Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Saab 9-3 hatchback?
Warranty Direct reckons the 9-3 is a tough customer, but the timing chains on petrol engines can need attention from 60,000-mile onwards if the engine has suffered from an oil starvation problem.
The steering can become noisy, but this is easy and cheap to put right, while clonks from the suspension are most likely due to worn shock absorbers, which are simple to replace.
The front tyres can take a pounding with any of the turbocharged petrol models, and especially on the powerful Viggen. So, check them carefully and, if they look worn, account for this in the price you pay.
Saabs are often used as workhorses, so look around the boot for signs of a hard life. But, if it's been no more than a rep-mobile, the excellent build quality means the 9-3 should stand up to the rigours of daily life without a problem.