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Overall reader verdict 4 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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39 reader reviews for Saab 9-3 Sport Wagon.
  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 5dr

    Stephen McNally , North Yorkshire . Date: 30/05/2008
    • 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

    My car

    Almost brilliant this - and I do quite love this car when its running well, handles - and has good power.

    My model (Vector Sport 150 TiD) has been dogged with faults however, and I've begun to regard it as a less then premium product. For an owner I'd say stick with it - its quirky but OK, inbetween garage visits.

    New owners - stay well clear and go for the main brands - the Mondeo, Skodas and VWs are (sadly) excellent, in the same bracket performance-wise, and much better value for money....

  • 1.9TiD 120 Linear Sport 5dr

    Michael Kingshott , Suffolk . Date: 15/04/2008
    • 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

    My car

    I had a Saab 9-3 sport wagon for a year as a company car, it is one of the most comfortable cars i have driven and was very smooth and quiet on a run. The steering and handling was a bit dull but the same can be said for many modern cars. I had no problems whatsoever the only thing that dissapointed me was the fuel economy which never got above 42mpg. Much worse than a previous Passat TDi which averaged 48mpg and got mid 50's on a run.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 5dr

    john tibbles , surrey . Date: 25/03/2008
    • 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

    My car

    Like another review I had the awful experience of it going into limp home mode on the drive home from dealership. Also got a cracked windshield from a stone. Bad omen, for sure yes as over the next 4 months the electrical system malfunctioned almost daily from minor issues like mirror not folding to major ones - not recognising the spare key when the main key was 300 miles away in my wife's bag.

    However Reading SAAB tried to fix it manfully and after 5 months agreed readily with me that it was a dog and gave me a brand new one -in a nicer colour too.

    Since the only good experiences , spacious , nice looking , good fuel economy . very comfortable. Bit sluggish off the lights but great on M ways and foreign roads rather than our pathetic apology for a road network in UK.

    One noticable problem -apprently common on the car is a dirty EGR valve which insiduously lowers performance but this was cured by a one hour while you wait free service appointment

    I like it and wold recommend it-SAABs are still pretty neat understated behicles and when I owned a 2l aero it was great to easily outgun BMW3 and boy racers and the marque doesnt have the me me me chav overtones of Beemers or the its just a Frankfurt Taxi appeal of a Merc.

    And they do have the best seats bar none, all done through science not padding

  • 2.8 V6 Aero 5dr

    Anthony Restivo , Apache . Date: 21/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I test drove a 6 speed twin turbo BMW 335i sedan. Great performance but sterile linear power. Then tested a SAAB AERO Sport Combi. I had fun! Main reason? Big turbo sling shot effect that becomes addictive especially in high gear roll-ons. Like your horse, it took off almost without you as you hang on with only the sound of the wind in your ears. I KNOW how to drive a manual SAAB. SAAB knows that with their unique turbo motor, even with only a hint of turbo lag, a power shifting device a la Ferrari is not the preferred manual changer. It is, by design, rubbery AND magnetic in the way it slips into the slots. That allows for a lazy nonchalant wrist action as it seems to jump into the slots by itself while all I do is point and release in between swooshy turbo lunges: extreme hedonism without sinning, and there is enough real performance to catch even the raciest mounts off guard. Yes it does thrash about, expecially with my aftermarket 19 inch wheels, but the body still impresses me with anvil-like solidity. Brakes need breaking in about 3000-5000 miles before you feel their strength. Torque in all gears means if I forget what gear I came out of, I just put it in 5th or 6th and I can still scoot while dragging home at 3AM with one eye open . Slipping the clutch at slow speeds and speed bump crawls produces an addictive smooth 12 cylinderesque murmurs and burbles, while stomping on it from still on a green light sounds like a low base range frantic devouring thunder clap.

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