Friday 28th September 2012
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If you have ever owned a Saab 9-3 or had to replace any parts then we want to hear about these experiences and how the parts faired. Leave your comments in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

Saab 9-3 Overview

The Saab 9-3 is classed as a compact executive car and is produced by the Swedish car manufacturing Company Saab. The Saab 9-3 is the entry level car for Saab and has been in production since 1998. This car was designed as a replacement for the Saab 900, and is basically the next generation of that car. These cars are very comfortable, spacious and look stylish but are not very good at handling and are pretty bad rides considering the class it is in. Dose this sound anything like your experience of the Saab 9-3?

Saab 9-3 History

The first generation (1998-2002) was also known as the ‘new generation’ Saab 900 and carried on the hatchback style of its predecessor. There were supposedly 1100 changes made, including to the suspension as they tried to sort out problems from the previous version. These changes greatly improved the overall handling and drivability of the previously flawed Saab 900. This car scored highly in the Euro safety tests.

The second generation (2002-12) changed the look of this car, no longer available as a hatchback but as a saloon or estate. The estate version is known as the SportWagon in the UK. Like the previous version this car has great safety features including Saab Active Head Restraints. In 2008 this car had a makeover, with a supposed 2000 changes including a new design to the front end.

The third generation is expected towards the end of this year, 2012.


Linear Sport
Linear SE
Vector Airflow
Turbo X
Vector Sport
Turbo Edition

Fuel Economy

The Saab 9-3 has had the following engines available: 1.8, 2.0, 2.3 and 2.8L petrol and 1.9 and 2.2L diesel engines. The most economical of the range is the 1.9 diesel which offers up to 54mpg. Generally these engines are good economically considering the engine sizes. Which engine did you have for your Saab 9-3 and how did it fair economically?


There have been 5 and 6 speed manual gearboxes and 4, 5 and 6 speed automatic gearboxes for the Saab 9-3. Which gearbox did you have for your vehicle and how did it perform? Have a look at our Saab gearbox section to find the gearbox parts you need for your vehicle.


If you need parts for your Saab 9-3 then we like to think that we could help you solve your problem. We have a comprehensive network of UK Breakers who have parts available for all make and models. Enter your vehicle details in our part finder or visit the Saab 9-3 parts page to locate the exact part you need.