2007 SAAB 9-3 Vector 1.8t Biopower
Excellent performance for the money
The radiator leaked r134 (A/C coolant) and needed to be replaced at 103.000km. Common problem on the 2008 and onwards.
The front left wheel bearing needed to be replaced at 110.000km, probably due to too tight fastening of the wheel bolts.
Currently I have discovered rust on the roof of the car, and basically the whole roof needs to be repaired and repainted.
Excellent performance, I have a maptun-ECU tune, which gives 240hp/370Nm. This causes some problems with grip in wet conditions; apart from that it's very good.
Fuel economy is good on long trips, but bad on city-driving. The use of E85 increases consumption approx. 25-30%.
The car needs to have the Vector or Aero package, and most importantly, stay away from the 120hp 1.9TiD, that is a very faulty engine. The petrol turbos are good, as well as the 1.9TTid (130, 160 and 180hp).
Also the standard stereo system is not good, but the 300w Bose is OK.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th August, 2015