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Saab 9-3 Convertible

autoeduautoedu Posts: 47
Discuss all your experience about buying, leasing, owning the legendary Saab Convertible


  • 9-3 Convertible - WOW - the legend continues
    For the first time I think this version look a little more masculine than the previous generations, which had attracted plenty of women with a taste for fashion, and a handful of classy men :)
  • Anyone heard about the Saab sold on ebay for $9.99?
    Will they be selling anymore?
  • One more question if anyone can help - What kind of car is this?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Looks the kind that can't leave the driveway. :shades:
  • saablcpsaablcp Posts: 195
    I Don't know what it is.I do know what it isn't .It isn't a SAAB
  • bonsbons Posts: 45
    2002 Saab 93 SE Convt with Sport Package. Isn't this car beautiful? I'm lucky to own one :)
  • autoeduautoedu Posts: 47
    Yes, the car is absolutely a classic and very beautiful
  • esfoadesfoad Posts: 210
    Those cars with the Sport Package were amongst the most beautiful Saabs ever made. Enjoy your ride.
  • I am just returning my lease and will never get one. Bad service, the dealerships in california are basically and extension of cadillac dealership. Brakes need replacing every $25,000 miles and $500 bucks per axel. Everything falls apart. I had about 4 rcalls and the dealership loans me a cavaliar from enterprise rental everytime I go there.
    If you buy a BMW you drive a BMW when it is in the shop.
    Use your own judgement before you buy or lease one.
    And the lease return, They give you a book and make you go through every ncik and dent plus there the $350 recovery fee.
  • jeep53jeep53 Posts: 49
    I just had a question or two about a 2003 Saab Convertible I'm thinking about purchasing. After reading many reviews on, I'm a little concerned that the car has no center armrest. I find this hard to believe but after looking at various pictures, I see it's true. I was wondering how anyone felt about that when driving two or three hours. I think it might bother me. Also, what is this I heard about the doors not being locked automatically?
    That's another concern that I have.

    I would appreicate any response anyone might have. Thanks.
  • Yes both are correct, no middle armrest, and no automatic door lock button in the car, however your key has automatic lock/unlock button.

    I drive my 02 Saab 93 SE convertible 5 hours non-stop from az to ca, no middle armrest never seems to bother me. At high-speed on open road I always have both hands on the wheel, at cruising I have one of my hands on the bottom of the wheel to rest.
    When you get behind the wheel of Saab, you want to grap it with both hands and drive, it's that enjoyable. The powerful turbo-charged engine literally push you to the edge of your seat when you press on the gas pedal. It has the smoothest acceleration of any cars that I've ever driven.

    I'm most impressed with its quietness, for a soft-top convertible none is quieter than a Saab. On long trip I always take my Saab because it's more comfortable, fun and somehow make my long trip shorter, maybe it's my soundtrack :)

    Saab ownership enjoyment does require TLC and good maintenance. I also agree that Saab Customer Service needs major improvement. Its customer service isn't up to par for a luxury brand.
  • esfoadesfoad Posts: 210
    There is an accessory armrest available from Saab for the previous model. I had it on my 2001. BTW, we now have a 2004 convertible and loved both of these cars.
    Try this link
    or this one
  • jeep53jeep53 Posts: 49
    Thanks so much for your reply. I appreciate it very much. I'm currently looking at a 2003 SE convertible and the price seems to be very good. Around $16,000. I think I could get used to not having an armrest like you said. I haven't had a convertible in more than 30 years and it's about time we had a fun car to drive. What concerned me was the longer trips but you answered that question for me. Thanks again and good luck with your Saab. Enjoy!! By the way, have you had any major problems with it at all?
  • jeep53jeep53 Posts: 49
    Thanks for your info about the armrest you can purchase for the Saab 9-3 convertible. I looked at the site but it said for years 1999 thru 2002. I thought the '02's and '03's were the same interior but I might be wrong about that. I'm going to send the company a question about that. By the way, was it easy to intall and did it help much? Thanks again for your input.
  • Just keep up with basic maintenance. Here are a few tips
    1 - Always use synthetic oil (Mobil 1) 0W-40
    2 - Using above oil, change every 7500 miles
    3 - Always use premium fuel, fill up the tank before low fuel indicator light up (avoid driving it with low fuel level)

    Unique to Saab -
    *Use it for long trip (10+ miles), avoid short trips. Saab turbo-charged engine aren't made for running 5 errands around town all within 5 miles on a daily basis

    *Saab is ready to go after 10 seconds of warm-up every morning, 30 seconds max. Avoid long idle.

    *All saab owner should bookmark
  • esfoadesfoad Posts: 210
    It was easy to install. I am used to an armrest so I found it uncomfortable without one. It was much better after I installed the arm rest.
  • Thanks for your help. I appreciate it..I don't think I could get used to driving without one either. I saw the ones they sell online. I'm sure they're worth it. We're considering buying a 2003 SE that we saw..Not totally sure yet what we're going to do, but it looked very nice.
  • esfoadesfoad Posts: 210
    My 01 was an SE. Great car. Good luck and enjoy it if you take the plunge.
  • jeep53jeep53 Posts: 49
    I wanted to ask you if the armrest you bought for your 2001 Saab looked liked it was from the factory. I understand you have a 2004 now which came with the armrest in the car. Thanks for your replies. Good luck with the '04!!

  • esfoadesfoad Posts: 210
    Yes, it looked totally factory. This is a factory accessory.
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