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Saab 9-3 Saloon 1.9D Vector Sport (150bhp) 4d (2006/06)

Saab 9-3 Saloon 1.9D Vector Sport (150bhp) 4d (2006/06) - Owner Review

Huge boot and spacious in front.

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Review submitted by
Grant Muir on

Saab 9-3 Saloon (02-11)


2 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Not one for following the Bee Emm crowd but rather foolish for buying into the faux Saab image.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They feel sorry for me now!

Would you buy this car again and why?
Absolutely not. Too unreliable and cheap in quality but with a premium price tag. To survive under new ownership Saab need to start again and realise what used to make Saabs so good. I hope they do as I still have a soft spot for them but I won't be getting burnt again until then!

What are you likely to buy next?

Buying experience

3 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
April 2006

Did you get a good deal and why?
£3.000 off list with pre-reg 10 miles on clock.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Different from the norm. Like Saab image.

What was the dealer like?
Very good, tried to find best option for me from stock from their various branches.

Driving it

3 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Good performance but chassis struggles with power. Not great handling compared to others in class.

What's it like to park?
Excellent with rear sensors.

Living with it

2 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Connection from fuel tank to engine came apart while on the move! Leaving diesel all the over road! Coil springs replaced under warranty. Water pump failed leading to a damaged engine with possible replacement engine required!! The car only has 55k miles on the clock and is not yet 4 years old. It is not an uncommon problem too. Wheels difficult to align. Paint peeling from trim around windows. It's Feb 2010 and I will add a failed alternator to the list. How many characters can I fit in this box!! Another £360. This car is going to bankrupt me. It goes this weekend! Good riddance!

What's most practical about your car?
Huge boot and spacious in front.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Sat Nav, MP3 Aux connection

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