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Saab 9-3 2.0t 150 bhp Coupe

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      02.10.2005 16:24


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      Be different from the sheep

      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
      • Huge Boot
      • 3 Point rear belts
      • Comfortable and adjustable seats
      • Great Engine (quiet)
      • Smooth Gearbox
      • Solid Feel
      • Great Fuel Consumption for a large car
      • Class
      • Power

      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)
      • ABS
      • 16" Alloy Wheels with 205 tyres
      • Leather (Option)
      • 4 Electric Windows
      • Climate Control
      • On board computer
      • 3-Point rear seat belts
      • Air bags
      • Cruise Control
      • Lit Sun Visor mirrors
      • Lockable Glovebox
      • Remote Central Locking
      • Remote Alarm
      • 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.


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