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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 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.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Linear 5dr

    Andrew Maw , N.E.Lincs . Date: 10/04/2007
    • 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

    This is my third 9-3, the previous being a 2.2 TiD and 150 Linear (both diesels), both saloons. The 150 diesel was much better - quicker, quieter and better finished. Both were bought as ex-demonstraters with 4-100000 miles recorded.

    Neither had any of the faults recorded by other correspondents, but only suffered v. minor faults e.g. a loose sill panel fixed in five minutes without an appointment. I have had a Sportwagon 1.9 Tid Linear for two months. I cover 25000 miles a year so reliabilty and running costs are important.

    The car had covered 4000 miles when purchesed and had been used by the garage accountant. Perhaps this is a good way to eradicate any faults?

    Build quality seems much better and the car is quieter and rides very well. Is this because it is on the standard wheels (15 inch) and tyres and no sports suspension? I agree with other contributors that the quality of the interior plastics is poor, and not up to the obvious competition.

    Fuel consumption was 42-44mpg with the 2.2 engine and 48-52mpg with the 150 diesel. The sportwagon so far is 44-48 mpg.

    Only other complaints are a lack of under-thigh support on the drivers seat, and the passenger seat should be height adjustable as it is too low for some passengers. My car has the uprated audio which is fine, so I can't comment on the standard system. All in all excellent value and a good drive for the money - thousands less than the competion.

  • 1.9TiD 120 Linear Sport 5dr

    Ian Newsome Date: 22/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having already ordered my car I came across some of the reviews on the What Car website and was worried about what I'd let myself in for. Having now had the car for a few months I felt I should add a review to try to address some of the points raised by previous reviewers. On the plus side the car is very comfortable to drive, handles & breaks very well. In other reviews some concerns were raised about economy - not achieving figures quoted by the manufacturer. I had the same experience when I first drove it but I have found through experience that fuel consumption is affected quite significantly by the external temperature & when the weather is warmer I can easily exceed the quoted figures on the same journies. I'm glad I bought the leather interior and privacy glass as this improves the interior. The only real downside that is bourne out in other reviews is a cheap feel to some of the plastic fittings - they don't rattle (in fact the whole drive is very quiet) but the finishing could be better. My biggest concern has been the quality of the sound system. I did not upgrade from the basic package as I thought it would be OK - and it is OK for the radio but not for other sources (CD & MP3) which sound rather thin as there are no speakers in the front doors with this version. Overall I'm happy with the car, it looks good, its cheap to run and I enjoy driving it. The down sides are all things that can be easily assessed before purchase once you know what to look out for.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Linear Sport 5dr

    Goksin Akyuz Date: 02/01/2007
    • 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

    My car

    I own this car for a year and 21.000 kms already. It is an auto, with navigation and 16 inch tires. We have also some other cars for the company but I can tell you that this is a lovable car. It has a character and attitude, but lacks some aspects of compact executives so could not hit the target.

    So far I have not had any problems, but the built quality and material is below rivals. Has to be improved. But the design of the interior is nearly perfect for my taste. I hope I will not be hearing noises from the interior plastics in the future.

    It is good to drive on long distances but steering could have a better feel. It is not perfect for driving inside the city.I strongly recommend the auto gearbox, it nearly upgrades the car. The seats are perfect, and it is silent enough inside.

    Finally te navigator. Please change it please! It is very clearly behind..It is from the times when this was launched but it is not very smart and it is very slow..All the system has to be upgraded.

    If these changes are made at face-lifting, then there will be a new car in the executives competition.

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