With much regret we're selling our terrific Saab 9-3 Convertible. It's in great shape and I'll let you know everything that's good and bad about it below.
The car was purchased with 99,092 miles on the odometer in April of 2014. It now has just a few miles over 114,000 which works out to 3,727 miles per year under our ownership and about 9,500 per year total.
This has always been garaged under our ownership and appears to have been garaged since new.
We specifically looked for a 5-speed Saab convertible to replace a Saab 9-5 Aero and this car has been a real treat. The heater works great so you can easily do year-'round top-down driving even in colder climates. I've had the top down in 20 degrees which, admittedly, was kinda bonkers but still, you can do it.
Like all Saabs it's a great do-anything type of car. It's a blast on back roads, especially with the top down. It's comfortable for long drives. It'll handle commuter traffic. And you can easily fit a car seat in the back. We frequently took our 4-year old to school in this.
The good:Runs and handles wellGreat mid-range performanceSaab parts are shockingly inexpensive5-Speed Manual!Current VA safety inspection expires this month. Will get a new safety inspection this week.New Sumitomo tires 4/17 - less <5000 mi. on themTakata airbag recall performed 4/17New link rods installed 4/17AC recharged 6/14 - works greatWasher pump replaced 6/16Installed auto-dimming mirror w/ compass from Aero modelReplaced AC control buttonsThe not-so-good:The front floor mats are a bit tattered. New ones are still available.Minor stone chips on leading edge of hoodSmall tear in vinyl side panel in rear seatDriver's heated seat bolster not heating (back works)Passenger seat bolster has a tear in the stitching. Not really noticeable, but it bothers me.Second key needs to be programmed. (Get it programmed the next time it needs dealer service.)Specs:Engine: 2.0L Turbo-charged Inline 4Horsepower: 210 @ 5500Torque: 221 @ 2500Fuel Economy: 21 City/29 HighwayFuel Type: 87 OctaneRear LATCH systemDriver & Front passenger adaptive airbagsDriver & Front passenger head/thorax airbagsDynaCage with active rollover protection8-way power driver's seatLeather-trimmed steering wheelAux jackCruise ControlDual-zone automatic climate control w/ cabin air filterFront side window de-mistersRear window defrosterIlluminated & cooled glove boxUndercoating & anti-corrosion treatmentRear fog lampPower heated mirrors
One thing that's neither here nor there is that I've dimmed the air bag warning lights because they were distracting on dark roads at night. I mean, really, do they need to be that bright? I get it. No one's in the seat. I can tell by just looking to my right.
12 years on this is still a good looking car. In fact, it's extremely Saab in that it looks better as time goes by. I'm going to miss this car and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
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|VIN (Vehicle Identification Number):||YS3FD75Y166006572|
|Model:||9-3||Warranty:||Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty|
|Drive Type:||FWD||Safety Features:||Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag|
|Mileage:||114,100||Power Options:||Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats|
|Sub Model:||Arc||Fuel Type:||Gasoline|
|Exterior Color:||Black||For Sale By:||Private Seller|
|Interior Color:||Gray||Disability Equipped:||No|
|Number of Cylinders:||4||Drive Side:||Left-hand drive|