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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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38 reader reviews for Saab 9-3 Sport Wagon.
  • 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?

  • 1.9TiD 120 Vector Sport Annive 5dr

    Justin Crooks Date: 25/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had this car for four weeks now. I got a good 10% discount, along with anniversary options (sat-nav, Bluetooth phone system, leather, voice control system, body colour handles) which make this a lot of car for the price. Also included rwas ear privacy glass and heated seats, all for £22,000. So for equipment value for money this is a great deal. The same specification on a BMW would cost over £32,000. So you get lots of toys for your money.

    As mentioned by others, the car has a cheap feel to some of the plastic fittings. The Bluetooth system cannot read the phone book on my phone (Nokia N73)! My Saab dealer says this is a compatibility issue, so I have to manually set all my contacts via the voice system. After further checks on the internet I've found out that this is a major issue for Saab's system. Check your phone first (phone book) if buying. Also, the sat-nav system doesn't allow postcode searches. Rear seat leg room is limited, too.

    For the exterior, the looks are pretty good, but the 'ice block' rear lights are 'chavvy' looking. The rear privacy glass is not as private as I wanted, too - my previous Lexus was better.

    For driving, the position seems very comfortable, and all round visibility is really good. The performance is very good, especially in 30-70mph range. Handling is good, although I do not drive my cars very hard. It has good fuel economy. The car isn't smooth in the 0-20mph range, though. It can seem rough and clunky at low speeds.

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