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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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27 reader reviews for Saab 9-3 Convertible.
  • 2.0T Aero 6sp 2dr

    Cliff Nicholls , Herts . Date: 14/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have a automatic 9-3 Aero Convertible .

    The standard equipment is superb and I topped up with sat-nav and audio upgrade and rain-sensing wipers. Even with this high spec, it was still thousands less than the A4, which was my other shortlist - I don’t like BMW's, there are too many around for me.

    I had an old-model Saab 900 convertible a few years back and the improvement in the chassis is remarkable with practically no scuttle shake.

    I disagree about the refinement, mine is very quite with the hood up even at three-figure speeds and comparable or better than main rivals the A4 and BM3.

    I do agree the cabin plastics could be better, and I have a few creaks from round the centre console over broken ground, which are probably made worse by the Aero's stiffer suspension.

    The auto box does suit the car's characteristics, but the shift could be smoother and personally I would prefer a good DSG box (ie one that works - unlike an Alfa 147!)

    Performance is not blistering, however I had got very used to my previous S2000, so I'm possibly being a bit harsh comparing, but it does feel like it could cope with a few more horses, and more importantly it seems a bit lacking in torque which always used to be strong point of the old Saab Turbos.

    The true test of any convertible in my book is if you look forward to driving it in the pouring rain, and the Aero passes this test with flying colours.

    All in all I would recommend the Saab wholeheartedly.

  • 2.0t Vector 2dr

    Jonathan Black , Perthshire . Date: 04/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is all I had hoped for from the classic Saab convertible.

    It's a pleasure to drive, although the steering can feel a little light on high-speed bends - my head tells me loads of grip, but my hands are not so soure.

    The auto box is very smooth, although in manual mode it will not allow me to change up when I want to below 2000 revs, but in full auto it would make the change.

    The interior plastics are a little below expectations, although leather seats excellent.

    The interior is very airy for a cabrio with the hood up, mainly due to light headlining and reasonaby large rear quarter windows.

    Had compared to Merc CLK, and certainly more for money, and even seems to be less common!

  • 2.0T Aero 6sp 2dr

    Paul Leggett , Isle of Wight . Date: 02/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    An excellent car for those who are bored with German domination of the convertible market. We like to be individuals and the Saab 9-3 Convertible is that.

    Performance of the Aero engine is impressive as is the handling (for a convertible).

    I live in a mainly rural location and steaming around country roads is a dream but, with regular trips using the motorway system, the car is equally at home there.

  • 2.0t Vector 2dr

    David Poynter Date: 26/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Quality car to drive - just waiting for delivery of my new Vector

Saab 9-3 Convertible

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