I have just purchased a Saab 9-3 SE 2.0T 2001/51 after looking at Golfs, Passats and A4s it was all down to price and value for money at first. That was until I drove the 9-3, WOW!
I felt like I was in one of the Saab's fighter jets, yes just like the advert with dash all lit up like a Christmas tree. At first I was gentle with her getting use to the controls etc, then a quick squirt of the loud pedal and we were off. I thought I had made a mistake with the vehicles details and purchased a HOT (High Output Turbo 205 BHP)! This 9-3 was to smooth to be a HOT and judging by the average miles per gallon on the computer (37.9) it must have been a LTP.
The main safely reason for choosing the 9-3 over its competitors is that proper 3 point mounted rear seat belts are fitted as stand, which is a must with child as lap belts are not safe. The car is very very solidly built with doors making a nice deep sound when closed.
The car looks and feels classy, but very practical at the same time, here are some of my feeling:
9-3 Plus Points:
Multiple air bags with pre-tensioned seat belts
3 Point rear belts
Comfortable and adjustable seats
Great Engine (quiet)
Great Fuel Consumption for a large car
9-3 Negative Points:
Dashboard a little dated
Having to press twice to unlock all 4 doors
Ride a little harsh on country lanes
9-3 LPT SE Vehicle Speciation:
2.0 Litre 4 Cylinder 16 Valve Engine producing 153/185 BHP
5 Speed Gearbox
LPT Turbo (Light Pressure Turbo)
16" Alloy Wheels with 205 tyres
4 Electric Windows
On board computer
3-Point rear seat belts
Lit Sun Visor mirrors
Remote Central Locking
Electric Boot Release
Over all, I love the Saab 9-3 it's smooth and quiet cruising on the motorway, the power and the under stated chic compared with the average 3 series and Audis we are surrounded by.