Saab 9-3 2.2 TiD

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Saab 9-3 2.2 TiD

Hatchback, Estate, Saloon, Convertible - Front (FWD) - 6 Speed Manual, 5 Speed Automatic - 123 bhp - Diesel

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Review of "Saab 9-3 2.2 TiD"

published 07/04/2008 | SexySaab
Member since : 07/04/2008
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Pro Solid,well built,safe,economical,quick,stylish,comfortable,and classy.
Cons Main dealers service costs,Sid units pixels,and parts expensive.
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Fuel consumption

"Saab 93 2.2 Tid se"

Had my Saab 93 2.2 tid se just over a year now and it has been a superb car so far!
Well built,totally reliable,economical,comfortable and a superb drivers car.
Luckily there is a Saab specialist on my doorstep virtually,so repairs and servicing are done using genuine Saab products,but without the usual high labour costs associated with main dealers.
The car has been put together well and feels solid/safe.
Motorway driving is made for this car,but the car doesn't feel as comfortable on winding roads!
The Saab SID pixel issue has rose it's ugly head again with my car as with so many other Saabs,but there is a guy on Ebay that repairs them for £49 with a lifetime guarantee!!!!(Compare that with a dealers price of over £300 and just a one year guarantee)!
Love the heating system in the car and the seats,but a little more lumbar support for front seat passengers would be good.
My car returns around 40 mpg driving in town,was cheapish to insure fully comp(£300 with RAC breakdown recovery included, and in fact was cheaper than my previous car which was an old Renault 5???
All in all a superb car and Saab can pat themselves on the back with this superb diesel car,but Saab need to address the ridiculous main dealers pricing for Saabs because many like me are turnig to just as good specialists garages who do the work for a fraction of the price!
The SAAB SID units have a reputation for losing their pixels as mine has done,but like i have said there is a guy on Ebay who will repair your SID for £49 and include a lifetime guarantee!(Dellboy555 is the bloke)!
I tried one of them quick fix ones you see on Ebay where they email the details on how to repair your SID once you have payed them £4/5,but this proved to be a waste of time and money because if you don't know what you are doing then you can make matters worse!
Going back to the Saab i had all new brake discs and pads fitted last week at a cost of £258 with a superb Saab specialist who used genuine Saab materials!
I had been quoted a massive amount of £600 if i was to use a main dealer!(Need i say more)?
If you want to own a Saab 93 then i would recommend the 2.2 tid which is basically a Vauxhall Vectra diesel engine which is favoured by many a taxi driver because of it's reliability and economy!
If you look after your car then your car will look after you!
I don't thrash my car and in fact only fill up once every three weeks at a cost of around£40/50 which is pretty good i think!
Just replaced a tyre this week to!
The cost?£42 all in and brand new from ETS,which was half the cost of what Kwikfit quoted me!
The boot on this car is huge and with the seats folded down in the rear turns the car into an estate/van!
I managed to get a full length fridge freezer into mine a few months ago so saved delivery costs of £30 the store wanted from me!
The air-con is super in the summer,but be warned as this affects the fuel consumption a great deal so while you maybe be keeping cool you might just get hot under the collar if you glance down at the fuel indicator!
Yes,all in all a superb car which i intend to keep for many years.

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  • manlybeach published 07/04/2008
    Useful first review and welcome to ciao
  • Hacksaw25 published 07/04/2008
    Not the type of car I would go for, but a great review none the less!!! Nice one!! M
  • Soho_Black published 07/04/2008
    Has it required any repairs and what has been the problem? What is the issue with this SID, as you mention that issue as if you expect everyone to know what it is.
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Product Information : Saab 9-3 2.2 TiD

Manufacturer's product description

Hatchback, Estate, Saloon, Convertible - Front (FWD) - 6 Speed Manual, 5 Speed Automatic - 123 bhp - Diesel

Product Details

Body Type: Hatchback; Estate; Saloon; Convertible

Fuel Type: Diesel

Power: 123

Transmission type: 6 Speed Manual; 5 Speed Automatic

Range: Saab 9-3

Driven Wheels: Front (FWD)

Range + Engine Type: 9-3 2.2 TiD

Manufacturer: Saab


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