Saab 9-3 (2003 to 2012) - Used Car Review

Saab 9-3 (2003 to 2012)

€28,350 - €78,700

The Saab 9-3 is a very nice looking  car which offers great luxury and a comfortable feel as standard. Despite Saab leaving the market some years back, and the will-they won't-they re-enter the world car market again, hysteria going on this car is still proving to be very popular on the second hand market in Ireland.



These machines are very comfortable, they contain what I would consider to be one of the most attractive dashes of its time. It doesn't contain the high-tech touch screen of now but it does have a nice button-full boxy centre console which will make you feel like you're in the cockpit of a plane instead of a car.


Another interesting thing about this car is that to turn the engine you stick your key into the centre console beside the handbrake. There is a method to do it to so as to make things that little bit more difficult for thieves who may want to steal your car.


Sadly the Saab 9-3 is not without its problems though. Through searching for common problems for this vehicle and after to talking to some mechanics some of the issues which have arisen for this vehicle include the front springs breaking, we've been told that this could damage your tyres through premature wear.


We've also been informed by various owners and ex-owners that they've encountered problems with EGR valves, intercoolers, and split hoses. When this happens the engine warning light is said to illuminate.


If you end up going for a diesel model of the Saab 9-3 they are said to be economical enough for their time, from searching what owners think we get the feeling that the 1.9 diesel model are slightly more economical than the 2.2 TiD model. The mpg we're reading about comes in between 40 and 45 mpg.


Although I am a fan of this particular vehicle I would recommend that if you are considering one that it is worth your while having a mechanic inspect it before you buy. If you get a good one they really are a pleasure to drive.


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It’s a car of it’s own you can’t compare with any car it’s a saab I have 2008 and 2003 but these are real cars if the creator of heaven and earth can give them the best investors oooohhh boy I’ll be flyinf

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Nice motor.Sporty looking.Cream interor is also very nice. I had the automatic "Aero" and I found it a little sluggish changing up in the lower gears. I have a BMW 325 AUTO transmission now which is far more responsive.

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