2003 SAAB 9-3 Aero 2.0 T Turbo from UK and Ireland
Get one to blow away rep idiots in Beemers and Audis
DI coil pack failed, resulting in a loss of power and a misfire.
Stereo system intermittently cut out.
Rear door lock wouldn't work on the central locking loop.
Coolant leak (sorted with Radweld!).
What a fantastic Q car. No badges on the back and went like stink!
Because Saab limited the torque in first and second gear, they're not the best car for dragging off lights, but when they get going, these things have amazing in gear pull. Unless someone is in something very quick, they'd struggle to out accelerate you!
Mine was Black and still looked nice and up to date; I think they've aged pretty well.
However, not so sure about the interior wear; a lot of the soft touch surfaces wear away on these, which looks scruffy, and so do some of the button graphics. I've had the older shape 9-3, which actually wears better inside.
Very, very comfortable seats, great aircon, nice and quiet engine, and even though it's the sports setup, it has a comfortable ride. All that made this car a very good long distance cruiser, although it's only really capable of early 30s ish MPG, even cruising.
Mine had the nine speaker sat nav/stereo setup, which sounded quite good, had an MP3 aux port too, but annoyingly, it used to intermittently cut out, common on these, and probably the fibre optic connections.
Handling wise it was OK, fairly secure, but a fair amount of understeer, and struggled with torque steer as well, specially in the wet, a result of 210 HP I guess through front wheels. I also have a Mazda 3MPS with 260 HP but a limited slip diff, and that makes a big difference.
If you want a fast, comfortable Q car that you can blow idiots away with in Beemers, Audis etc, that's cheap to buy and well specced... get one of these!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd July, 2014