What used Saab 9-3 sports will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Saab 9-3 sports?
Not only does going for the less powerful petrol versions make sense from a driving point of view, but you'll also save money on the running costs. The 1.8-litre gives about 32mpg on average, compared with 25mpg for the V6. The diesel returns 44mpg and opting for an automatic with any engine reduces economy by only 2mpg.
With service intervals every 18,000 miles, garage bills should be manageable, but you can still save by visiting one of the many independent specialists. The 9-3 shares some components with other members of the General Motors family - the Vauxhall Vectra, for example - so parts needn't cost the earth.