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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

    Ken Stewart , Essex . Date: 18/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I selected this car as my company car mainly for its looks and price as it was pre registered therefore quite a saving.I am really pleased with my choice as its great to drive and is economical even at speed.

    The only critisim i have is shared by others, the gearbox is stiff and requires gentle persuation when cold to select 2nd. The dash and interior which my son refers to as an airoplane is spoilt by tacky plastic around the area of the hand brake.

    Otherwise im very pleased with my choice.

  • 1.9TiD 120 Linear Sport 5dr

    Phil Town , . Date: 18/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I too had issues with poor fuel comsumption and the engine, in terms of refinement and overall performance.

    For much of the time, the car felt asthmatic under acceleration and too noisy under load, and after 18,000 miles I had a small symphony of rattles and squeaks accompanying my every journey.

    As this was a company car, at the first opportunity I swapped it for a BMW 320d. A bit obvious, but in my opinion, head and shoulders above the Saab.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector 5dr

    Alan Pembshaw Date: 09/05/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've been travelling on holiday mainly in France on B roads since picking up the car in Sweden in October 2005. We covered almost 30,000 kilometres with no hassles and achieved about 45 mpg over the whole trip.

    Only criticisms are lack of lumbar support in passenger seat and the manual gearbox is a bit clunky.

    I found the road holding was good except over bumpy roads where it wobbled a bit. On motorways it came into its own by being very stable at speeds from 125-180km per hour. The car is especially responsive at over 2000rpm in any gear.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Linear 5dr

    ANDY HARRINGTON , CHESHIRE . Date: 05/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I love my Sport Wagon. I even drive it to the corner shop, just to drive it.

    But who chose the standard radio/CD player? It is without doubt the worst system I have heard in years. It's flat, tinny, with no whump whatsoever. I had to pay a sizeable premium after delivery to have it upgraded.

    Saab should take a lead from the excellent CD in the new Toyota Avensis, and get the best available sound system fitted in all new cars. By the way, the upgraded system is just about OK.

    So, watch out for the rubbish radio/CD, but otherwise go and buy a 9-3 Sport Wagon now - they're fantastic.

Saab 9-3 Sport Wagon

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