Review: Saab 9-3 (2007 – 2011)

Rating:

More of the same. Modernised with sharper looks. Quick 2.8 twin-turbo. Strong diesels. Spare parts still readily available.

Lost some upmarket image Saabs once had. Quality went downhill.

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8 December 2019

Non-availability of rear suspension bushes for SAAB 9-3s reported. Read more

3 June 2018

Sticking fuel gauge when about 1/4 full in SAAB 9-3s and 9-5s caused by fuel tank baffle becoming loose and jamming the float on the sender unit. Simply SAAB of Keynsham near Bristol fixes by accessing... Read more

23 May 2017

Complaint that when timing belt of SAAB 9-3 1.9TiD convertible was replaced prior to purchase at 69,000 miles in October 2016, the waterpump was not also replaced. This then seized in May 2017, throwing... Read more

Saab 9-3 (2007 – 2011): At A Glance

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Real MPG average for a Saab 9-3 (2007 – 2011)

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86%

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23–60 mpg

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300

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As SAAB no longer produce cars, how do I get a certificate of conformity to import my 9-3 to France?

I'm considering importing into France a SAAB 9-3. A requirement in France is to provide a letter confirming conformity with French standards. As SAAB is no longer a car manufacturer, can you advise how or where I can obtain this Certificate or Conformity?
There are a couple of options open to you. First of all, check the owner's manual as some models did come with them. Failing that, have a chat with Saab Parts UK. If that doesn't work, the DVLA should be able to provide you with a certificate of conformity - although I think there is a charge associated with this service.
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