Who hasn’t driven a Saab 9-3?

I know from surveys and polls I’ve done here in the past that the largest single owner group perusing this blog is the group of owners with a Saab 9-3 in the garage. Whether it be a Sport Sedan, SportCombi or Convertible, the 9-3 is in what looms largest in garages across the readership here.
I do wonder, however, how many of the rest of you have actually driven the Saab 9-3, in whatever body style – and yes, I’m referring to the Sport Sedan generation of the 9-3 that started with the Sport Sedan from 2003 onwards, not the one that took over from the next generation Saab 900.
We talk a fair bit about the Saab 9-3 and its importance to Saab. It’s their volume seller and will probably continue to be their most important vehicle for some time.
So if you haven’t driven a Saab 9-3 yet, I’d invite you to do so.
If you’ve got the time in the next week or so, I suggest you call your local Saab dealer and ask for a test drive. If you’re not in a buying position then please be up front with the sales person and let them know you’re just trying to get familiar with the car, that you’re a Saab nut and you’ve heard a lot about it and that you want to make your mind up for yourself about how good this car is.
MY089-3fullside500.jpg Then, if you’ve got the time (again) I’d ask that you jot down a few thoughts and send them to me to share here.
One thing I’d ask……
We see the automotive media do this all the time but I’m going to ask you to avoid it – making comparisons.
Please just drive it and then judge it individually on its merits. Is it a good car or not? Does it deliver a great driving experience or not? Do you like the styling when you see it in person, or not? Do you like the cabin or not?
In making comparisons we focus on compromises and can lose the point of driving a car – do we enjoy that car or not. Any purchase decision involves a compromise but I’m not asking you to make a purchasing decision here. I’m just asking one simple thing: after driving the Saab 9-3 for the first time (or the first time in a long time if you’ve driven one before but some time ago), what do you think of the car?
I think the Saab 9-3 is a great car and I’d love to own one some day. I think the 2.0T engine is an absolute cracker and despite my longings for the old button dash, I also really like the interior ergonomics, comfort and functionality.
If you’ve not driven a Saab 9-3 yet, then I’d love to know what you think of it as a first timer.