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Saab 9-3 Saloon 2.2TiD Arc 4d (2003/03)

Saab 9-3 Saloon 2.2TiD Arc 4d (2003/03) - Owner Review

Enough room and does the job for what we need.

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Review submitted by
James Bingham on

Saab 9-3 Saloon (02-11)


2 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
I'm an old man

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They can't believe it has had so many problems!! They all thought Saab's were reliable but I can tell you having owned and driven 2 of them (one from new) they are not (steering rack and other items fell apart on the brand new aero but replaced under warranty).

Would you buy this car again and why?

What are you likely to buy next?
BMW or Toyota

Buying experience

2 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Didn't buy from a dealer

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
January 2008

Did you get a good deal and why?

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

What was the dealer like?

Driving it

3 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
"ok" This car won't thrill you but it does handle ok if you push it. Seats are comfy and ride good on long journeys. However clunky suspension and vague steering. Not up to the standard of BWW which is far superior.

What's it like to park?

Living with it

2 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Where do I start?! Exhaust gas recirculation valve faulty (choked with soot), air flow sensor malfunctioned, cracked suspension springs, turbo boost pipe split, vacuum hoses split, intercooler split and split fin roof aerial. Also leaking oil pressure switch. Cost me a fortune to put right but I think these issues afflict even newer cars as well. Constant check engine lights on this car!!! Wheel bearings sound as if they are going but it is actaully the tyres which drone after a while. Replacement tyres cure the problem.

What's most practical about your car?
Enough room and does the job for what we need.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Flip cup holder

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