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Saab 9-3 Saloon 1.9D Vector (150bhp) 4d (2005/54)

Saab 9-3 Saloon 1.9D Vector (150bhp) 4d (2005/54) - Owner Review

Very very comfortable and eats motorway miles, but wind seems a bit noisy at speed.

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Review submitted by
Mike Powell on

Saab 9-3 Saloon (02-11)


2 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
I fell for the looks

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Generally like it, but it doesn't turn heads any more

Would you buy this car again and why?
No. I would NEVER buy another Saab. This was my first and last. Shame really as it looks good and drives well - just rips off your back pocket every six months or so.

What are you likely to buy next?
Probably something from a reliable manufacturer with high customer care standards - probably a Skoda

Buying experience

4 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?
August 2006

Did you get a good deal and why?
Think so. Just knocked £3000 off price and two others werte after the same car

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Looked a good used buy with lots of kit and good styling

What was the dealer like?
Very helpful - until I'd bought it then needed pushing

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Good. There's always enough speed but the turbo drag at low speed can lead to scary moments pulling out onto fast roads

What's it like to park?
No problem with rear sensors

Living with it

3 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Lots. The inlet manifold is loose (Saab won't recall or offer anything towards the costs), the flywhhel rattles, the re-circ motor is noisy, the trim is peeling and the build quality is generally average. It will cost £2800 to keep on the road so it's going

What's most practical about your car?
Very very comfortable and eats motorway miles, but wind seems a bit noisy at speed.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Has to be the voice operated controls

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