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9-3 gas mileage, in general?
Posted by westernny [Email] (more from westernny) on Tue, 3 Jul 2018 08:23:04
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We've owned various Saabs over the years, the last decade or so, only 9-5s. I've got a 9-5 closing in on 20 years old, and the techs say frame rot is pretty bad after 13 years in upstate NY, where road salt is just crazy. So, I've been looking at 9-3's, maybe 2008 or later. Been steered away from AWD by same techs as potentially expensive to mantain. Otherwise, they kind of like 9-3s in general.

But, various 9-3s I've looked at had original window stickers showing 15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway. Wow! My 9-5 Aero gets 23mpg city, 35 mpg highway, even after nearly 20 years. Got to figure that real world mileage isn't as good as the sticker figures, too.

Are later model 9-3s really that gas-hungry?

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