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Saab 9-3, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Coupe, Convertible, Sedan, Wagon
#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.
Oct 29, 2007 (8:55 pm)
I average 24 mpg with my '04 Aero 6-speed (using premium), but on a recent trip at a steady 75 mph I averaged 33 mpg over 330 miles.
#12 of 48 Re: Saab 9-3: MPG Real World Numbers [1viking]
Nov 21, 2007 (3:27 pm)
Ive been using regular and mid grade gasoline on my 2007 9-3 SS and I recently had to have it towed to the dealer because my spark plugs were so dirty that my engine wouldn't start.
The Saab servicer explained that it was due to poor fuel quality and they recommended using only premium fuel from Chevron or 76 (I was going to the cheapest gas station in town).
My vote is to use the best gasoline around.
Dec 21, 2007 (9:30 pm)
I run 87 Octane only in my 9-3 and average about 26 - 27 mpg. I have gotten as high as 35 mpg on a highway trip, but typically get more like 32.
I wish the world would wake-up and start making more 4 cyl turbos. They really make sense.
#14 of 48 Re: MPG [waterdr]
Dec 23, 2007 (1:55 pm)
How did you get to 35 mpg's highway? How fast (or slow) were you going?
I go about 65-70 mph each day for my commute and only average around 25 mpg. Which is still pretty good, I guess.