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  1. Saab 9-3 Sedan/Combi/TurboX/AWD(2003+)/Conv(2004+)
    I've only had my first car for 2 weeks, it's an automatic 9-3 Aero Sport. Today I took the car for a free health check, because it's free and I bought the car from a private seller so. Problem is I never use the handbrake on the car, I just put it into P and walk away. I learnt in a manual, so...
  2. Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    Well I was lucky enough to have ago in the new 9-5 this afternoon. It was a 2.0l diesel auto. Very nice car, come on a long way from the old shape. Lots of cool gadgets (most of them optional extras). The heads up display was my favourite, it's a projection of car information which hovers...
  3. Saab 9-3 Sedan/Combi/TurboX/AWD(2003+)/Conv(2004+)
    Test drove a white 9-3X earlier, Nice car but not more than a jacked up sport wagon with 4wd. I didnt really like the plastic trims round the bottom on the doors and wheel arches. But the 4wd drive is a really nice touch (not that i would be doing much off roading). I had a drive in a turbo x a...
  4. Saab 9-3 Sedan/Combi/TurboX/AWD(2003+)/Conv(2004+)
    Test drove this earlier in the week, an unregistered with 23 miles Turbo X and i must say its amazing the ride, handling and sound from the exhaust is something special.. when i returned i was offered a very tempting deal should i...? What do you guys recon of these?
  5. Classic Saab 9-3/GM900 (1994 - 2002)/Conv ( -2003)
    9.3 Convertible. W Reg. Year 2000 (47150 miles). That i am buying. Drove the car on this fine day yesterday afternoon. Bit country lanes and bit of dual carriage way. Car is all fine, body work underneath and everywhere else is just perfect. However i would like to ask your advise on 2 or 3...
  6. Saab 9-3 Sedan/Combi/TurboX/AWD(2003+)/Conv(2004+)
    after just getting back from driving a 93 04 plate aero. the car was hesitant to go at speed. The dealer said the EMS light was on saying the coil pack had gone?? basically i said whats that and he said one of the cylinders isnt firing. 1 of 4. they said they can fix it but im reluctant to...
  7. Saab News
    This is a great idea from Jon C so I thought I'd run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes. I hold several opinions very dearly and I wear them on my sleeve here at TS. Firstly, I believe that Saabs are still the best combination of fun and utility your automotive dollar can buy...
  8. Help, Advice, Saabs and Motoring
    Well, well, well. I took part in an employee program at work today where we were able to take some cars on the road. As I work on Land Rover products, and I had never driven any of the Jag diesels, I took the opportunity to drive an XJ diesel, S Type diesel and X type estate diesel. I have no...
  9. Help, Advice, Saabs and Motoring
    As the title says, i test drove a new Volvo today for my work today,
  10. Help, Advice, Saabs and Motoring
    Still on a mission to find a car for my wife. Must be diesel, fairly small, and preferably fast! Drove an Ibiza a few weeks ago, which was a real fyling machine, but it wasn't screwed together very well and the ride was pretty poor. Took out a Skoda Fabia VRS and was really impressed. It is...
  11. Help, Advice, Saabs and Motoring
    My wife is due to change her Audi A3 TD and has fancied something sportier, but still needs economy due to a 30,000 mile a year commute. So, we went to drive a Ibiza Cupra TD. What an incredible little car! It's not heavy, has 160bhp/245lb and it flies. 0-62mph in 7.6s is as fast as my ST220...
  12. Help, Advice, Saabs and Motoring
    Yes, it's true. I got to drive a Mini Cooper S on at Gaydon this week. The first time I'd been in any BMW Mini since BMW broke the Rover Group up five years ago. It was yellow (yuk!!) and I had no idea what to expect. I ended up thinking that it's just not for me!! Fun if you want to throw it...
  13. Saab 9-3 Sedan/Combi/TurboX/AWD(2003+)/Conv(2004+)
    I'm back now from test driving a 9-3ss 1.8i Vector, and a Skoda Octavia vRS Estate (probably write something about the Octavia in the non-Saab car park). Bond Street did have a 1.8i "entry" model in the showroom, so I had a look round that before the test drive. No point test driving a Vector...
  14. Help, Advice, Saabs and Motoring
    Exact same price as a fairly loaded Smart Roadster, a fairly loaded Cooper S is a completely different proposition. Very very well built.. beautifully detailed.. lovely burbly engine note.. and fully kitted out with BMW's Dynamic Stability Control, frameless electric windows, climate control...
  15. Help, Advice, Saabs and Motoring
    Weighs 800Kilos, 3 cylinder 698CC, Turbo charged and intercooled - with paddle shift sequential semi auto gearbox, ESP, ABS, EBV, ASR. Absolutely loved it!.. the interior was prolly made by fisher-price.. but its a serious handler.. it sounds like a mini Porsche 911 Turbo, with the most...
  16. Saab 9-3 Sedan/Combi/TurboX/AWD(2003+)/Conv(2004+)
    ... I was very dissapointed on the turbo engine - auto box combo. I hit the gas pedal and only got noise..no power. Somebody said that Saab recalled some 9-3 autos to fix a slight turbo lag problem. Has anybody heard anything about this? The car was a Canadian spec 9-3 Linear 175 HP. Btw...
  17. Help, Advice, Saabs and Motoring
    Drove one of these at the weekend: The car had only done 150 miles, so I was limited to 4000rpm You can tell the car is very quick, though get the feeling that a lot of the power lies beyond 4000 revs. (All the way up to 7000rpm!) The 6 speed box was quite notchy when cold, though...
  18. Classic Saab 9-3/GM900 (1994 - 2002)/Conv ( -2003)
    As a 9000 enthusiast, I thought I'd pay a visit to the dark side to give my impression of driving /john's 9-3 Sport, just minutes after he (well, Leon, actually) fitted his new Speedparts ECU. While I've driven both a NG900 and a 9-3 before, I never had the chance to do it with enthusiasm...
  19. Saab 9000 (1984 - 1998)
    I test drove a MY 2000 9-5 SE 2.0 lpt with 62K last weekend. All I can say is I'll either be keeping mine, looking for a '97 CS Aero, or looking at testing a 9-5 Aero estate. Thoughts were:- Dead steering. dodgy SID2 Vauge suspension round corners No acceleration Poor switches (like...
  20. Saab 9000 (1984 - 1998)
    I test drove a MY 2000 9-5 SE 2.0 lpt with 62K last weekend. All I can say is I'll either be keeping mine, looking for a '97 CS Aero, or looking at testing a 9-5 Aero estate. Thoughts were:- Dead steering. dodgy SID2 Vauge suspension round corners No acceleration Poor switches (like...
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