing and I have no real complaints

    The interior and build quality might not be BMW/Audi standard but once the turbo kicks in I can forgive it anything. My son who has a BMW stripe running through him was absolutely bowled over by it. My sportscar owning wife loved it too.

    So 60,000 miles later I traded it in and bought - you've guessed it - another, a year old model. This is where reality kicks in, depreciation is heavy and trade in values are not good.

    I'm mystified by some of the negative reviews about handling, the Aero sits on the road like a limpet and you have to be going at stupid speed to make it come unstuck on corners.

    After a week of ownership of my latest version the SID disappeared and had to be replaced by a new unit - I hope this is not a portent of things to come. This model has even more bells and whistles than the previous one including rain sensing wipers and cd autochanger. Can you imagine BMW prices for those?

    I sold it a month ago a

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