Used Saab 9-3 Saloon (2002 - 2011) Costs

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Jun 2014
The Saab 9-3 saloon is a car styled after an aeroplane. The Saab brand has always appealed to buyers looking for something a little different to the mainstream and the 9-3 is a prime example.

3 out of 5

Running costs

Saab 9-3 saloon running costs are fairly high compared to competition. The 9-3 has 18,000-mile (or two-year) service intervals but Saab dealer servicing tends to be pricey (although there are a lot of independent specialists). Insurance costs are reasonable, however some of the petrol models can be a little thirsty - especially the 2.0T and 2.8-litre, so if running costs are a priority go for the 1.9-litre diesel.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£1,115 - £1,873 *


£799 - £1,180 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

18,000 miles.


Three years/60,000 miles.

Road tax (12 months)

£30.00 - £580.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

Saab 9-3 saloon emissions stack up reasonably on the eco front. With an average of 186g/km CO2 across the model line-up, its emissions are standard for a medium-sized saloon but there are no dedicated low emissions models. The greenest model is the 1.9TiD with 120bhp which emits 147g/km of CO2 and averages 52mpg. the 1.9TiD 150bhp was tweaked in 2009 and is actually cleaner with emissions of 137g/km of CO2 and economy of 54mpg.

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