Review: Saab 9-3 (2007 – 2011)


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.

Saab 9-3 (2007 – 2011): At A Glance

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23–60 mpg

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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.
Answered by Keith Moody
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