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Great gas mileage. by Columbus, Ohio USA on 03/28/2009. Trim: 2008 Saab 9-3 2.0T, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Excellent gas mileage. Averaged 33 mpg driving all highway. On average getting 27 mpg mostly city driving.
Overall review: very nice car. Handles nicely.Comfortable.Good acceleration.
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Go test drive a Saab; bet you'll buy it! by Chuck in Austin, TX on 01/14/2009. Trim: 2008 Saab 9-3 2.0T, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Great styling, particularly the interior - love the 'parchment' leather with the black carpet. Very well designed driver/car interfaces, such as the driving position, layout of dash, On Star phone, warning chimes, automatic manual trans and seat comfort. I was looking for a good used sports car/convertible but wound up with this great little sedan and am quite pleased. Love the 2.0 turbo engine. I was expecting turbo lag but it's negligible. Very efficient design - you are looking at a smaller car, but I"m 6'2" and feel very comfortable. Great trunk space and we can't wait to go on a trip. Fuel economy is wonderful - I got 35 MPG on I-35 in TX at 75 MPH/22 town on 87 octane!
Cons: Getting used to front wheel drive; different than my old 7 series Beemer. Biggest difference is lack of stability in high speed turns. Big Beemer was rock solid and with smaller 9-3 you have to have both hands firmly, but not tightly, gripping the steering wheel. Maybe 'steering inputs' are too exagerated at high speeds? I'm trying to slow down but turbo makes that difficult! It does have a Sport button on the console to lengthen shift intervals in full auto but I never use it due to M mode. I do use the auto/manual trans to slow down entering curves and that works well, giving you good tracking. Suspension is challenged on rough roads. Wonder if beefed up shocks would help?
Overall review: This is a European car and it is abundantly evident in design and craftsmanship. Dealer service chief told me GM engineering has made some positive improvements in engine design to get turbo to run cooler. Otherwise, they must have been hands off. I was a bit skeptical of turbo durability due to high heat, but the service manager told me that is only a problem where owner neglects the 10 K miles oil/filter change. The push button dash board cup holder alone is well worth the trip to the dealer to experience (no Big Gulps here!). If you live in Austin, Tx area, go see Linda Lilley at Roger Beasley; great salesperson. They have a loaner car program and that's what I bought due to low price for an '08. Now they are offering lower discounts on cars with no mileage. I gave the car all 10's except for performance as I really would have hoped that the suspension would be stiffer. A Beemer it ain't, but then I didn't pay Beemer price either! That alone was worth it to me.
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Solid car by spenttubes on 03/29/2013. Trim: 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Features and performance, yet simplicity at the same time. No-fuss, yet pleasing.
Cons: Too much plastic in the interior.
Overall review: Available for a great price nowadays, and worth it.
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Great Car by TC from Ma on 02/02/2009. Trim: 2008 Saab 9-3 2.0T Convertible, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Pros: Great gas mileage, fun to drive, looks good, terrific buy with rebates, good warranty, free maintenance program, good in the snow.
Overall review: I also own a 2001 Saab 9-3 with over 140,000 miles and have never experienced any problems, this was a factor in selecting the 08 Saab. I had researched several other vehicles and after test driving and factoring in the " bang for the buck" nothing even came close. I can't emphasize enough if you are in the market for a car, Saab is at least worth a comparison with whatever else you may be interested in buying. After all you could be pleasantly surprised not to mention saving a lot of money driving a fun European car loaded with options for the same price as a Camry.
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You need to drive it. by Frankie on 06/19/2008. Trim: 2008 Saab 9-3 2.0T, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: The list is endless, Styling, handling, transmission, appointments...
Cons: WIsh the 17" wheels were standard
Overall review: As one who has owned many cars - the Saab 9-3 2.0t is by far the best. As stated the steering is so tight, I can almost make a turn with my knee. The acceleration is wonderful, as my first ticket would attest. The Getrag transmission is slick and smooth. I laugh as I see yet another Camry, Accord or Maxima as they are seen everywhere. This is unique, different and that makes it even more palatable. The front-end and rear-end style is dramatic without being weird. YOU need to drive one; it's the only way to appreciate it. The accommodations are very nice. I receive many compliments on the car. I wonder when the last time a Camry owner got, “Wow, that’s a sharp car!” That would be – never. The other cars are so bland in comparison; like comparing Spam to Steak. It's really the best of three worlds: A Swedish car with all of its smart features, built in Germany with their attention to detail, owned by an American company for that patriotic touch. What more could you ask for?
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