Saab 9.3

Car Review: SAAB 9-3 (Second Generation 2002-2010)

Want something reliable and affordable with comfort and luxury touches? Then look no further. There are a variety of shapes and the convertible models come in extra fun colors.

Saab 9.3 Convertible

The Good

1. Smooth, comfortable driving in city or interstate travel

2. Back seats fold down in the sedan and hatch to allow for more storage space

3. Reliable and responsive – known especially for their 2.0 Turbo

4. Also available in a convertible with more color options

5. One of the cheapest entry level luxury cars on the market

6. Has a unique aircraft inspired interior

7. Tons of boot space in the trunk of the sedan, hatchback, and wagon

8. Excellent handling gripping the road and taking corners with ease

9. Heated seats with height and spatial adjustment

10. Great fuel economy for this class of vehicle

11. Quiet engine

12. Key ignition is in the center console reducing the possibility of someone reaching in to take your keys or turn off the car

13. Has a timing chain instead of a rubber belt which won’t need to be replaced for many miles

Saab 9.3

The Bad

1. Not the easiest to navigate under the bonnet. Replacing a headlamp bulb takes some effort

2. Any major service should be done by a mechanic who knows how to service a SAAB

3. Not much room in the trunk of the convertible

4. SAAB no longer exists unfortunately

The Essentials

SAABS are value for money, so keep an eye out for one with low mileage.

Keep your SAAB serviced regularly and it will last you many years in comfort.

For someone who used to change cars three times a year at one point, I have been driving this little beauty for more than five and a half years now without the need to look elsewhere.

The Alternatives

Volvo S40 or S60 (2004-2012), Peugeot 407 (2003-2010), Alfa Romeo 156 (1997-2005)

The Verdict (Out of Ten)

9 out of 10

I have thoroughly enjoyed the ride and luxury perks the SAAB 9-3 offers. The turbo engine is great to use when needed, and its sporty good looks haven’t dated it like other cars. You’d be hard pushed to find another car that’s value for money for a luxury brand.

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