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Saab 9-3 Convertible (2003-2012)

Traditionally the most popular convertible car in its sector the Saab 9-3 Convertible was perfected over several years resulting in a car that is finally as satisfying to drive as it is to look at. Despite being a great car, it struggles to compete with the sheer quality of build and materials of its German rivals. Prices were keen to undercut such opposition though and the fabric roof is quick, lightweight and well insulated. Later in the Saab 9-3 Convertible’s lifespan it was made available with a diesel option. Saab’s BioPower models allow use of the controversial ‘eco’ fuel bio-ethanol at a premium, however the diesel cars offer lower emissions.

Saab 9-3 Convertible Details

Production dates2003-2012
Length 4635 mm / 182 in
Width inc. mirrors 2038 mm / 80 in
Height 1434 mm / 56 in
Turning circle 10 m
Luggage capacity 352 litres / 12.43 cu ft
Fuel tank capacity 58 litres / 15.3 US gal
Warranty 3 years or 60,000 miles
Service intervals 18,000 miles

Saab 9-3 1.8T Convertible

The Saab 9-3 1.8T Convertible was a strong seller thanks to its entry-level price tag combined with good levels of performance and economy. It suits the car which has a chassis better suited to comfortable cruising thanhard driving. It is smoother and sounds better than the diesel alternative and can still post respectable miles to the gallon. The updated styling kept sales going despite the underlying car lagging behind its German competitors.

Saab 9-3 1.8T Convertible Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1998 cc
Power 150@5500 bhp
Torque 177@2500 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual / 5-spd auto
Kerb weight 1580 kg / 3483 lb
UK retail price from £26,800
UK insurance group 14/25

Saab 9-3 1.8T Convertible Performance

Max speed (manual) 127 mph / 204 kph
Max speed (auto) 131 mph / 211 kph
0-60mph (manual) 10 seconds
0-60mph (auto) 11 seconds

Saab 9-3 1.8T Convertible Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 36.7 mpg
EU combined MPG (auto) 31 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 176 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 209 g/km

Saab 9-3 1.8t BioPower Convertible

The Entry level Saab 9-3 1.8t was updated to allow use of bio-ethanol as well as petrol as a fuel. Promoted as sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, plant based bio-ethanol seemed like a great solution. Unfortunately it was followed by the relaisation that huge stretches of land would have to be dedicated to its production which could lead to further food shortages in third-world countries.

Saab 9-3 1.8t BioPower Convertible Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1998 cc
Power 175@5500 bhp
Torque 195@2500 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual / 5-spd auto
Kerb weight 1580 kg / 3483 lb
UK retail price from £27,390
UK insurance group 15/28

Saab 9-3 1.8t BioPower Convertible Performance

Max speed (manual) 131 mph / 211 kph
Max speed (auto) 131 mph / 211 kph
0-60mph (manual) 8.4 seconds
0-60mph (auto) 9.6 seconds

Saab 9-3 1.8t BioPower Convertible Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 36.7 mpg
EU combined MPG (auto) 31 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 176 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 176 g/km

Saab 9-3 2.0t BioPower Convertible

Despite the model names the 2.0t shares the same engine as the 1.8t only with a bigger turbo to increase power.

Saab 9-3 2.0t BioPower Convertible Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1998 cc
Power 200@5500 bhp
Torque 221@2500 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual / 5-spd auto
Kerb weight 1680 kg / 3703.8 lb
UK retail price from £30,390
UK insurance group 16

Saab 9-3 2.0t BioPower Convertible Performance

Max speed (manual) 140 mph / 225 kph
Max speed (auto) 137 mph / 220 kph
0-60mph (manual) 7.9 seconds
0-60mph (auto) 8.9 seconds

Saab 9-3 2.0t BioPower Convertible Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 33.2 mpg
EU combined MPG (auto) 29.1 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 203 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 232 g/km

Saab 9-3 Aero 2.0T Convertible

Saab 9-3 Aero 2.0T Convertible Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1998 cc
Power 210@5300 bhp
Torque 221@2500 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual / 5-spd auto
Kerb weight 1675 kg / 3693 lb
UK retail price from £32,970
US retail price from $32,970
UK insurance group 16/32

