2001 SAAB 9-3 SE Convertible 2.0 turbo from North America
Neutral safety switch, easy fix as I'm part of an online SAAB forum, so I found a way to bypass the wiring.
Tires that came with the car when I bought it were junk; had to eventually replace them.
Other than that, nothing else has gone wrong with it (yet).
This is one of those cars, after I bought it, I thought to myself, why haven't I bought one of these a long time ago!?
The car can be VERY fast when you do the right mods to it; I had the ECU tuned to Stage 1, and it woke the car up like no tomorrow.
I'm constantly getting comments on the car from everyone on how good the car looks, and they seem shocked to find out it's already ten years old. With the top down, it's hands down the best looking convertible on the road.
I live in Wisconsin, and the top performed very well throughout the winter, keeping the cabin warm and the elements out. Not noisy either like many convertibles can be.
This is my second SAAB in 4 years; first one was a '99 hatchback.
Bottom line, despite the fate of SAAB's future, this car is awesome.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th April, 2012
28th Apr 2012, 15:12
First of all, I think this statement is very subjective "With the top down, it's hands down the best looking convertible on the road."
I owned a 2003, and although they are great looking cars, I would not go that far, in fact the 2nd generation Chrysler Sebring (a much less expensive vehicle) could be considered as good or better looking to some folks - again this is subjective.
One thing you fail to mention is the awful cowl shake felt through the steering wheel of that generation 9-3 Convertible, it was enough to ruin the enjoyment of a cruise in a convertible in mine. Don't get me wrong, I kept the car 5 years, but the cowl shake drove me nutty.
What about the peeling emblems and so-so stereo systems? These too were unacceptable on a nearly $43,000 vehicle.
The positives to me were the very comfortable seats, powerful engine, good road holding and excellent fuel mileage, not to mention a great top that had no leaks.