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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 Linear Sport 4dr

    Andrew James , Essex . Date: 28/09/2008
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    Just an up-date on the review I wrote last year. The car's gone now, bought by my Brother-in-Law with 33K on the clock and 3 years old. The good bit remained the engine, pulling strongly once it was in the rev band and still returning 47 mpg in a mix of communting and some longer distance travel. Reliability was also good. The only actual failure was the outside air-vent that closes when the windscreen washer is operated. It started to make all sorts of noises but was firstly replaced, and was then the subject of a recall to fit an improved part. On the down side the paintwork was not really what I'd expect on a car with the Saab's prices. It could be that I just should have choosen a different colour than metalic black, but it marked so easily. Around the rear door which I put my jacket in after work there were lots of light scratches - I presume where buttons had brushed past. I'd recommend the option of a Scuff Plate on the back bumper too - very easy to damage the paint there. I'd also recommend avoiding the lighter cloths for the interior - drips of rainwater falling on the back seats when the door was openned left stains on the cream fabric that my car had. Still, a good wash and polish could really bring the car upto scratch again. It still looked stylish on its swansong trip last weekend to the Britcar 24 Hours. Another 9-3? Well, I would not have minded but a change in circumstances means I need an estate, so a Subaru Legacy Sports Tourer is on the drive now.

  • 1.9TTiD 180 Aero 4dr

    matthew hayes , Lancashire . Date: 29/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    Took delivery of the TTid180 Aero in June 2008. 2 months of trouble free motoring, 4500 miles, mostly motorway passed without complaint. Plenty of power, yet 50mpg. Then problems started. Out of blue, whilst driving on A road at 50mph engine cut out. Having made a safe retreat to the roadside, eventually managed to restart. 'Check engine' warning light on so AA escort to Saab garage. Diagnosed as needing new throttle body (not a faulty EGR valve, as was the opinion of the AA). 2 days after new throttle body fitted, having refueled after 2 hrs on motorway, car refused to start - Eventually restarted and managed to get home. Next day car refusing to start. AA again. Unable to start so towed to another Saab dealer. Initial observation by the Saab master technician; I quote 'that sounds really serious', implying almost a terminal failure almost. So I await further developments on the condition of my new £27k car,2 months old and possibly already on its way to the great engine scrapyard in the sky.... Potential Saab customers, be wary. Maybe I've been unlucky. But the twin turbo 1.9 diesel, squeezing 180bhp from just 1.9L is as yet unproven and in my unfortunate experience already seemingly very fragile. In a way I DO hope it cannot be repaired, as I have little confidence collecting it again from the dealer and driving it on the busy motorways for fear of a catastrophic power failure...hope to update this review in due course.

  • 1.9TTiD 180 Aero 4dr

    Chris Whitfield , South Yorkshire . Date: 21/07/2008
    • 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

    Have recently purchased the Aero TTiD and love it! I have owned a Saab before, a Vector Sport 1.8t which was a great car too.

    The performance is good, it's quick off the mark and responds instantly thanks to the twin turbo. On the motorway it cruises effortlessly and the engine is very quiet. The comfort of this car is fantastic, the seats support you very well and they're very relaxing to sit in. I recently drove a Jag X-Type 2.2D SE and the seats in that were nowhere near as comfortable.

    The standard kit you get with the car represents good value for money, I would recommend if buying one that you splash out a little on 18inch alloys as these really finish the car off. The car is well equipped and I think better value for money than the stingy BMWs and Audis.

    Overall, a marvellous car. I think Saabs are very underrated and you can pick up some great deals if you're prepared to shop around and haggle too. It's my second Saab and it won't be my last.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector 4dr

    Andrew Ramsden , West Yorkshire . Date: 17/07/2008
    • 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
      44

    My car

    I have a 150 Vector Airflow of April 2005 vintage. This superseded a Mk 4 Golf which was the worst car I've ever owned. The Saab has proved to be far superior. It's very comfy on the motorway and I don't share the views on poor interior quality. No, it's not Audi/BMW quality but then I didn't pay that sort of money. I don't have any rattles. I've had a couple of faults, one the EGR valve and the other a faulty electric window. Both were very efficiently sorted by the dealer in Harrogate who have been excellent throughout (in contrast to VW dealers). It is now approaching 45000 miles and seems to be going strong. The wife now has a 93 convertible which has covered 14000 faultless miles from new. She loves it.

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