Saab 9-3 Aero 2.0T Convertible Performance

Max speed (manual) 140 mph / 225 kph
Max speed (auto) 140 mph / 225 kph
0-60mph (manual) 7.7 seconds
0-60mph (auto) 9 seconds

Saab 9-3 Aero 2.0T Convertible Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 36.2 mpg
EU combined MPG (auto) 34 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 179 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 214 g/km

Saab 9-3 Aero V6 Convertible

Saab 9-3 Aero V6 Convertible Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine type V6
Engine capacity 2792 cc
Power 280@5500 bhp
Torque 273@2000 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual / 6-spd auto
Kerb weight 1750 kg / 3858 lb
UK retail price from £34,622
UK insurance group 18

Saab 9-3 Aero V6 Convertible Performance

Max speed (manual) 155 mph / 249 kph
Max speed (auto) 152 mph / 245 kph
0-60mph (manual) 7 seconds
0-60mph (auto) 7.7 seconds

Saab 9-3 Aero V6 Convertible Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 28 mpg
EU combined MPG (auto) 25.7 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 242 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 263 g/km

Saab 9-3 1.9 TTiD Convertible

The Saab 9-3 1.9 TTiD Convertible was offered in 160ps and 180ps variants based on the same engine. The more powerful version was a little swifter off the line but the figures were otherwise the same.

Saab 9-3 1.9 TTiD Convertible Specifications

Fuel type Diesel
Engine type
Engine capacity 1910 cc
Power 160@4000 ps
Torque 266@1750 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual / 6-spd auto
Kerb weight 1655 kg / 3649 lb
UK retail price from £27,005
UK insurance group 26

Saab 9-3 1.9 TTiD Convertible Performance

Max speed (manual) 130 mph / 209 kph
Max speed (auto) 127 mph / 204 kph
0-60mph (manual) 10 seconds
0-60mph (auto) 10.3 seconds

Saab 9-3 1.9 TTiD Convertible Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 54.3 mpg
EU combined MPG (auto) 45.6 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 145 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 189 g/km

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3 Owner Reviews

Do you drive a Saab 9-3 Convertible? Would you recommend it to others? Why not leave a comment to let us know what you think of the car. This Saab has 3 owner reviews.

  1. Nimbo Nimbo says:

    I don’t own a Saab, but was fortunate enough to have the use of an 2008 1.9 twin turbo diesel for 4 days about a year ago. Although it’s been around for quite some time I still think the 9-3 and particularly the convertible is a good looking car. Unfortunatley, being an old design means the interior feels dated and lacks the quality of it’s rivals. The driving experience is fine as long as your not expecting a razor sharp drive. The Saab is best when it’s cruising. The ride is fine and there’s not much in the way of scuttle shake. The diesel engine can be quite vocal but has great low down grunt which can overwhelm the front wheels on a damp surface. Economy is also a strong point although I’d still go for the petrol if not doing huge mileage as it’s more in keeping with the serene nature of the car. Overall, not my first choice new, but after a few years it would tempt me as a used car

  2. George Towell George Towell says:

    I have found my Saab to be a reliable and comfortable car, maybe, I feel gives the impression of feeling a little unsure in large bends at speed (not excessive speed). My biggest breakdown being a broken auxiliary chain tensioner (very unwisely made of plastic) (maybe influenced by GM). At the time I changed all the chains and sprockets as it was off. The only other complaint is the finish on the switches and buttons which wears off and leaves an unsightly white plastic showing through.other than that I love it to bits. Strangely when I am driving around I often mistake from a distance one of the BMW model convertable which looks very much the same as a Saab 9-3, maybe they like it so much the tweaked there design, but with the top down there is none like the 9-3

  3. jon ellis jon ellis says:

    My late Fathers friend owned one of the first SAAB Dealerships.Based in Chester they garage neede a car collecting from a company called Andersons in Stockport.My Father said he would go and collect it for them.Its was a Black Saab 99 Turbo and the FIRST TO ARRIVE FOR SALE IN UK.Still remember how much he loved it.Anyway around 50 tears later I have just bought a 9-3 Aero Convertible on an 06 plate and its fantastic!!!!!!Thanks Dad

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