All two litre engines powering the 9-3 convertible are turbo-charged, hence a Saab dealer in your local area will be able to quote performance figures of between 124 and 143 mph and zero to sixty between 7.5 and 10.5 seconds. Economy remains good for every version with between 28 and 32 mpg to be expected from regular motoring.
A problem with convertibles in the past has been the retention of body rigidity while travelling. This is not an issue with the 9-3 convertible which has been sufficiently strengthened in order to achieve the characteristics of saloon car motoring. A Saab dealer can explain that Saab has gone to great lengths to ensure that their prized convertible retains a taut body with good chassis composure which ultimately promote good handling and grip in all conditions. These are all things you will experience yourself when you take out a 9-3 convertible for a test drive.
Back behind the wheel, and with your Saab car dealer alongside offering information, you'll appreciate the comfortable cabin and quality of the controls. In addition, and unlike many competitive convertibles, the 9-3 is not a vehicle in which you need suffer as a result of wintry weather. A very effective heating and ventilation system is installed to ensure that your driving experience in any weather remains enjoyable. When the sun does shine the Saab 9-3 comes with a powered roof, so access to the sunshine is just a push of the button.
Saab has a good reputation for building cars that are safe to drive and the 9-3 convertible is testament to this. Equipped with four airbags and a five star Euro NCAP crash test rating, this is one vehicle that you never need be concerned with passenger safety.
The current 9-3 convertible was launched back in 2003, with new prices currently between £24,405 and £30,995. Used prices should range between £19/27,000.
The 9-3 convertible is Saab's most desirable model, therefore expecting deals with a discount will be hard to negotiate for new examples. A Saab dealer in your local area might be more prepared to offer a better deal with a used rather than new example. Provided that you purchase a used example with a full service history, which you are more likely to find at a Saab car dealer than at a standard car dealers, you will find that Saab's good reputation for building reliable vehicles stands you in good stead, and the deal you make worth every penny. However the Saab you buy will only remain reliable provided you too keep to the servicing schedule. Fortunately service intervals are long, so there should not be a need to revisit your Saab car dealer often.