I've just arrived home with my new car a 2006 (56) Saab 9-3 TID 150bhp Vector convertible in very shiny black. I got the train down to North London and drove the car 430 miles back home to Irvine, Ayrshire in Scotland. Here is my review on my experience so far:-
As it was a cold day we drove it all the way with the hood up. The car performed brilliantly, the 1.9L diesel engine was very powerful, especially at motorway speeds and the fuel economy was totally outstanding. The seats are very comfortable and the climate control kept the car at a very steady and comfortable temperature. At speeds over 70 mph there is only a very minor amount of wind noise and road noise was also minimal. The rag top has 3 layers so it's well protected from the cold and outside noises. On the B roads the car handled great and was very stable albeit a bit on the bumpy side at times. If I'm honest the Saab doesn't drive as well or have quite the same quality feel as my company car a brand new (basic) BMW 316 2L diesel, but overall with the Saab's level of equipment, comfort, economy, engine power and handling, I feel it's a close second and definitely outstanding value for money. I nearly forgot to mention the roof goes up and down very quickly and has great silky smooth electric mechanisim. It can also be operated at speeds up to 19 mph. A car I would recommend to all. A brilliant buy I think especially if you compare it to a 2006 Audi 4 convertible which is far more expensive.