Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

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Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by CJ+ @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:15 pm

I'll update this a bit tomorrow with pix and more details, but wanted to give first impressions.

  1. Seat and general cabin. The seat is very, very good. This is a comfy car. It's been cold and bleak and northern (like you think of northern) up here today, and the bumwarmers are quick and the dual-zone climate get things toasty quickly. The radio is OK. Haven't blasted any of my banging choons yet, but Radio 4 sounded very agreeable; and the stereo has an aux input on the front panel. The BT phone connection is good too. Very clear at both ends (and piss easy to set up). A pleasingly low level of road noise comes through.
  2. Steering and driving. I like it. Definitely more agile than the Volvo. Steering is a little light, but that's electric power steering for you, I suppose. Turns in very nicely. Pedals are responsive without being twitchy (like French cars can be, where the clutch is all in the top inch etc). Brakes are strong but I'm a super smooth driver so didn't have to test them.
  3. Engine and performance. Bear in mind I've just come from a turbo petrol engine that only comes alive at >4K RPM, so I'm still going "cor" at the low-end torque. It's a diesel so it makes tractor noises, but once warm it quiets down nicely. The six-speed gearbox is very compliant and precise-feeling. This is a car for MPGverts. On paper its combined figure is 60MPG. I didn't figure out how to reset the MPG thinger until I got home but I've been a mile down the road and back, through two sets of traffic lights (I needed beer from the shop, alright?) and just doing that it's reading 29MPG. I'll really find out next week when I commute in it.
  4. Numbers. 1.9 diesel twin turbo, 160BHP, 360NM torque. £110 tax (122g/km CO2). Top speed 147MPH (ha!) 0-60 in 9.3 sec.
So, upcoming modifications: I'll be tuning this bad boy with a boot-liner and some new mats. I've already fitted an aftermarket dog guard from Halfords (£30!) and if it's shit, I'll get the proper Saab one which is £130.

ETA: Flat loading bay in the boot. That's a win!
ETA: The colour is officially "Glacier Silver"
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by Strawman @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:16 pm

I preferred the other review, more bite to it
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by CJ+ @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:18 pm

Strawman wrote:I preferred the other review, more bite to it

Yeah, dunno how that happened :|
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by Strawman @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:19 pm

CJ+ wrote:[*]Steering and driving. I like it. Definitely more agile than the Volvo.

Saab were always more sportscar like than Volvos, which were more agricultural in the driving feel, weird how Volvo survived longer I guess safety marketing trumps driving fun.
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by Strawman @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:20 pm

Glitch in the matrix
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by S1K @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:23 pm

It does seem a nice car. Hope it turns out well. I know this is totally mong thing to say but I do like the colour. I had a Jag in a similar light metallic blue and everyone always said how nice a colour it was. Never had a Saab but I do have a bit of a hankering for an older 900.
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by CJ+ @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:24 pm

BTW I've asked moles to zap this duplicate thread, so prolly post in the other one, yeah?
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by CJ+ @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:25 pm

It does look well in the flesh, so to speak. I've always had an affection for the lines of this era of Saab; and when I had the excuse and wherewithal to get one, it seemed rude not to.
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by Pigeon @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:28 pm

CJ+ wrote:BTW I've asked moles to zap this duplicate thread, so prolly post in the other one, yeah?


I've now merged them.
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by CJ+ @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:28 pm

Pigeon wrote:
CJ+ wrote:BTW I've asked moles to zap this duplicate thread, so prolly post in the other one, yeah?


I've now merged them.

Tar!
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by Käsemeister @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:48 pm

It’s a very nice colour. Better than the dull procession of silver / Grey / Black boringness.

Enjoy. Will be interested to hear how high the mpg will go.
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by CJ+ @ Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:29 pm

In a bloody cold carpark on the sea front.

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Currently sat at 50MPG after bimbling around to/from the coast with the dogs.
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by Disastrous @ Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:38 pm

I do miss mine a bit - nice car ceej!

Lovely shape on them.
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by Baby Huey @ Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:20 pm

Looks very nice. Always liked SAAB but yet to own one.
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by Käsemeister @ Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:33 pm

The silver roof rails really suit it well
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by S1K @ Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:39 pm

The wheels look in incredible nick for a seven year old car too.
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by CJ+ @ Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:40 pm

MPGverts, ACTIVATE!

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Also, having a "turbo" gauge is excellent. For what, I don't know. But, excellent.
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by Deuteronomy @ Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:51 pm

Nice looking car Ceej.
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by CJ+ @ Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:15 am

Audio thoughts, now I've played a CD rather than listening to Radio 4.

It's pretty decent. You can twiddle the equalizer and choose some presets (the usual: pop, rock, disco, country, classical, voice - that sort of thing). Goes pretty loud. Good bass and high end, but the middle is not as clear as it could be.

The CD player can read the album info off the disc. But it makes you press a button to see it, otherwise it just says "Track 4". How silly! I think it does MP3 CDs too, and I will make one tonight and have a go.

There is an auxiliary input, too - and it's sensibly positioned on the front panel, rather than being hidden in the mirror or the glovebox or the boot or whatever.
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by Turntable @ Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:11 am

CJ+ wrote:Also, having a "turbo" gauge is excellent. For what, I don't know. But, excellent.


Agreed. They are excellent.
Also, have you used the 'night mode' yet?
Surprisingly good and not gimmicky. Effectively you press it and it turns off all the interior lighting except the speedo. Amazing how you feel your eyes actually relax and don't realise quite how much your eyes are complaining about the amount ov light in the cabin versus trying to see the road in the dark
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by thekungfury @ Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:25 am

Turntable wrote:
CJ+ wrote:Also, having a "turbo" gauge is excellent. For what, I don't know. But, excellent.

Agreed. They are excellent.

My wife's car has pods on the dash for oil temp/pressure and turbo.
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I'm not entirely sure they're connected to engine at all but they look cool when you go woosh.
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Re: Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition TTiD

Post by CJ+ @ Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:17 pm

Turntable wrote:
CJ+ wrote:Also, having a "turbo" gauge is excellent. For what, I don't know. But, excellent.


Agreed. They are excellent.
Also, have you used the 'night mode' yet?
Surprisingly good and not gimmicky. Effectively you press it and it turns off all the interior lighting except the speedo. Amazing how you feel your eyes actually relax and don't realise quite how much your eyes are complaining about the amount ov light in the cabin versus trying to see the road in the dark

Yes I have.

I also pretended I was an international assassin on a stealth approach to the final target :D

(don't lie, you did too)
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