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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.
  • 1.8t Linear Sport 4dr

    Tim Cope , Staffordshire . Date: 13/07/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    I've owned my Saab 93 for 4 months and I'm very pleased with it. It drives well, goes quickly and is very comfortable. Road noise is almost none existent and the engine does not intrude into the cabin, even when pushed.

    The sports suspension provides a good sporty drive and takes most town roads in its stride, although I can hear the suspension coping with uneven town roads.

    The 1.8 turbo charged petrol engine is quick and the power delivery from 30mph onwards is brilliantly smooth, especially with the auto box. It's not cheap on fuel though, I get approx 30mpg combined.

    Overall, I really like the Saab 93 and would have another one.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector 4dr

    Mark Fowler , East Sussex . Date: 27/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    I've owned this 2004 car since it was 6 months old and apart from an intermittent hesitancy in the throttle response (fixed by a software update)I've had no problems. Sure there are a few squeaks and rattles from the dash but not enough to get on your nerves. There is also a clunk from the front suspension when the bushes are still cold but this is a common trait. The performance and fuel economy combination are fantastic. It shifts when you need it and over three and half years I average 43 mpg. It's also one of the most comfortable cars I've owned - better than the Audi A4 I had before. The downside? It's probably lost 13K in depreciation but as £5K of that was before I purchased it's not too bad. Saab service is expensive (£650 at 36,000 miles with new rear brake pads) but I'm still running the original front discs and pads at 40,000. Overall a good car with an image I prefer to the German rivals

  • 1.9TiD 150 Linear SE 4dr

    Nilantha Senadhira Date: 28/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    i have just had this car on a demonstration for two days and its really below my expectations. The engine is no better than the 150 SRI vectra i had but the real poor point is the build quality. This car only had 2k miles on it and it squeaks and rattles like its done 100 k miles!!I certainly wouldnt think that this is the build quality you pay for when paying for a saab.Shame because the car really looks good outside but the inside is really bland.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 4dr

    Stephen McNally , North Yorkshire . Date: 18/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bidding fair to be one of the worst cars of the noughties - a sleek saloon with slick advertising, Private Eye, The Guardian etc - a powerful, attractive economic car.

    In practice a godawful mix of economy parts from General Motors, built on a Vauxhall platform - and pitched to fleece the unwary who were thinking of Saabs of old. About as reliable as a chav with mad staring eyes, and blessed with dealers who would treat a Nobel Laureate like an idiot. A pig of a car and a sadly degreaded brand, that should be allowed to quietly, but quickly die.

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