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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

    Mark Bennett , Dorset . Date: 26/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I test drove a Saab 93 Sportswagon yesterday (150bhpTiD Vector), the car was pre-registered by the dealer and had done 12 miles.I had only been driving for about 5 minutes when the engine management system put it into "limp mode". I was prepared to accept that these things happen even to quality cars until I read you reader reviews and realised that this is a chronic problem. What are Saab doing about this failing which I presume is peculiar to their Alfa/Fiat sourced diesel engines ?

  • 1.9TiD 120 Vector Sport 5dr

    peter dinsdale , high peak . Date: 18/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have now covered 16,000 miles since December 2005 and this Saab doesn't get any less wooden. The handling is dull, though the grip and roadholding is good, but the ride is brittle on the 17-inch wheels and Continental tyres. I drove a Saab 9-3 saloon in Sweden with 16-inch wheels which was much better.

    The 120 diesel is economical (it average 52mpg, sometimes more) but painfully slow and lacking bottom-end torque, as well as sounding like a tractor. However, the low CO2 figure is a big advantage (149g/km).

    Road noise is very high, especially on bad surfaces, so much so that I had to spend more money on soundproofing which has helped a lot (but should you have to do that on a £23,000 car?).

    The cabin, though, is excellent - it has superb seats, lots of useful goodies like electric folding mirrors, park assist and so on, but the stereo has no bass and lacks definition.

    Reliability has not been the best either. Engine warning lights come on, it went into limp-home mode (a kinked pipe, apparently) and the front passenger window refuses to go up unless the car is moving, or you hold down the rear window lock button while raising the front windows.

    Boot space is poor (less than my previous Volvo S60 Saloon) with the rear seats raised, but pretty good with the seats folded.

    Visibilty is good, comfort is great, the overall design is pleasant (especially in Parchment interior), and the lights are good. Economy is good but let down by a low-powered and noisy engine.

  • 1.9TiD 120 Vector Sport 5dr

    Jason Hemingway , West Yorkshire . Date: 27/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having covered 10,000 miles now, I would love to say they were trouble free but that is not the case. My main points of concern are:

    I have had the engine management system put the car in limp home mode on 4 occasions now with the dealer telling me the 'deisel particulate filter' is full of soot each time, which they clean out and reset, only for it to happen again, this is frustrating and is hampering my enjoyment of the car.

    The MPG is really poor, considering that I cover 70% motorway I am returning only 41mpg, with a steady driving style, I was hoping for mid to late 40's

    The 120 (8V) engine is really slow in 1st and 2nd and pick up in 2nd and 3rd is awful, the care comes into its own on the motorway where it will sit happily with the crusie control on.

    I really like the driving style, position, looks and practicality of the car but my enjoyment is tainted by the issues above - it may even be they are all related and in which case if rectified I will add to this review to inform of the change of opinion.

  • 1.9TiD 120 Vector Sport 5dr

    Michael Koczan Date: 01/07/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I took delivery of my car in January 2006. I am one very proud Sportwagon owner!

    Within the first 3000 miles, my car had to be returned to the garage (on tow) due to the dreaded engine management light coming on. On each occasion the garage uploaded various upgrades to cure the problem, although towards the end I started to believe that there was nothing wrong with the car. That was two months ago.

    Since then, the car has performed perfectly. The drive is great, the interior is beautifully and ergonomically designed. The exterior looks even more stunning, especially from the rear.

    The car is not short of extras. My children were over the moon when they discovered the auxillary connection for their iPods (to my dismay, having to listen to their music!). I even got a free upgrade of full leather interior without specifying it. I can't wait to get up in the morning and go to work!

    I am a bit disappointed with the fuel consumption. I get a mediocre 38mpg. I guess this is attributed to my mainly town driving and many short journeys. On one run from London to Devon I did achieve 48mpg.

    Please take this review as a definite recommendation. I've also been pleasantly surprised by compliments received from others.

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