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Saab 9-3, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Coupe, Convertible, Sedan, Wagon
#1 of 48 Saab 9-3: MPG Real World Numbers
by pf_flyer HOST
Jun 12, 2006 (9:21 am)
With the price of fuel being what it is, the mileage you're getting is becoming more important. This is the place to discuss the mileage performance you're getting out in the real world.
#2 of 48 Re: Saab 9-3: MPG Real World Numbers [pf_flyer]
Jul 15, 2006 (11:16 am)
I'm getting right at 24 mpg overall with my 2003 9-3 convertible. Probably could do better if I tried to.
I do tend to push it, but why buy a sports car to drive slow?
What do you all think about using regular instead of premium? Mid-grade?
#3 of 48 99 9-3 base and 04 linear
Jul 17, 2006 (3:07 pm)
99 96.5k miles base auto just got an average of 25 on a 2500 mile trip with speeds in excess of 80+ regularly. Typically with cruise at 55 can get 32/33, at 65 maybe 29, at 75 26 or so.
04 22.5k miles linear cruise control 55 can get 37/38. At various speeds get 34. Mixed driving 27/28
#4 of 48 2003 9-3 Arc 6-Speed
Jul 27, 2006 (5:25 pm)
I have been very pleased with my 9-3 Arc's gas mileage. I average around 27-28 around town and about 31-32 on trips. For me this has been one of the pleasant surprises about owning this car.
#5 of 48 Re: Saab 9-3: MPG Real World Numbers [pf_flyer]
Aug 13, 2006 (2:26 pm)
I have a 2000 9-3 linear with a 5-speed standard transmission. Three years ago i took a trip from Winnipeg MB to Victoria BC, which is about 2300 km (1450 mi) from the middle of the continent to the pacific coast. On the return leg I reset the SID, and on return to Winnipeg it indicated an *average* speed of 115 kph (71 mph) and mileage of 7.8 l/100 km (30 mpUSg) on the highway. My wife has a '99 9-3 with an automatic, giving her about 3-5 mpg poorer mileage around town than i get. We never use premium grade gas, instead relying on 87 octane for most of the year and switching to e10 (90 octane) for the winter. I find that city driving in Canadian winters uses a lot more gas for each of our cars, typically dropping by 5 mpg.
#6 of 48 Re: Saab 9-3: MPG Real World Numbers [pf_flyer]
Aug 29, 2006 (1:54 pm)
My 2001 9-3 turbo is averaging between 25.5 and 27 MPG. I drive from Providence, RI to Boston, MA (approx. 50 miles each way) several times per week. I always use 93 octane fuel.
#7 of 48 my 2003 9-3 Linear
Sep 24, 2006 (9:58 am)
my consumption here to share.
Seems like it's not care about the speed but the distant. the further I drive it get the better mpg. AT least I am driving at steady speed from 40-80 mph.
when I drove under 20 miles per trip it got 22-24mpg. when I drove 36 miles it got 26-27 mpg. when I drove 45 miles it got 27-29 mpg. When I drove over 100 miles it got 31-37 mpg. Those are number I can recall from the led screen.
#8 of 48 Regular vs Premium gasoline?
Sep 17, 2007 (7:03 pm)
We are looking at purchasing a 2005 Saab 9.3. Everything I read says it requires Premium gasoline but the dealer says it can use regular unleaded. What do you use?
#9 of 48 Re: Regular vs Premium gasoline? [paa]
Sep 22, 2007 (4:53 am)
My 2003 9-3 owner's manual states 90 octane so my car runs fine on mid-grade 89 octane. And I always try to buy Shell gasoline too.
#10 of 48 Re: Regular vs Premium gasoline? [paa]
Oct 22, 2007 (11:36 am)
Read the owners manual. I have a 2006 9-3 2.0T and it says it can handle down to 87 octane, but you will lose horsepower at that octane. I still have a ton of acceleration on regular and I am getting about 31 mpg on the highway, 24 in the city. So depending on the model year, you can use lower octane.