Used Saab 9-3 Convertible 1998 - 2002 review

Category: Convertible

Section: What is it like?

1998 - 2002 review
Used Saab 9-3 Convertible 1998 - 2002
  • Used Saab 9-3 Convertible 1998 - 2002
  • Used Saab 9-3 Convertible 1998 - 2002
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What's the used Saab 9-3 sports like?

The Saab 9-3 Convertible might look just like the 900 model that preceded it, but beneath its familiar shape lies a heavily revised design. In fact, it shares its underpinnings with the contemporary Vauxhall Vectra.

Many Saab drivers like the understated sophistication of these models, and most cars are usually well cared for, making them a potential good used buy.

But, there's more to its appeal than that. For a start, this is a convertible that can happily take four adults, provides a decent boot and protects its passengers from wind when the top is down.

However, the loss of the roof does nothing to help the handling. And, because the chassis flexes so much, the 9-3 doesn't cope with poor quality road surfaces very well.

Saab has a proud history of turbocharged engines and the convertible is proof of that. However, the diesel engines available in the 9-3 hatchback didn't make it into the soft-top.