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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 5dr

    chris dainty , bucks . Date: 12/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    1.9TiD Vector Auto Hirsch, purchased @ £16K all up with 7K on the clock from a Saab Dealer. Now done 15K. This car sounds like a diesel when cold at slow pace, but becomes much smoother when warm and over 40mph. My friend's BMW is smoother, as are diesel Audis, but that because their engine is longitudinal, and it's more difficuilt to NVH the sideways Saab.

    Ride/ handling- sufficiently quick and grippy without being too hard- you can have fun and only real perfomance cars outsmart me. Seats best in the business and equipment levels great for the price, however I put speakers in the empty spaces in the doors as the Vector hasn't got the full speaker kit compared to the Sport and you can tell the difference.

    As an Auto it gives 36MPG in town driving, but can get 44 on a run. No faults yet. I can drive this car all day and still come away fresh. As my friend spent £27K on a Beemer (for something only slightly better), I'm felling pretty good! Get one!

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 5dr

    Rachel Baxter Date: 21/11/2007
    • 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

    My car

    This Saab was a replacement for my 1.9 diesel Renault Grand Scenic. I have had it for 6 months and covered almost 5000 miles. As mine is the family car, a large boot and quality interior were essential - and I didn't want another Mummymobile, so only the 150 Sport would do.

    I have to say the engine isn't as powerful as I'd have expected - I also drive an Alfa GT 1.9 diesel which is noticeably quicker, especially from a standing start - and despite the 'Sport' moniker the Saab still handles like an estate, which can be challenging on bendy or slippery roads.

    I'm averaging about 38mpg for urban/extra urban driving which is acceptable. The stereo (spec upgrade) is very loud and clear. Despite other comments re interior plastics everything is wearing well so far, although my son has chewed one of the leather door trims(!)

    My only bug bear is the pricing; on a £25k car I don't expect to pay extra for colour coded door handles or cargo nets, and the sunroof and roofbars were expensive compared with the much larger ones added to my Renault.

    To sum up, this is a beautiful looking family estate - despite the rear lamp cluster - and GM motors didn't ruin it with excessive chrome trim (see current 9-5 Estate) before I got to own one. It drives well, is very comfortable, has plenty of space and is good value for money - although as ever owners will lose out on resale values.

  • 1.9TiD 120 Vector Sport 5dr

    Michael Grove Date: 12/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    I bought this car recently for £13999 at 11000 miles on an 06 plate. The price was very competitive against the competition. My previous car was a 9-5 2.2 tid Vector estate and the improvement is significant. I thought the 9-5 excellent, sure of foot and economical for such a large car. It never let me down and was relaxing to drive over long distances. The 9-3 has all of these virtues plus greatly improved economy, very taut handling and a surprisingly spightly performance from only 120bhp. The only downside is that I miss the low speed torque of the 2.2 which was extraordinary. I have driven a 150bhp 9-3 and in normal driving could not see much difference. Some reviewers complain of the interior quality but I think it is good enough and to get the comparible BMW or Audi I would have had to part with at least another £3k. Not worth it in my view. I strongly recommend this car.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector Sport 5dr

    michael o'connor , north yorkshire . Date: 25/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought new in June 2006 I have now covered 15000 miles. After about 2000 miles an annoying buzz started in the engine at between 1200 and 1700 rpm under a light load. This was diagnosed variously by the main dealer as "the air-box", the "injectors" and then "faulty valve guides". These were replaced twice (since initially incorrect parts were fitted, but the noise persisted. In desperation I insisted on a visit from a Saab field engineer, who drove the car and admitted there was a noise which he had not heard before, but which he subsequently insists is "characteristic of the model". It is not a noise I heard when initially test-driving the model, nor with other examples tried subsequently. Saab however say there is nothing they can, or will, do to try rectification. They have ignored my comment that if the injection system is to blame, this could account for a short period of three-cylinder running when cold.

    Are there any other owners with this problem? And if so, what can be done?

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