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Saab 9-3 Hatchback (98 - 02) review

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(1998 - 2002)
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What used Saab 9-3 hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Saab 9-3 hatchback?

For those keen to eke out the most from their fuel budget, the turbodiesel 9-3s will turn in 45mpg, although they will need more regular servicing.

The least economical model is surprisingly not the rare and fast Viggen, but the 185bhp 2.0T model coupled to an automatic gearbox, which is a fairly common option with the 9-3. With this 'box, the 2.0T will return only 26.0mpg, whereas the rest of the petrols fall around the 30mpg mark.

Servicing a Saab 9-3 is considerably cheaper than its compact exec rivals, regardless of whether you choose a franchised or independent garage.